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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 Faculty of Social Work 1. Summary of Degree Programs
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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Faculty of Social Work provides post-secondary education throughout Alberta. The BSW degree, accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, prepares students for generalist practice.

The BSW program is administered from three locations:

Calgary: Calgary BSW and Virtual (online) BSW.
Edmonton: Edmonton BSW Edmonton and Community-Based Learning Circles in Grande Prairie* and Red Deer*.
Lethbridge: Lethbridge BSW and Community-Based Learning Circles in Medicine Hat*.

*Admission to these programs is suspended.

The Learning Circles program prepares students for practice that is geographically relevant and particularly sensitive to the needs of Indigenous peoples. Students in the Community-Based Learning Circles program must be available to attend course offerings in Alberta communities where the Community-Based Learning Circles are being offered. The Virtual Learning Circles (online) BSW program delivers the curriculum through a blended learning approach, integrating online learning with some in-person classes in Calgary or Edmonton.

Graduate

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Faculty offers a Master's program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education leading to the MSW degree. The objective of the MSW program is to prepare students for advanced professional practice in social work. Students can choose the course-based or the thesis-based route in one of the three specializations: Clinical Social Work Practice, International and Community Development, and Leadership in the Human Services. The program is available for both BSW graduates and graduates from other disciplines. Please visit the faculty’s website socialwork.ucalgary.ca for specific program delivery information.

More details about the MSW program may be found in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work

The PhD in Social Work is a research-based degree and is intended to produce highly qualified social work researchers, administrative leaders, policy makers, and educators. Please check the faculty’s website to determine the program location for the year that you apply.

For further information please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.

MSW/MBA

Applications to this program are suspended until 2023.

Graduate Certificates in Social Work

Graduate Certificates in Social Work serve as stand-alone credentials for practicing social workers who seek formal professional development opportunities in their field, or provide practicing social workers a flexible option to pursue the MSW degree.

More information about Graduate Certificates can be found in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Graduate Certificate and Diploma

Applications to the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Mental Health and Addictions programs are not being accepted.