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What will I learn?

UFV's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares you to collaborate with individuals, families, groups and communities in diverse environments and cultural settings. Upon graduation you can apply to register with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW). Or opt to pursue further studies and complete a Master of Social Work degree at UFV.

You enter the BSW when you are in third year after you've completed 60 university level credits. Once admitted to the BSW program, you will complete two practicums with one of UFV's community partners.


The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

Trained social workers may seek employment in a variety of settings, including children and family services, health and mental health services, substance abuse services, schools, correctional institutions, immigration and settlement services, community organizations, welfare administration agencies, government agencies, and services for women, people with disabilities, and seniors.

The aging of the population creates both a large number of retirees in the profession and a growing demand for social services that serve seniors.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,740.00 (US$ 11,588) per year
Fall or winter tuition: CAN $7,870 (12 credits) plus CAN $656 for every additional credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Overall GPA of 2.67 for the 60 credits applied towards their BSW application.

For international students

60 general university-level credits by May 1 of the year of application, including the following:

  • Six credits from SOWK 110 and SOWK 210
  • Three credits in English composition: CMNS 125 or ENGL 105
  • Three credits of English literature: ENGL 108–170
  • Three credits of human development: SOWK 225 or PSYC 250
  • Three credits of courses with Indigenous or First Nations content (FNST, IPK, or an equivalent course)
  • 33 additional General credits (see Notes 1 and 2)
  • 12 Discretionary elective credits (see Note 2)

Overall GPA of 2.67 for the 60 credits applied towards their BSW application.
A minimum of 400 hours of paid or volunteer experience in the human services field supervised by social workers or other professionals. This can include hours in practical.
Program and personal suitability as determined through a personal statement.
Two letters of reference. One letter must address the student’s most recent academic experience or potential, and one must be from a supervisor in the field of social work and/or human services that demonstrates the applicant’s skills and abilities.
All applicants must be aware of, willing, and able to uphold the Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) - Score of at least 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) — IBT score of 88 with no section below 20, or paper-based score of 570 with a TWE (essay) score of 4.5 or higher.
  • CAEL - Score of at least 70.

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. The application deadline is January 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of the Fraser Valley offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College

About University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers

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