Cape Breton University

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Bachelor of Social Worker

Cape Breton University

Faculty:School of Education and Health
Degree:Bachelor; Co-op
Field of Study:Social Work
Length:16 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $21,164
National: $23,730

Cost covers the entire 16-month BSW program.

Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service WorkersSocial and Community Service Workers


Cape Breton University's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to prepare the next generation of social workers with practice-ready skills to address social and systemic inequities. In response to pressing socio-economic crises and healthcare challenges, the BSW program uses a trauma-informed lens which emphasizes bio-psycho-social determinants of health, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and decolonization of social work practice, generational dimensions of poverty and addiction and culturally safe practices and care.

An accelerated 16-month program pre-accredited through the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), the BSW program adheres to the core learning objectives of CAWSE while maintaining the commitments to an inclusive and supportive learning environment that enables ongoing self-reflection and the integration of theory, research and practice through hands-on learning experiences. The BSW program offers opportunities for intra-professional collaboration and aims to thoughtfully prepare practice ready social workers for the profession. The BSW program is delivered full-time, on campus with the exception of two field practicums. Currently we do not offer a part-time study option.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Completion of an undergraduate degree (minimum of a 90-credit degree) and submission of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions is required for admission.
    Additional Admission Requirements:

      • Submission of Personal Statement which describes the applicant's interest in social work
      • Submission of Work and Volunteer Experience
      • Three references: one academic and two professional
      • Applications will be screened during the admissions process and selected applicants will move forward to an interview
      • All course requirements must be met by May 1 in order to be eligible for Fall (September) admission

      * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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