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Bachelor of Social Work

Grant MacEwan University

Grant MacEwan University
MacEwan University's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to prepare competent social work professionals who can work effectively with individuals, families, organizations and community groups. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) requires the completion of 120 credits. For entry into the BSW, students must have completed an approved Social Work diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or have successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits from a university liberal arts program. The BSW program requires completion of an additional 60 credits of social work courses, arts and science courses, and field practice. BSW graduates are better prepared to deal effectively with increasingly complex social work challenges in a wide range of health/mental health, child and family, community and human service settings.

10700 104 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 2P2, Canada

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  • Program Type Bachelors
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted through the following:

  1. Regular Admission
In addition, all applicants must also meet the following admission criteria:
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Other Admission Criteria

Regular Admission
To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar, applicants must have completed:

1. a) MacEwan University’s Social Work Diploma (or equivalent) with a minimum AGPA (Admission Grade Point Average) of 2.5.


   b) 60 University level credits with a minimum AGPA of 2.5 and must have completed the following courses:

  • ENGL 102 and ENGL 103 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C-.
  • SOWK 240: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C-.


English Language Proficiency
English Language Proficiency will be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar.

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as one of the following:

  • High school transcripts
  • Post-secondary transcripts
  • Proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation

Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at

Other Admission Criteria
Other Admission Criteria will be evaluated through the Program.

Applicants are required to submit the following to be assessed by faculty from the School of Social Work:

  • A resume and personal/professional profile.
  • Evidence of a minimum 70 hours of relevant volunteer/work experience within the last two years.

Except for applicants presenting the MacEwan University Social Work diploma, reference letters are required.

Social Work diploma holders from Alberta institutions other than MacEwan are required to submit two letters of reference:

  1. One from the Social Work program, and
  2. One from the applicant’s most recent field agency supervisor or related employment, if working in the field.

All other applicants are required to submit the following three letters of reference:

  1. One from a related volunteer or work experience,
  2. One academic reference, and
  3. One additional reference.

Applicants offered admission are required to submit the following:

  • A clear Police Information Check (or equivalent from another policing agency) that includes a Vulnerable Sector Search. The Police Information Check must be submitted by the published document deadline and have been issued within three months of the start of the program intake term.
  • An Alberta Children’s Services Intervention form.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 20, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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