48 months
19227 CAD/year
13055 CAD/year
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Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society? With a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Vancouver Island University, you can devote your career to helping solve social justice issues and helping people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges such as addiction, mental health and domestic violence. 

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A degree in Social Work from Vancouver Island University  gives you the professional skills to develop interventions to solve social and personal problems. Social workers create social change by working with people as the individual, family, group, community, organization and societal levels to enhance health and overall well-being. 

Social workers can find fulfilling careers in child welfare agencies, departments of health and human services, hospitals, community mental health agencies, substance abuse and medical clinics and elder care facilities.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Vancouver Island University is to provide education in generalist anti-oppressive social work practice. 

The learning outcomes of the program include the capacity to do the following:  

  • demonstrate effective social work communication skills within an empowerment approach at the individual, group, and community level.
  • demonstrate professional ethical standards and values at the individual, team, and organizational level.
  • critically reflect on own ideas, behaviours, and practices. 
  • identify and address mechanisms of oppression, privilege, resistance, and social change. 

Career Opportunities

Social workers obtain employment in social, educational and health organizations as well as private practice. Social workers assist individuals, families, groups and communities through their work in hospitals, community-based organizations, child welfare agencies, school districts, agencies serving Aboriginal people and human rights agencies that promote the interests of those experiencing inequality in our communities.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Community Social Work: Theory and Practice
  • Social Work Practice Skills 
  • Social Work with Groups
  • Trauma and Resiliency Across the Lifespan
  • Law and Social Services
  • Interpersonal Communication in Structural Social Work Practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Degree English Requirements. A minimum grade of "C+" is required in each course.
  • 6 credits of SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B or equivalent. A minimum grade of "B-" is required for each course. 
  • Note: For SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B online options, check the VIU Bachelor of Social Work website for further information. 
  • 48 credits of post-secondary courses, of which, at least 24 credits must be Arts & Humanities and/or Social Science courses.  Social Services and Social Work courses may not be used to complete this requirement. In addition to the grade requirements noted above, a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.33 ("C+") is required on these 48 credits.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19227 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19227 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    13055 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13055 CAD per year during 48 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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