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Bachelor of Social Work

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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 will learn clinical case management skills, advocacy techniques and social policy analysis. Special emphasis is placed on social work in rural settings; however, graduates are also prepared for work in larger urban areas.

The objectives of the Bachelor of Social Work program are the achievement of:

(1) a liberal education involving general knowledge of people and nature, use of analytical and critical competence and personal social responsibility, and

(2) the learning of the fundamental knowledge, values and skills necessary for professional practice.

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) 864-8165