University of Northern British Columbia

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Social Work

University of Northern British Columbia

Faculty:Faculty of Social Work
Degree:Bachelor; Co-op
Field of Study:Social Work
Social Work, Other
Cost per year:*
National: $6,522
International: $23,010
Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service WorkersSocial and Community Service Workers


The Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) is designed to prepare students for beginning level, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. The focus of the BSW is oriented towards social work in northern and remote areas, First Nations, women and the human services, and community practice and research. Analysis of class, gender and race relations are considered central to the social work program. As mandated by its accrediting body, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) and by the Social Work Code of Ethics, Social Work at UNBC provides a professional program that advocates for justice and equality and equips graduates with the intellectual, practical and professional skills needed to promote beneficial change.

The School of Social Work at UNBC offers programs of full and part-time studies leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW). Courses are offered in Prince George and in selected regional sites (see Regional Delivery below). The BSW will normally consist of two years of general university studies (60 credit hours) and two years of professional social work courses (60 credit hours). The BSW is articulated with recognized Social Services programs in Northern British Columbia.

Social Work Field Education offers students an opportunity to develop their social work practice skills within an agency or community setting. A variety of placements are available, locally and in the region, and whenever possible the student's interests and learning needs will be matched with a suitable placement opportunity.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*65
Application Notes : Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program is limited and is based on academic qualifications and available space. Students will normally complete 60 credit hours of study that includes a minimum of 48 credit hours of liberal arts and science courses. Students will achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.67 (B-) (calculated on a student's most recent 60 credit hours of study) and meet other selection criteria prior to program entry. More information about these criteria can be found in the BSW Supplementary Application for Admission form.

* 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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