Bachelor of Social Work
The School of Social Work offers two unique undergraduate social work programs: the bachelor of social work as a first degree and the bachelor of social work as a second degree. The first degree program is completed in four years of full-time study. The second degree program is completed in 16 consecutive months of full-time study. Courses are completed on the St. John’s campus and at two practica (field internship) sites throughout the province as selected by the field education co-ordinator.
Through a combination of course work and two community-based field practica, the bachelor of social work programs emphasize social justice through hands-on learning. Students gain experience in assessment, interviewing, counselling, advocacy and community capacity building.
There is no direct entry from high school into the bachelor of social work program.
The bachelor of social work as a first degree requires students to complete a minimum of 10 university-level courses and 60 verified hours of work/volunteer/community involvementexperience in human services while meeting the academic performance criteria. Students may be able to complete the prerequisite courses via distance through Memorial.
The bachelor of social work as a second degree requires applicants to have an undergraduate degree, including specific prerequisite courses, and 300 verified hours of work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services, while meeting the academic performance criteria.
Students who are eligible for admission to the BSW Program(s) will be ranked based on academic performance, work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services, letters of appraisals, self-appraisal, and a personal statement.
Both programs are competitive for a limited number of seats. A supplementary application is required to be submitted by March 1 in the year in which admission is being sought.
For further details on admission to both programs, please refer to the School of Social Work website.
The bachelor of social work prepares graduates to be counsellors, advocates, community developers and policy makers. Some areas of practice include:
- Child and family services
- Primary healthcare and long-term care
- Mental health and addiction services
- Community settings
School of Social Work
Community-based field practica
B.S.W. (as a first degree)
- 4 years (1 year of prerequisite study + 3 years in the degree program).
B.S.W. (as a second degree)
- 16 consecutive months
BSW (as a first degree)
- Fall semester only
BSW (as a second degree)
- Winter semester only