Program Information

Full-Time Program Information
This off-campus, Access program leads to a University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Social Work degree. The ICSWP looks for people who have had relevant work, volunteer or other experience in their various communities, who are ready for both the academics and the stresses of full-time university, and who will be suitable social workers. If you did not finish Grade 12, or have been out of school for a while, upgrading is recommended before you apply. The majority of our student population are of First Nations, Metis, or Inuit heritage, about a quarter are persons who identify as a new immigrant or refugee, with the rest made up of others who meet the ICSWP Access criteria.

Since many of the attending students are single parents, the academic calendar mirrors the public school schedule. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Holidays follow the public school schedule too, with the exception that our students have classes until the end of July.

Classes are small. Those who start the program at the same time, 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 may opt to take some classes at the Fort Garry campus. We offer tutorial support when needed, encourage student study groups, and provide counselling, when students feel overwhelmed.

After an extensive selection process, we offer admission to between 25—40 applicants.

STUDENTS MUST SECURE THEIR OWN FUNDING (band, EI, EIA, family, Canada Student Loan, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, Workers Compensation, Vocational Rehab., etc.).

ICSWP - B.S.W. requires a full-time, 4-year commitment. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work. This professional degree is recognized across Canada.

You may be eligible if you: 

  • are 21 years of age or older by the start of studies
  • are a resident of the City of Winnipeg at the time of application 
  • have inner-city or similar experience 
  • have < 27 credit hours of university level education
  • need academic supports in order to pursue a university degree 
  • are low-income 
  • demonstrate suitability for the social work profession 
  • It is recognized that life experiences of applicants may include recovery from addictions (i.e. drug, alcohol, gambling, etc.). The program requires that a person be addiction/ substance free for a minimum of 3 years and have a sponsor or other established addiction support network.

Application Process
Applications are not available on-line and are available when you attend one of the ICSWP monthly information sessions, that begin in October each year. Detailed information will be requested, including references. Applications are then reviewed for eligibility and suitability, followed by literacy testing and interviews. The final step is an in-service for those remaining under consideration. People who are offered admission must submit an official Adult Criminal Record Check AND a Child Abuse Registry Check.

NOTE: A criminal conviction or registration as an offender on the Child Abuse Registry will not necessarily be considered a negative factor in the selection process. However, if the applicant’s criminal record check identifies that the applicant has a criminal conviction or is registered on the Child Abuse Registry as an offender, the applicant will be required to participate in a personal interview. Please note, a juvenile record does not constitute an adult criminal record.

For further information and to receive an application form, please attend an Information Session.
Deadline for Applications: March 1st, at 5:00 pm

We do not accept late applications.



Outreach information sessions will also be occurring at interested community agencies/organizations.

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