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 305: Social Work Practice I (6 credits)
  • SOWK 310A: Interviewing Skills (6 credits)
  • SOWK 315: Practicum I (6 credits)
  • SOWK 316: Integrative Practice (3 credits)
  • SOWK 335: Social Analysis for Social Work Practice (6 credits)
  • SOWK 337: Culture and Race in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • SOWK 425: First Nations Social Issues (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.

Promotion Requirement

The School requires a minimum 68% average for students to be promoted into the second year of the BSW program. In addition, students must achieve 68% in all the core courses in the curriculum.


Year 2

  • SOWK 320: Introduction to Social Work Research (3 credits)
  • 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)
  • ELECTIVES* (9 or 15 credits):
    *Electives must be 300-400 level courses chosen from the following areas: Faculty of Arts, SOWK 440/450 courses, Interprofessional Health and Human Service courses, Faculty of Education.  Students with a previous bachelor’s degree must complete 9 credits of electives; others must complete 15 credits of electives.

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.