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Bachelor of Social Work

What's special about a McGill Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)?

Changing the world, one social worker at a time...

Our School of Social Work will prepare you to make a difference in Montreal, across Canada, and around the world. With a focus on social justice on issues facing vulnerable and disadvantaged people, our goal is the development of just and equitable societies.

We encourage our students…
To think critically about social work practice and policy. Our professors have a wide variety of dynamic specializations, including child welfare, families, violence, sexuality, aging, social theory, social work practice, and methodology.

We have strong ties in the community…
Our students take field placements and our staff work closely with supervisors in CLSCs, Youth Protection, community organizations, advocacy groups, hospitals, and health agencies.

Am I eligible to apply to the BSW program?

If you have or are in the final stages of completing  a CEGEP DEC, or have completed equivalent studies (example: French Baccalaureate, IB Diploma outside of Canada/USA, minimum one year of full-time university studies, 2 year diploma from another province), with better than average grades and have related social work experience, you can apply directly to the BSW program.

If you are a high school student (in a program other than those outlined above), you are not eligible for direct admission to the BSW. You must complete a minimum of one year of university studies (full time, 30 credits or equivalent) in order to be eligible for consideration. This year of studies may be completed at McGill, or at another university.   

How is the B.S.W. structured?

The 3-Year B.S.W. degree is awarded upon successful completion of 90 credits of study. It consists of a combination of social work courses, supervised field practice, and courses located principally in the social sciences. To view the program outline, click here.

Want more information?

For further details on the School of Social Work, please consult the B.S.W. website.