Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: Fabruary 28
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: CA$40
Intakes: September
International tuition: CA$17,419
Domestic tuition: CA$15,028

Program overview

The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Vancouver Island University is to provide education in generalist anti-oppressive social work practice. The learning outcomes of the program include the capacity to do the following: demonstrate effective social work communication skills within an empowerment approach at the individual, group, and community level. demonstrate professional ethical standards and values at the individual, team, and organizational level. critically reflect on own ideas, behaviours, and practices. identify and address mechanisms of oppression, privilege, resistance, and social change. In addition to a generalist social work practice degree, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Vancouver Island University offers a specialization in child welfare.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • Duolingo English Test
To be eligible for admission to the third year, students must have completed at least 60 credits of post-secondary courses that include: Degree English Requirements. A minimum grade of "C+" is required in each course. 6 credits of SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B or equivalent. A minimum grade of "B-" is required for each course. Note: For SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B online options, check the VIU Bachelor of Social Work website for further information. 48 credits of post-secondary courses, of which, at least 24 credits must be Arts & Humanities and/or Social Science courses. Social Services and Social Work courses may not be used to complete this requirement. In addition to the grade requirements noted above, a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.33 ("C+") is required on these 48 credits. Applicants must submit a Personal Profile including the applicant's reasons for pursuing a social work degree that includes personal suitability for the profession of Social Work as well as personal strengths and challenges; Applicants must submit a resume, which includes evidence of 100 hours work experience (paid and/or volunteer) in a community and/or clinical setting. Applicants must submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions/programs attended. The Duolingo English Test (only For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) - 110

Career opportunities

Social workers obtain employment in social, educational and health organizations as well as private practice. Social workers assist individuals, families, groups and communities through their work in hospitals, community-based organizations, child welfare agencies, school districts, agencies serving Aboriginal people and human rights agencies that promote the interests of those experiencing inequality in our communities.

Campus location

Nanaimo , Canada