Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Student Casey Tremblay speaking with her supervisor
Student Casey Tremblay, pictured here with her supervisor, says doing practicum placements made the theory she learned in class concrete.

What is your vision of social justice? Where do you see yourself making a difference?

Our fully accredited program emphasizes social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families and individuals. In addition to the comprehensive standard BSW program, we also offer child welfare, Indigenous and Indigenous child welfare specializations.

Our graduates are employed in a wide range of government and voluntary organizations such as family and children's services, hospitals, women's services, corrections and Indigenous social services. 

Learn where you live

You can choose to complete the program requirements through distance education, with a mandatory five-day session held on campus at UVic as part of the SOCW 312 course requirement. Distance education courses give you the opportunity to create a flexible, full- or part-time program of studies. Please note that distance education courses are not facilitated internationally.

Alternatively, you can choose to complete the BSW program requirements through our third-year on-campus/fourth-year distance education combined model. 

Learn more about on-campus/distance education or distance education.

Experiential learning (practicum placement)

Practicum placements let you apply what you’ve learned in your course work to practice situations. Field education is intended to build upon practice and previous experience, and to provide opportunities to strengthen skills, knowledge and understanding of current values and attitudes. You can complete field placements in your own community or choose to relocate. Students who have previous paid or unpaid social work or social justice experience may apply to complete their third-year practicum by Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Learn more about practicum placements.

Ready to apply?

BSW applications are available on our website in December of each year and completed applications must be received by January 31. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and received by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Read more about admission requirements and the application process in admission information.

Contact us

For inquiries related to admission into the BSW program, please contact the BSW Admissions Assistant at .