BSW as a Second Degree

The bachelor of social work (BSW) degree qualifies the graduate for beginning professional practice in social work settings. The BSW program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The admission requirements are outlined in the University Calendar. Entry to the BSW program is competitive. Selection of candidates for admission is based on academic standing and relevant experience/involvement in human services.

The BSW as a Second Degree consists of 60 credit hours completed over a two-year period. Once admitted to the Second Degree program, students complete the degree full-time, at the St. John's campus, over two years, in the Fall and Winter semesters. The program includes two 350 hour field practicum placements.

There is a Program Residency Requirement requiring students to take specific courses on the St. John's campus. Once students are admitted to a BSW program, the program is an on-campus, full-time program.

The aim of the BSW program is to develop social workers with generically based skills for working with individuals, families, communities and groups in a variety of settings. Our graduates work in child protection, health care, addictions and justice, to name a few. 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:

  • assessment
  • interviewing
  • counselling
  • advocacy
  • 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, communities, formal organizations and society).


School of Social Work

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000