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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.

Office of the University Registrar,
MacEwan University,
Building 7, 10700 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4S2, Canada

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


Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

1. a) Applicants must have completed an Alberta accredited Social Work Diploma with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.


b) Applicants must have completed 60 university-level credits with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must have completed the following courses:

  • Three credits of university-level English
  • Six credits of university-level course work from anthropology, political science, psychology or sociology
  • SOWK 240: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C-


All applicants must meet the following:

1. English Language Proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicable to all admission categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at

2. Other Admission Criteria

To be evaluated through the Program

Applicable to all admission categories

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

  1. Essay and Resume
  2. Evidence of a minimum 70 hours of human or social service volunteer/work experience within the last two years
  3. Professional Volunteer/Work 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 Intervention Record Check (or equivalent from another province/territory). The Intervention Record Check must be submitted by the published document deadline.

Equity Admission

The School of Social Work at MacEwan University is committed to principles of equity and diversity. The School supports equitable representation of groups underrepresented in the social work profession and has reserved up to 15% of admission spaces as equity admission spaces for applicants who self-identify as Indigenous. MacEwan University defines Indigenous as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada.

In order to be considered for admission under the Equity Admission criteria, candidates must still meet the minimum admission criteria for the program.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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

Updated September 21, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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