Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) is designed to prepare students for beginning level, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. The focus of the BSW is oriented toward social work in northern and remote areas, Indigenous peoples, women, anti-oppressive practice, and community practice and research. Analysis of class, gender and race and ethnic relations are considered central to the social work program.

Degree: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Credit hours: 120
Campuses: Prince George, Peace River-Liard, Northwest, South-Central
Experiential Learning: Field Education

As mandated by its accrediting body, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) and by the Social Work Code of Ethics, the School of Social Work at UNBC provides a professional program that advocates for justice and equality and equips graduates with the intellectual, practical and professional skills needed to promote beneficial change.


Admission requirements

The BSW will consist of one the following:

  • Two years of general university studies (60 credit hours) or
  • A diploma in a Social Service Worker program (54-60 credit hours) or
  • A completed bachelor in a related discipline


  • Two years (full-time) or two and a half years (part-time) of professional social work courses (60 credit hours)

The BSW is articulated with recognized Social Services programs in Northern British Columbia.

Field Education

Social Work Field Education offers students an opportunity to develop their social work practice skills within an agency or community setting. A variety of placements are available, locally and in the region, and whenever possible the student's interests and learning needs will be matched with a suitable placement opportunity.

Learn more about Field Education

Regional Delivery

The Regional BSW Program is delivered  over two years and has the same eligibility requirements and admission process as for those applying to the BSW Program at our Prince George campus. Regional program admissions are currently scheduled for every other year..

The School of Social Work at UNBC offers the BSW Degree in the following three regions of British Columbia:

Peace River-Liard
Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and surrounding area.

Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Nass Valley, and surrounding area.

Quesnel, Williams Lake and surrounding area.


The BSW at UNBC is fully accredited by CASWE. This BSW Program received the maximum accreditation of eight years in June, 2019.