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Degree Options & Requirements

The School of Social Work offers two streams of BSW Honours degree programs. The direct entry program allows students to begin their professional education when they have graduated from high school or community college. This program offers professional social work education within the context of a broad general education. The post-degree program provides social work education to students who have completed their undergraduate degree.

Direct Entry


The first year concentrates on social sciences, humanities and natural science courses, as well as the introductory level course "Introduction to Critical Social Work." In your second year, about half of your courses will be in social work, while the rest will be "electives" that you choose from a wide selection of courses and disciplines. In the final year students will be involved in a field placement in a social service setting. This vital experience, arranged by the School, will provide important hands-on experience in a variety of community settings.

Gaining practical experience is a key element in this program. During the final year of studies, students spend three days a week in a social service agency working with a qualified and experienced social worker. Students complete their placements in a wide range of settings, including family and community services facilities.

Honours Bachelors (BSW) | Honours Major/Minor (BSW)

Post-Degree Entry


The post-degree program is offered to students who have completed an undergraduate degree. The program consists of 54 credits, or nine full courses in Social Work. If you are a student who currently holds a three year or honours undergraduate degree, you are eligible to apply.

Successful practice experience is an essential requirement in the BSW program. The Social Work Practicum, (700 hours: AP/SOWK 4000 6.0 & AP/SOWK 4001 6.0) is composed of tutorials and field work components in approved social work settings arranged by the Field Education Coordinator in the School.

Honours Bachelors (BSW)