Four 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.
Our commitment to educational equity
Every effort is made to ensure that people from marginalized groups have access to social work training. Our Educational Equity Initiative aims to correct the conditions of disadvantage in professional education experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees to Canada, 2SLGBTQ people and persons who are members of racialized groups in Canada.
Our BSW mission
The Faculty of Social Work generalist BSW degree program prepares social work professionals to engage in practices designed to transform unjust social arrangements, advance human and environmental rights, promote diversity and enhance well-being.
Our BSW vision
Social Work excellence towards just societies, connected communities, and enhanced well-being.
Our Bachelor of Social Work program is one of two accredited Social Work programs, and the only English language one in Manitoba. This means our program is recognized across Canada making it easier for students to take their education beyond Manitoba.
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The Distance Delivery Bachelor of Social Work program is intended to make a Bachelor of Social Work degree accessible to individuals who are employed in the social services and living outside of Winnipeg, but who may not have had the opportunity to pursue professional social work education.
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.
Distance Delivery allows people to achieve a Bachelor of Social Work through two approaches:
- To individuals by means of an online study program and
- To community-based groups using the cohort method.
How courses are delivered
The Distance Delivery program includes a combination of web conferences and online courses.
All course examinations are scheduled and arranged by the university's Registrar’s Office to take place in the student's community.
Delivery of the program to the community-based cohorts involves face-to-face delivery with the option of a combination of face-to-face, web conferences, and online study.
Students must have access to a computer, high speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Sample course offerings
- SWRK 1200 Introduction to Canadian Social Welfare
- SWRK 1220 Social Justice, Diversity and Human Rights
- SWRK 1240 Social Work and Professional Identity
- SWRK 1250 Human Behaviour, Family and Community WellBeing: Theory and Practice
- SWRK 2000 Anti-Racist Social Work Practice
- SWRK 2010 Indigenization and Decolonization in Social Work
- SWRK 2020 Community Development and Social Work
- SWRK 2040 Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Advocacy
- SWRK 3160 Feminist Perspectives in Social Work practice and Social Welfare Policy
- SWRK 3180 Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees
- SWRK 3200 Social Work Practice with 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities
- SWRK 4254 Substance Use, Mental Health, and Social Work
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Distance delivery students are expected to locate their own field practicums. Students may choose a practicum in any community agency or institution which offers social work services. Students, when eligible, can be granted permission to complete a practicum at their place of employment.
The following are minimum requirement for entry into the Distance Delivery Bachelor of Social Work program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
The Bachelor of Social Work is an advanced entry program, which means that you must complete at least 30 credit hours of university-level study with a minimum GPA of 2.5 before you can be considered for admission. This requirement includes Educational Equity applicants. Of those 30 credit hours, students must take the following required courses and required course subjects:
WOMN 1600 (3)
FMLY 1010 (3) or **PSYC 1200 (6)
INDG 1220(3) and INDG 1240 (3) or INDG 1200 (6)
6 credit hours from any Sociology, Political Studies, Economics, Labour Studies, or Global Political Economy courses
9-12** credit hours of non-social work electives
**Applicants who have completed PSYC 1200 (6) will only require 9 credit hours of non-social work elective courses.
Applicants to the Distance Delivery Bachelor of Social Work program must also:
- Live outside of the city of Winnipeg.
- Have a minimum of one year (1750 hours) of work experience, within the last 5 years, in the social services.
Note: For Fall 2023 admission term up until and including Fall 2025 admission term, students with 30 credit hours of university level experiences who are lacking as much as 9 credit hours of the outlined course admission requirements are still eligible for admission. This is to aid in the transition for students who were not aware of the new specified requirements. Fall 2026 and forward, students will be required to complete all of the outlined admission requirements to be admissible into the Faculty of Social Work, Distance Delivery campus.
Transfer students who are applying with non-University of Manitoba credit can review our Transfer Credit Resource database to see if their courses have transferred as the outlined required courses for admission. Please note, for applicants external to the University of Manitoba, the following courses must have been completed at most, 10 years prior to admission to be eligible for transfer credit:
- INDG 1220 and INDG 1240 OR INDG 1200
- WOMN 1600
- FMLY 1010
- PSYC 1200
For more detailed information, please read through the applicant information bulletin linked below:
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the Start or continue your application button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
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