School of Social Work

Application Deadline: March 1

Separate application required: Yes

Intake: BSW (as a first degree) - Fall semester only; BSW (as a second degree) - Winter semester only



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. Both options qualify graduates for work with individuals, families, groups and communities. Through a combination of course work and two field internships, 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. On completion, students are prepared for beginning social work practice in areas such as mental health and addictions, children and family services, gerontology, public policy and community development.


Admission requirements

There is no direct entry from high school into the bachelor of social work program. Courses are completed on the St. John's Campus and at two internship sites throughout the province as selected by the field education co-ordinator.

The bachelor of social work as a first degree requires students to complete a minimum of 10 university-level courses while meeting the academic performance criteria before being eligible to apply. Students may be able to complete the prerequisite courses via distance through Memorial. Students who are eligible for admission will be ranked based on academic performance, relevant work/volunteer experience, an admissions test and references.

The bachelor of social work as a second degree requires applicants to have an undergraduate degree, including specific prerequisite courses, and experience working or volunteering in human services.

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.



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Phone: 709 864 4843 or 709 864 2558