Graduate Diploma On Campus

Social Services

Vancouver Island University

24 months
19227 CAD/year
4798 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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A diploma of Social Services from Vancouver Island University can lead to a satisfying career as a human service assistant, probation officer, rehabilitation counsellor, school counselor, or marriage and family therapist to name just a few of the occupations in this growing field of work. 

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Do you want to make a difference and pursue a career that values diversity, empathy, collaboration and inclusiveness? Social Services professionals dedicate themselves to helping people live better lives and build stronger communities.

The Social Services diploma program at Vancouver Island University gives you a strong foundation in developmental psychology, adolescent and child development, trauma resiliency and conflict resolution. With a social services diploma you become an advocate for human rights and social justice, helping to protect vulnerable people.

The program provides advanced-level training for working in the social services field and is available on a full-time or a part-time basis. 

The program includes the following components: 

  • courses in addictions and addiction treatment, conflict resolution, leadership and supervision, community development, interpersonal skills, and special topics;
  • elective courses drawn from a wide-ranging selection of elective options in many different disciplines relevant to the human services field.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the diploma program will gain skills to prepare them for work in a broad range of social services positions, including supervisory/administrative roles and more specialized direct service roles with community agencies, private service providers, and some government services.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Alternative Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Adolescent Development
  • Family Studies 
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • graduation from a BC secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12;
  • previous degree from a recognized university;
  • English 12 with a minimum "C" grade, or equivalent.
  • Volunteer or paid employment in the human services field.
  • Résumé and two current letters of reference. 
  • Submit a Personal Profile.
  • Interview may be required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19227 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19227 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4798 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4798 CAD per year during 24 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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