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Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)
September 2022  (English)
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Social Work

The UFV Bachelor of Social Work program prepares social workers for professional practice, reflecting principles of social justice, equality, and respect for diversity. The BSW program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (2012–2020). BSW graduates meet UFV institutional learning outcomes and are eligible to apply for registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW).

In response to Truth and Reconciliation recommendations, the School’s goals include respect for self-determination for Indigenous peoples and a commitment to working in partnership with local Indigenous communities.

Social work education is a critical process that respects diverse sources and forms of knowledge while encouraging dissent. UFV Social Work faculty are committed to scholarship, including debate on social work and social welfare, with particular attention to how social problems come to be defined and addressed. Program content addresses the structural barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. With a commitment to lifelong learning and a critical analysis of oppression, graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and professional social work values necessary to work collaboratively with individuals, families, groups, and communities in diverse and cross-cultural environments. The program contributes to the knowledge base of social work through partnerships with professional and local communities.

All individuals, families, groups, and communities are entitled to be treated with respect, justice, and without discrimination. Faculty seek to provide equitable educational opportunities and participation of those groups experiencing systemic oppression. UFV values its community base and seeks to promote social change.

Admission requirements

  • 60 general university-level credits by May 1 of the year of application, including the following:
    • Six credits from SOWK 110 and SOWK 210
    • Three credits in English composition: CMNS 125 or ENGL 105
    • Three credits of English literature: ENGL 108–170
    • Three credits of human development: SOWK 225 or PSYC 250
    • Three credits of courses with Indigenous or First Nations content (FNST, IPK, or an equivalent course)
    • 30 additional General credits 
    • 12 Discretionary elective credits 
  • Overall GPA of 2.67 for the 60 credits applied towards their BSW application.
  • A minimum of 400 hours of paid or volunteer experience in the human services field supervised by social workers or other professionals. This can include hours in practice.
  • Program and personal suitability as determined through a personal statement.
  • Two letters of reference. One letter must address the student’s most recent academic experience or potential, and one must be from a supervisor in the field of social work and/or human services that demonstrates the applicant’s skills and abilities.
  • All applicants must be aware of, willing, and able to uphold the Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

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Program content

Core courses 

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Social Work Theory and Ethics
  • Legal Knowledge for Social Work Practice
  • Anti-Racist and Cross-Cultural Social Work
  • BSW Practicum I
  • Aboriginal Social Work
  • Research Methods and Evaluation
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • BSW Practicum II

Elective courses

  • Social Work Practice with Groups
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice
  • Social Work and Community Development
  • Family Centred Social Work
  • Substance Misuse Issues
  • Legal Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work in Health Care
  • Gerontological Social Work
  • Child Welfare
  • Feminist Social Work
  • Social Work and Critical Approaches to Disability
  • Social Work in Mental Health

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 


Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree

Career opportunities

Trained social workers may seek employment in a variety of settings, including children and family services, health and mental health services, substance abuse services, schools, correctional institutions, immigration and settlement services, community organizations, welfare administration agencies, government agencies, and services for women, people with disabilities, and seniors.

The aging of the population creates both a large number of retirees in the profession and a growing demand for social services that serve seniors.

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...

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33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia

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