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
BSW program changes
The BSW program curriculum is currently undergoing revisions. Please refer to the new curriculum page for the latest updates on program revisions.
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 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.
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.
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:
- Applicants are at least 21 years old by the application deadline
- Applicants may or may not have a High School diploma
- Applicants are a resident of Northern Manitoba (North of the 53rd parallel)
- 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 and a face to face interview that indicates:
- Northern experience
- Interest in the profession
- Volunteer or lived experience related to the practice of social work.
- Being active in community
- 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).
External student admission requirements
If you have completed a minimum of 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
- Attend a scheduled interview
- 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
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)
Submit a question
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext 8808
Northern Social Work Program
3 Station Rd.
Thompson, MB R8N 0N3 Canada