Apply to the Bachelor of Social Work Program

Admission Process

Admission to the BSW program is by selection and takes place in the third year of university studies. There are three routes into the program.

Entry Route # 1 - Admission following Two Years of General University Study:

Students will have completed 60 credit hours of study, and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.67 (B-) calculated on a student’s most recent 60 credit hours of studies. It will also be expected that students will have completed the following pre-requisites (as part of the required 60 credit hours of study):

Entry Route # 2 - Transfer from the Community Colleges:

Under collaborative agreements between UNBC and the three northern community colleges (College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights College, and Northwest College) students who have completed social service worker training programs at those colleges are eligible to receive credit as determined under the agreement. Social Service Worker Diploma graduates from the above colleges will normally receive a total of 60 credit hours of specified University Transfer credits and block discretionary credits for completion of the Diploma.

Students will have completed 60 credit hours of study, and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.67 (B-) calculated on a student’s most recent 60 credit hours of studies. It will also be expected that students will have completed the following pre-requisites (as part of the required 60 credit hours of study) (Check with your institution to see which courses are considered equivalent): 

Entry Route # 3 - Entry from a Bachelor Degree in a Related Discipline

Students who hold a Bachelor degree in a related discipline and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.67 (B-) can apply for entrance into the third year of the School of Social Work. It will be expected that students applying to the School of Social Work with a Baccalaureate degree in a related discipline will normally have completed courses that are equivalent to the four BSW course pre-requisites.


When can I Apply?

Prince George Campus: There is one Admissions intake per year for the BSW Program offered at the Prince George Campus. Application packages are available at the beginning of October, due February 1st, for a September start date.

South-Central (Quesnel) Campus, Peace/Liard (Fort St. John/Dawson Creek) Campus, Northwest (Terrace/Prince Rupert) Campus, Langara (Vancouver):

Admissions intake for the regional campuses occur every second year. Application packages are available at the beginning of October, due February 1st, for a September start date. 

Applications are still being accepted for all locations (Fort St John, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace, and Vancouver), and will continue to be accepted until all seats are filled.

How Can I Apply?

Apply by mail or fax by downloading a PDF copy of the application form

Mail or fax to:

Office of the Registrar
The University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC
Canada, V2N 4Z9
Facsimile: 250-960-6330

Selection Process

Admission into the social work program is a competitive process. Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Equal access according to age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability paid or volunteer human service experience
  • Northern and remote residency
  • Grade Point Average
  • Statement of intent
  • References

Students must also undergo a criminal record search as part of the admission process. A personal interview may also be requested to address issues arising from the criminal record search, reference letters, and statement of intent. Students are also expected to comply with the standards articulated in the CASWE Code of Ethics throughout their program of training in Social Work at UNBC.

I have questions and I need to speak to a Student Advisor?

For more information about BSW Program requirements, please contact Student Recruitment and Advising at (phone) 250-960-6306 (fax) or via email to unbc4u@unbc.ca. Academic Advising can assist you with questions regarding course selection, graduation application and graduation audits, letters of confirmation, letters of permission and much more.  Or drop by to the Office of Student Recruitment and Advising located on UNBC Student Services Street to make an appointment during office hours.

I have questions regarding applying to the School of Social Work?

For more information about applying to UNBC and the School of Social Work, please contact the Registrar's Office.