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Bachelor of Social Work

Social Work students with professor

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree qualifies the graduate for beginning professional practice in social work.

Students are required to complete 10 prerequisite courses (30 credit hours) at the university level prior to being eligible for entry into the program. Once admitted, students complete the Bachelor of Social Work degree full-time, at the St. John's campus, over three (3) years, in the fall and winter semesters.

The program is competitive for a limited number of placements each year and requires a supplementary application to be submitted by March 1st in the year for which admission is sought.

The progam’s aim is to educate social workers with broadly based generalist skills in working with individuals, families, communities and groups.

Students receive an education which prepares them to work in urban centres and rural settings. A special emphasis is placed on the importance of identifying local needs and developing the means of meeting these needs in the context of available resources.

Areas in which students will be educated include:





program/policy analysis

community capacity building

The objectives of the undergraduate program are to prepare students to:

  • promote social justice and social well-being and creatively challenge oppression;
  • acquire and apply knowledge, skills, values, professional ethics and critical thinking abilities;
  • recognize limitations and strengths as a beginning social work practitioner;
  • integrate reflexively critical self-awareness;
  • assume leadership in collaboration and interdisciplinary practice;
  • utilize and participate in innovative and traditional inquiry and research models;
  • creatively practice with diverse individuals and collectives;
  • promote and critique the social work profession on regional, provincial, national and global levels;
  • commit to the process of lifelong learning;
  • participate collaboratively and respectfully in innovative teaching and learning processes; and
  • address issues of transition and crisis in diverse contexts (individuals, families, groups,

The major focus of the School of Social Work is to educate students to be able to practice social work in a variety of settings. Some of the settings include child protection, health care, addictions and justice, to name a few.

The BSW program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

For information about the Bachelor of Social Work program direct your inquiries to: or (709) 864-4843.