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Social Work - Child Welfare Specialization

Prepare for a rewarding career providing social, physical and mental health support to vulnerable children. You will study the holistic, interdisciplinary, activist nature of social work, and its commitment to justice and community service.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Fort St. John
Prince George
60 credits,  2 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Practicum,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option

Program Details

Gain the knowledge and skills required to investigate, as you advocate for and protect the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. 

You will examine complex issues that affect the safety and well-being of children such as poverty, mental health, violence and neglect.

Learn how to apply respectful, ethical and culturally sensitive principles as you collaborate with family members, community stakeholders and navigate the legal system to ensure a successful outcome for the child. 

You can apply for entrance to the Social Work program after completing 60 credit hours (two years) of study in the humanities and sciences. Study contemporary child welfare theory and put it to work in a relevant field placement.

Applications are also accepted from those with a community college social service worker certificate.

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Career Paths

  • School social worker
  • Community service agency manager
  • Health care social worker
  • School counsellor
  • Social policy analyst
This degree provides a strong foundation for further studies in disciplines such as education, medicine, law, or for pursuing your master's and PhD.

Why at UNBC

  • Earn the necessary academic qualifications to apply for certification as a Registered Social Worker (RSW) from the BC College of Social Workers
  • Focus on northern and remote areas, Indigenous peoples, women, and anti-oppressive practice
  • Participate in classroom and web-based instruction, complemented by field placements that match your interest and skill development
  • Learn from faculty who are active professionals in their field recognized for meaningful and personal commitment to the classroom and community

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Admission Requirements

Social Work Admission Requirements

Students must complete prior post-secondary studies before they are eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Social Work program.

  • 60 credit hours of university transferable coursework (or the equivalent to):
    • SOCW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Practice
    • SOCW 201 - Introduction to Social Welfare
    • FNST 100 - The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
    • WMST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies
    • 42 additional credit hours of liberal arts and/or science courses
    • Six additional credit hours of university transferable coursework from any discipline
  • 2.67 GPA (B- average) from most-recent 60 credit hours of transferable coursework
  • Applicants must provide references and additional non-academic supplementary application

Additional Entry Routes

Students who completed a social service worker training program at a post-secondary institution that has a transfer agreement with UNBC may be eligible to receive credit as determined under the applicable UNBC Transfer Credit Pathway and Agreement.

Students who hold a Bachelor's 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 Bachelor of Social Work. 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.

International Admission Requirements - short

International applicants must also meet the requirements outlined in General Requirements.

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. Applicants from some countries are exempt from this requirement.          

English Language Requirements

Countries exempt from providing proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,530 $22,020
Student Fees* $990 $1,680
Books* $1,600 $1,600

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid

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