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Social Work - Indigenous Specialization

Prepare for a rewarding career and make a difference advocating for Indigenous people, organizations and communities. Study the holistic, interdisciplinary, activist nature of social work, with an emphasis on Indigenous issues.

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

Program Details

This innovative program is ideal for those who want to support the collective strengths of Indigenous families, individuals and communities. 

You will gain the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in Indigenous settings and situations. Examine complex issues and explore the economic, spiritual, cultural and health realities that affect the safety and well-being of Indigenous populations. 

Apply for entrance to the Social Work program after completing 60 credit hours (two years) of study in the humanities and sciences. Study contemporary academic 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.

You will also gain the necessary academic qualifications to apply for certification as a Registered Social Worker (RSW) from the BC College of Social Workers.  

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Career Paths

  • Social Services agency manager
  • Corrections officer
  • Social policy analyst
  • Government liaison
  • Health care social worker
This degree provides a strong foundation for further studies in disciplines such as education, medicine, and law, or for pursuing your master's or 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 Indigenous peoples, northern and remote populations, and anti-racist, post-colonial practice
  • Participate in classroom and web-based instruction, complemented by field placements that reflect Indigenous values and governance
  • Learn from faculty and Elders who are active in service and recognized for meaningful and personal commitment to the classroom and community
UNBC motto

'En Cha Huná

UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.

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* $5,645 $22,460
Student Fees* $1,000 $1,690
Books* $1,600 $1,600

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

Tuition and Fees

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 Information for Indigenous Students

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