Distance Delivery BSW Program Information

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The Faculty of Social Work is committed to the accessibility of social work education and has developed the Bachelor of Social Work degree through distance for people living and working outside of Winnipeg. The Distance Delivery BSW program is intended to target individuals who are employed in the social services and living outside of Winnipeg, but who may not have had the opportunity to pursue social work education.

The Distance Delivery BSW degree can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.  Generally, it takes four years on a part-time basis however, students coming into the program with a prior degree are able to complete the program in two years.  Students working in their communities have the option to complete the program on a part-time basis.  The total length of time it will take each individual will depend on the circumstances surrounding each situation (i.e. total transfer credit, full or part time jobs, families, etc.).  All students will have up to nine years to complete the program.

Delivery of the program is based on two approaches:

  1. to individuals by means of an online study program; and
  2. to community-based groups in the cohort programs

Delivery methods of the online component of the program include a combination of audio-conferenced sessions and online courses. All course examinations are scheduled and arranged within a two-hour drive. Examinations are scheduled by the Registrar’s Office, and arranged by The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning according to the information provided by the student using the Exam Location Declaration tool. The tool will be available within your UMLearn course from the start of the term until the application deadline.

Delivery of the program to the community-based cohorts utilizes a combination of face-to-face delivery, web conferences, and online study. Cohort programs are negotiated with partner communities and/or agencies and generally consist of 40 to 45 students. Formats include four- or five-year plans with students attending classes over 3 terms per year, either five days out of each month or two days every second week. The objective of the program is to meet the needs of the communities while maintaining academic integrity.

Are you ready to be an Online Learner?


Do you have the skills and discipline needed to be successful with this kind of learning environment?

Complete this self-assessment created by Penn State University.  It will provide you feedback on the areas you may need to improve/get assistance with to improve your odds of success in our fully online program.  Since this is created by a different university than University of Manitoba, some of the references to academic advisors, learning center's etc., do not apply.


Click on the link below to get started. 

Online Learner Readiness Self-Assessment


If you have questions or concerns, please get a hold of one of our academic advisors:  Joel.Montgomery@umanitoba.ca (204) 474-9640

Morsal.Arianta@umanitoba.ca (204) 272-1617




BSW Handbook 

Frequently Asked Questions 


For more information about this program please contact us:
Phone: 204-474-7912
Email: ddsocial.work@umanitoba.ca