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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Social Work

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Social Work

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    Expected duration

    • 3+ years

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    Program options

    • Access program
    • Flexible schedule

  • 1943

    Year the Faculty of Social Work was founded

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  • $55,000

    Value of entrance scholarships, bursaries and financial aid

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Program details

The Bachelor of Social Work Program in Thompson is an extension of the Faculty of Social Work on the Fort Garry campus.

Expected duration: 3 to 9 years

  • Full time: 3 years (plus qualifying year)
  • Part time: up to 9 years

Students are required to complete 123 credit hours of study.

The Bachelor of Social Work program gives students the tools to help families, individuals and communities with social issues such as poverty, unemployment, domestic violence and mental health. Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work program go on to work in a number of areas including community development, disability services, corrections and child welfare.

There are two ways to study in the Northern Social Work Program:

Access students are accepted directly into a four-year Bachelor of Social Work program and do not require prior university study.

External students are students who live in Thompson, MB or surrounding communities and have already completed some university study.

Sample course offerings

  • SWRK 1310: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • SWRK 2050: Community and Organizational Theory
  • SWRK 2070: Small Group Dynamics
  • SWRK 2080: Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • SWRK 2090: Human Behaviour and Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 2110: Emergence of the Canadian Welfare State
  • SWRK 2130: Comparative Social Welfare Systems
  • SWRK 3100: Systematic Inquiry in Social Work
  • SWRK 3130: Contemporary Canadian Social Welfare
  • SWRK 4210: Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 4220: Aboriginal People and Social Work Practice

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

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Field placements in northern communities

The curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of northern social work students. It includes field placements in northern communities.

Academic, social and financial support

We provide academic and social support for students admitted to the program, along with assisting students in arranging funding for their studies.

Admission requirements

There are two pathways into the Northern Social Work program: as an Access student or as an external student.

Access student admission requirements

You may be eligible to apply to the Northern Social Work program if you:

  • are 21 years of age or older by the start of studies
  • are a resident of Thompson, Manitoba or surrounding areas
  • need academic supports in order to pursue a university degree
  • are low-income
  • demonstrate suitability for the social work profession

External student admission requirements

If you have completed 30 credit hours of university level courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 you may be able to apply  to the Northern Social Work program as an external student.

The Northern Social Work program requires at least six months of residency in Northern Manitoba before the date of application.

How to apply

Follow these instructions to begin your application for the Northern Social Work program.

How to apply as an Access student

To apply as an Access student, you must submit:

  • A complete application form, including autobiography, in your own handwriting
  • Official school transcripts (including high school, Adult Basic Ed., G.E.D.)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Proof of age (a photocopy of your driver’s license, birth certificate, baptismal certificate)

Return the complete application to:

University of Manitoba Northern Social Work Program
Attention: Student Records
3 Station Road
Thompson, Manitoba R8N 0N3

    How to apply as an external student

    To apply, please complete the online application to the Admissions Office. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

    Domestic student application fee: $100
    International student application fee: $120

    All applicants need approval from the Northern Social Work Program before applying. To request approval to apply, contact:

    University of Manitoba Northern Social Work Program
    3 Station Road
    Thompson, MB R8N 0N3
    204-677-1450

    Apply now

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    Annual application deadlines

    Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
    Fall (September) Direct entry Early October August 1
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    Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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    To apply to the Inner City Social Work program, attend an information session at the William Norrie Centre. You will receive an application form at the information session. All information sessions are held in Room 126, William Norrie Centre.

    Room 126 William Norrie Centre
    485 Selkirk Ave.
    Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada
    204-668-8160
    Fax: 204-663-8857

    All applicants need approval from the Faculty of Social Work – Inner City Selection Coordinator, Debra Diubaldo who can be reached at debra.diubaldo@umanitoba.ca or 204-668-8160.

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    Term Type of entry Application deadline
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    Access students

    Annual application deadline
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    Fall (September) Advanced entry March 1

    Application form for Access students (PDF)

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    Annual application deadline
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    Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

    Start or continue your external student application

    Learn more

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    Explore other BSW delivery options

    The Bachelor of Social Work program is offered at multiple locations and through multiple delivery methods to address the need for social workers from diverse backgrounds and educations.

    Whether you are just graduating high school, live outside of Winnipeg or are having difficulty accessing post-secondary education, we have a delivery option that will help you achieve a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

    Contact us

    Admission and application inquiries

    Mailing address
    Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
    University of Manitoba 
    66 Chancellors Circle
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
     
    Office location
    Room 424 UMSU University Centre
    65 Chancellors Circle
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

    admissions@umanitoba.ca 
    Phone: 204-474-8808
    Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808
    Fax: 204-474-7554

    Monday to Friday
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Program inquiries

    Northern Social Work Program
    3 Station Rd.
    Thompson, MB R8N 0N3 Canada

    Phone: 204-677-1450
    Toll-free: 1-866-237-5509
    Fax: 204-677-4110