Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

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The School of Social Work offers two unique undergraduate social work programs:

  • bachelor of social work (as a first degree)
  • 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 over four semesters. Courses are completed on the St. John’s campus and at two practica (field internship) sites throughout the province.

Through a combination of course work and two community-based field practica, the bachelor of social work (BSW) programs emphasize social justice through hands-on learning. Students gain experience in assessment, interviewing, counselling, advocacy and community capacity building.

Admission requirements

Direct entry from high school into the BSW programs is not possible. If you are eligible for admission to the programs, you will be ranked based on academic performance, and experience in human services that relates to social work.

Both programs are competitive for a limited number of seats. You must apply by March 1 in the year in which admission is being sought.

Bachelor of social work (as a first degree)

To apply for admission into the School of Social Work, indicate your desired degree option in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission.

To apply to the BSW as a first degree program, you must complete the following prerequisite courses (30 credit hours):

  • Social Work 1710
  • 18 credit hours from complementary studies, including six credit hours from learning objective one and three credit hours in each of the following learning objectives: two, four, five and six
  • additional nine credit hours from learning objectives two to six

You must complete the 10 prerequisite courses with a minimum of 65% in each course and achieve an average of at least 65% in your last 30 credit hours of undergraduate study.

You may be able to complete the prerequisite courses through online learning. All prerequisite courses must be attempted and completed by the end of the winter semester.

You must complete a minimum of 60 verified hours of work/ volunteer/community involvement experience in human services that relates to social work while meeting the academic performance criteria.

Bachelor of social work (as a second degree)

The Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree is a 60 credit hour program intended for candidates who have completed a university degree, the required prerequisite courses, meet the academic performance requirements, and have verified work experience/volunteer experience and/or community involvement in human services related to social work.

To apply for admission into the School of Social Work, indicate your desired degree option in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission.

To be considered for admission to the bachelor of social work as a second degree program, you must have:

  • been awarded a Bachelor’s degree, or been approved (by the end of the winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought) for the award of a Bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • achieved an average of at least 70% in the courses comprising the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study attempted by the end of the winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought and for which a numeric grade has been assigned
  • completed a minimum of 45 credit hours from the following disciplines:
    anthropology, archaeology, English, gender studies, geography, history, humanities, law and society, philosophy, police studies, political science, psychology, religious studies, social/cultural studies or sociology.
    (These courses and credits must have been taken at Memorial University or accepted for transfer credit from a recognized post-secondary institution.)

You must also complete the following 9 credit hours of required prerequisite courses with a minimum of 70% in each course:

  • Social Work 1710
  • three credit hours from complementary studies learning objective three
  • three credit hours from Psychology 2020, 2030, 2100, 2025, 2125 or 3100

All prerequisite courses must be attempted and completed by the end of the winter semester. These courses and credits must have been taken at Memorial University of Newfoundland or accepted for transfer credit from a recognized university or university college.

You must submit a minimum of 300 verified hours of work/volunteer/community involvement experiences in human services that relates to social work while meeting the academic performance criteria.

Additional documents required for admission

Your application to the the BSW as a first degree or as a second degree will require you to submit the following:

  • verified 300 hours of work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human service that relates to social work (included as part of the online application)
  • provide a response to a statement on the online application

The School of Social Work provides full details on supporting documents required for admission.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for students planning on applying to the bachelor of social work (as a first degree). 

Sample courses beyond first year

SCWK 2711 - Social Justice and Social Work Practice
SCWK 3221 - Social Impacts on Human Development
SCWK 4323 - Field of Practice: Social Work in Addictions

Career opportunities

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
  • gerontology
  • primary healthcare and long-term care
  • mental health and addiction services
  • community settings
Program Information
Faculty/School:

School of Social Work

Campus:

St. John's

Honours Option:

No

Work Experience:

Community-based field practica

Duration:

BSW (as a first degree)

  • 4 years (1 year of prerequisite study + 3 years in the degree program).

BSW (as a second degree)

  • 2 years 

Intake:

BSW (as a first degree)

  • Fall semester only

BSW (as a second degree)

  • Fall semester only

Application Deadline:

March 1

Supplementary Application:

Yes


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Contact

Undergraduate Admissions and Programs

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