School of Social Work and Human Services

Social Work — bachelor's degree


Bachelor's degree

4 Years

Child Welfare Specialization

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (2012-2020)
  • BSW graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW).
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Do you have a passion for social justice? Have you always been interested in social issues? 

UFV's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree prepares you to collaborate with individuals, families, groups and communities in diverse envronments and cultural settings. Upon graduation you can apply to register with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW). Or, opt to pursue further studies and complete a Master of Social Work degree at UFV.

You enter the BSW when you are in third year after you've completed 60 credits. Once admitted to the program, you will complete two field placements with one of UFV's community partners. The program offers flexibility so you can carry on with other commitments in your life while earning your degree. 

View the Bachelor of Social Work's program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Child Welfare specialization

Choose to specialize your Bachelor of Social Work in the area of child welfare where you may complete a practicum with the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency.

View the program outline  in the UFV Academic Calendar

Extended Studies certificate: First Nations Option

If you already hold a BSW, you can apply for acceptance into the Certificate in Extended Studies in Social Work — Child Welfare specialization. This is the equivalent of a Child Welfare specialization. 

View the program outline  in the UFV Academic Calendar


The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

Trained social workers may seek employment in a variety of settings, including children and family services, health and mental health services, substance abuse services, schools, correctional institutions, immigration and settlement services, community organizations, welfare administration agencies, government agencies, and services for women, people with disabilities, and seniors.

The aging of the population creates both a large number of retirees in the profession and a growing demand for social services that serve seniors.


View the Bachelor of Social Work entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open to international students.


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with a Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.


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