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    Faculty

    • Faculty of Social Work

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Social Work

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    Expected duration

    • 3+ years

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    Program options

    • Access program
    • Flexible schedule

  • 1943

    Year the Faculty of Social Work was founded

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    Extension campuses

  • $55,000

    Value of entrance scholarships, bursaries and financial aid

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Program details

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 1210 Mitakuye Oyasin (We are All Related)
  • 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.

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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.

About field education

Admission requirements

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 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
    204-677-1450

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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, Carla Kirkpatrick who can be reached at carla.kirkpatrick@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7364.

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    Summer (May, part-time) Direct entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.
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    Fall (September) March 1

    Application form for Access students (PDF)

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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
    Undergraduate Admissions
    424 UMSU University Centre
    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

    Program inquiries

    Northern Social Work Program
    3 Station Rd.
    Thompson, MB R8N 0N3 Canada

    Phone: 204-677-1450
    Toll-free: 1-866-237-5509
    Fax: 204-677-4110