The University of British Columbia offers a Bachelor of Social Work degree that is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

  • Admission to the BSW program is open both to applicants with a Bachelor of Arts degree, or
  • A minimum of 60 credits from coursework in the BA program or equivalent which are transferable to UBC
  • Applicants with a Social Service Work certificate should note that a significant number of certificate courses will not transfer to UBC. Students can receive transfer credit for ENGL and PSYC courses, as well as receiving 6 credits for UBC SOWK 200 and 201 by completing the SSW Certificate program
  • Students will also be required to demonstrate proven suitability for a career in social work through a minimum of 100 hours of relevant employment and/or volunteer history. The experience should focus on social service or health-related activities and have direct and ongoing contact with vulnerable or disadvantaged members of society
  • Two letters of reference are required
  • Overall average of at least 68% on the last 30 credits preceding admission is required

 

Useful links when using this course planning worksheet:

UBC Calendar   
UBC Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests for pre-requisites 

The following are the lower division academic requirements for entry into the School of Social Work:

UBC Courses

Credits

Langara Equivalent Courses

Credits

ENGL 100 or WRDS 150

3

ENGL 11001 

3

Social Science/Humanities Electives 

 18

Social Science/Humanities Electives 2

18

Electives 

 33

Electives 3

33

SOWK 200 & 201 

 6

SSRV 2000-2001 4

6

FOOTNOTES:

1 As the Faculty of Arts requires the equivalent of LANG ENGL 1100, it is recommended students take this course in preparation for application to UBC Social Work

2 18 credits of course work in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Suitable subject areas include, but are not limited to, Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Canadian History, Economics, Family Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies

3 An additional 33 credits of university-transfer course work is required to complete two academic years (60 credits).  It is advisable to follow requirements for Bachelor of Arts programs. 

4 Students who have completed a Social Service Worker certificate/diploma will generally be exempt from SOWK 2000 and SOWK 2001. UBC requires a minimum grade of 72% in the courses equivalent to SOWK 200 & 201.

 

Updated March 2020