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 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 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.
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.
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:
- Applicants are at least 21 years old at the application deadline
- Applicants fall below the low income cut off bracket (LICO)
- Applicants are a resident of the City of Winnipeg
- Applicants have 27 credit hours or less of university level course work
- Applicants demonstrate suitability for the social work profession based on the assessment of an autobiography, references, a face-to-face interview and interactive in-service that indicate:
- Inner city experience
- Volunteer or lived experience
- Community involvement
- Suitability for the social work profession
- Preferences will be given to: Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Inuit, Métis), persons with accessibility needs, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, immigrants and refugees to Canada, and persons who because of their race or colour, are a racialized minority in Canada.
- All applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English through one of the options listed at the Admissions office.
- Results for most language tests, including TOEFL, IELTS and CanTEST, expire two years from the test date. Test scores must be valid at the start of classes.
- Participate in a reading and writing comprehension test. (This assessment consists of vocabulary and reading comprehension sections of CAAT-C through the Assessment Centre at the YWCA).
How to apply
Follow these instructions to begin your application for the Inner City Social Work Program.
Admission and application inquiries
424 UMSU University Centre
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)