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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program

The BSW Program is a 90-credit (three-year) undergraduate program offered by the Faculty of Arts, through the McGill School of Social Work. 

BSW Program Objectives

To provide an academic environment where students can develop:

  • integrated social work knowledge pertaining to history, theory, research, practice modalities, and policies that influence the delivery of health and social services;

  • professional skills in well-established methods of practice with individuals, families, and groups in communities and organizations;

  • understanding of the factors, processes and forces that form and govern social policy in Canada, and the skills to work towards policy improvement and change;

  • awareness of various dimensions of diversity and how they intersect in an increasingly heterogeneous society;

  • a sense of identity as an intervening agent in social work practice and a sense of responsibility that accompanies acts of intervention, and;

  • a commitment to advancing knowledge and improving skills within ethical social work practice that are the prerequisites for more advanced studies at the graduate level

As it is the policy of the School of Social Work to ensure that social workers are as diverse as the communities they serve, applications to the BSW program are encouraged from persons of varied backgrounds, including members of minority groups and persons of low income.

The McGill School of Social Work is a member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). The BSW Program is accredited by the CASWE

For those wanting to practice social work in Québec, please note that Québec law requires candidates seeking admission to the professional social work order of Quebec (OTSTCFQ) to demonstrate a working knowledge of the French language. For more information, please see our Working in Quebec page.