Your academic journey in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program will provide you with opportunities, skills, and knowledge needed to excel in a career in the field of human services.
Your program will allow you to gain in-depth theoretical knowledge, extensive practical experience, and a reflective understanding of various social issues. Our internationally known educators and researchers will help you develop the qualities and skills necessary to become a social worker. To find out more about the social work profession, click here.
You can’t apply to the BSW program directly from high school but you can complete the first two years of your university studies in one of the Faculties at UCalgary. You'll need to complete 57 units of non-social work university courses and SOWK 201 or its equivalent prior to applying to the BSW program as a University Transfer student.
In your first two years at UCalgary, you should try a variety of disciplines to broaden your knowledge base, which may help you know if social work is right for you. We also recommend that you look for work or volunteer experience with human services organizations or community groups prior to your application to the program. The BSW program is competitive and your work and/or volunteer activities is a chance to show your commitment to helping others, to advocacy, and social justice.
You must ensure that the courses you choose in your first and second year of your post-secondary education, satisfy the requirements of the degree program in which you are registered.