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 new second degree program is completed in 16 consecutive months of full time study. Both professional degrees 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, child and family services, gerontology, public policy and community development.
As entry into the School of Social Work directly from high school is not available, students should indicate Pre-Social Work in the appropriate place on their university application. The programs are not offered via distance education.
The bachelor of social work as a first degree requires students to completed 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 prerequisitie courses via distance through Memorial. Student 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 a previous undergraduate degree in another field, including specific prerequisitie courses, and experience working or volunteering in social 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.
Graduates from the School of Social Work can be found working in the following areas: