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.
The Faculty of Social Work prepares students for ethical, competent, critically reflective, innovative, antioppressive, accountable and effective social work practice at all levels.
The Faculty of Social Work is working to create and contribute to a world where there are no great inequalities of wealth or income, where economic and political power is more evenly distributed, where human need is the central value of distribution of society’s resources, where diversity of culture is celebrated, where people have greater control over their own lives and where all persons are afforded maximum opportunity to enrich their physical, spiritual, psychological and intellectual well-being.
Our Bachelor of Social Work program is the only accredited social work program in Manitoba. This means our program is recognized across Canada making it easier for students to take their education beyond Manitoba.
Year the Faculty of Social Work was founded
Value of entrance scholarships, bursaries and financial aid
Agencies that provide fieldwork experience
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.
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:
- 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.
Admission and application inquiries
424 UMSU University Centre
University of Manitoba
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Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)