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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Social Work

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Social Work

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    Expected duration

    • 4+ years

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    Program options

    • Flexible schedule

  • 1943

    Year the Faculty of Social Work was founded

  • 2

    Extension campuses

  • $55,000

    Value of entrance scholarships, bursaries and financial aid

  • 100

    Agencies that provide fieldwork experience

Program details

The Inner City Social Work BSW Access Program at the William Norrie Centre is for mature students (21 and older) who have inner city or similar social service experience who have traditionally faced systemic barriers common to inner city life experience such as poverty, racism, school failure and marginalization.

Expected duration: 4 to 9 years

  • Full time: 4 years
  • Part time: up to 9 years

Students are required to complete 123 credit hours of study.

Students admitted to the  Inner City Social Work Program are accepted directly into a four-year Bachelor of Social Work program and do not require prior university study.

All students are required to complete, within the first 60 credit hours of their programs:

  • a minimum of one three-credit hour course with significant content in written English and
  • a minimum of one three-credit hour course with significant content in mathematics. 

Classes are small. Those who start the program the same year usually stay together for most classes throughout the four years. Students take the same courses that are offered on the main campus, but in a different order and with additional supports and preparation. In Year 3 and 4, students take some classes on the Fort Garry campus. 

A schedule that accommodates parenting responsibilities

Since many of our students are single parents, our calendar mirrors the public school schedule. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Our holidays follow the public school schedule too, with the exception classes run until the end of July.

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

Students learn firsthand how to provide professional practice through a social service delivery system. Students may be placed in a variety of agencies including schools, probation offices, child and family services, hospitals and ethnically sensitive services.

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

The Inner City Social Work Program is a direct entry program, which means you do not need to have any university experience to apply. You may be eligible for the Inner City Social Work Program if you:

  • are 21 years of age or older by the start of studies
  • are a resident of Winnipeg
  • have inner-city or similar experience
  • need academic supports in order to pursue a university degree
  • are low-income
  • have been three years addiction-free (drug, alcohol, gambling, etc.) with a sponsor or other addiction support network
  • demonstrate suitability for the social work profession

How to apply

Follow these instructions to begin your application for the Inner City Social Work Program.

Apply now

Includes the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences and Physical Geography programs.

Includes Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Health Studies programs.

Includes Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agroecology, Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October August 1
Winter (January) Direct entry Early May December 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October April 1

Start or continue your application 

Bachelor of Fine Art application deadlines

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

Diploma in Fine Art application deadlines

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

Start or continue your application for the BFA and diploma programs

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

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Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
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.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application deadline
Summer (May, part-time) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.
Fall (September) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.

Annual application deadline

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

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October January 15
Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October May 1 Deadline for Fall 2021 extended to July 15
Advanced entry Early November May 1 Deadline for Fall 2021 extended to July 15

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Annual application deadlines

Program Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1
Environmental Design Architecture Master Preparation Option (ED AMP) Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 1

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November March 15

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May December 1
Summer (May/July) Advanced entry Early November June 1

Students who wish to enrol in Summer courses that start in May should apply by April 1.

Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

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

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Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Applicants must seek permission from the Faculty representative, Jennifer Mitchell, prior to applying.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May November 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November August 1
Winter (January) Early May November 1 (extended to November 15)
Summer (May) Early November April 1

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Annual direct entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early October March 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early October March 1

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Term Applications open Application deadline
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Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November March 1

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

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November June 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 15

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Summer (May) Advanced entry – Track A Early November April 1 Reopened and extended to August 1
Advanced entry – Track B Early November August 1 Not available

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Fall (September) Advanced entry Late August October 1

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Winnipeg annual application deadlines

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The Pas and Thompson (UM/University College of the North) annual application deadline

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Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
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Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May September 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is available on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual direct entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early October March 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early October March 1

Annual advanced entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November June 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November February 1

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Annual application deadlines

Type of applicant Type of entry Term Applications open Application deadline
First year applicants Advanced entry Fall (September) Early September December 1
Upper year applicants Advanced entry Fall (September) Early November June 30

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May December 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November June 15

Applicants are encouraged to apply early and check their course availability prior to applying.

Applicants applying to the Summer term are recommended to apply a minimum of one month prior to the start of their classes. Summer session offers a number of different start dates based on course offerings.

Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November June 1
Winter (January) Direct or advanced entry Early May October 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October March 1
Advanced entry Early November February 1

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Fall (September) Early November June 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November February 1

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The BPRN program has been placed on a temporary suspension starting for the Fall 2019 intake.

Access students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry March 1

Application form for Access students (PDF)

External students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Inner City Social Work Program
William Norrie Centre
485 Selkirk Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada

Email: icswp@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-668-8160
Fax: 204-663-8857