Social Work

Social Work



  • School of Social Work
  • 550 Sherbrooke Ouest, Suite 100
  • Montreal QC H3A 1B9
  • Telephone: 514-398-7070
  • Fax: 514-398-4760
  • Email: undergraduate.socialwork [at]
  • Website:

About Social Work

About Social Work

The School of Social Work offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree. The B.S.W. program:

  1. prepares students for generalist social work practice in a range of health and social service positions (the B.S.W. represents the point of admission into the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers); and
  2. prepares students for entry into specialized professional studies at the graduate level.

A 90-credit program is offered to students entering from CEGEP or equivalent, students who transfer from within McGill or other universities, and mature students. For more information, refer to the School's website.

For Graduates intending to practice social work in Quebec, please note that Quebec 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.

The objectives of the B.S.W. program are 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 community organizations;
  • understanding of the factors, processes, and forces that form and govern social policy in Canada, and the skills to work toward 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.

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) – Three-Year Program – Admission

The BSW program aims to ensure that social workers are as diverse as the communities with which we work. First Nations, Inuit, Métis, people with disabilities, racialized people, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from CEGEP, French and International Baccalaureate, transfer, and mature students are welcome. Admission to the BSW program is limited and competitive. All candidates are expected to have better than average grades, significant socialwork-related experience, paid or volunteer, and also to demonstrate personal suitability for the social work profession. Classes are offered in English, but French proficiency (comprehension, spoken, and written) is needed for local field placements and for securing admission to the OTSTCFQ.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 15, 2024) (disclaimer)

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) - Social Work (Three-Year Program) (90 credits)

The School of Social Work offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The BSW focuses on generalist social work practice in a range of health and social service settings locally, nationally and internationally. Drawing on principles of diversity and equity consistent with anti-oppressive frameworks, the BSW examines...

For more information, see Social Work (Three-Year Program) (90 credits).

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