BSW Degree Requirements

Full-Time Program

The BSW program consists of 66 credits for students who enter without a Bachelor’s degree, or 60 credits for those entering the program with a Bachelor’s degree.

Year 1

  • SOWK 305C: Social Work Practice I – Community (3 credits)
  • SOWK 305G: Social Work Practice I – Groups (3 credits)
  • SOWK 305I: Social Work Practice I – Individuals (3 credits)
  • SOWK 310A: Interviewing Skills (6 credits)
  • SOWK 315: Practicum I (6 credits)
  • SOWK 316: Integrative Practice (3 credits)
  • SOWK 325: Indigenous Peoples & Critical Social Work Analysis (3 credits)
  • SOWK 335: Social Analysis for Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • SOWK 337: Culture and Race in Social Work Practice (3 credits)

Year 1 total credits: 33

Summer term: students without a prior degree should complete at least 6 credits of electives if they plan to graduate the following May, since the scheduling of SOWK 415 makes it very difficult to complete all elective requirements in Year 2.

Year 2

  • SOWK 400: Canadian Social Policy (3 credits)
  • SOWK 405: Social Work Practice II (3 credits)
  • SOWK 415: Practicum II (6 credits)
  • SOWK 416: Advanced Integrative Practice (3 credits)
  • SOWK 420: Introduction to Social Work Research (3 credits)
  • ELECTIVES* (9 or 15 credits):
    *Electives must be 300-400 level courses chosen from the following areas: Faculty of Arts, SOWK 440/450 courses, SPPH courses, Faculty of Education.
    The majority of electives (i.e., 6 of 9 credits, or 9 of 15 credits) must be taken from SOWK.

Year 2 Total Credits: 27 or 33

TOTAL Credits for Year 1 and 2: 60 or 66

Advancement through the Program

Although satisfactory academic performance is prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The School reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the BSW program if he or she is considered unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of social work.