School of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Booth University College prepares students to facilitate change in individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Program Options

Four-year Degree Program (120 credit hours)
Two-year After-Degree Program (75 credit hours)


Social workers seek to improve quality of life and well-being, advocate for principles of social justice and equality for the oppressed and vulnerable, work to remove structural disadvantage and create opportunities for people to develop their own skills and resources to reach their own goals.

Booth University College’s Bachelor of Social Work program is available in a four-year degree program and a two-year after-degree program, with a strong emphasis on clinical skills courses. Our faculty have tremendous personal social work experience to share, which helps students understand what they are learning in the classroom. During the course of their studies in social work, students will typically gain more than 800 hours of practical experience during their time in the field. Students also benefit from the unique way we match our students for practicum placement and have our core faculty established as the ones who serve as liaisons for all placements.

Our social work program is a well-respected and sought-after program in the province of Manitoba. We are an approved program of the Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW) for registration in the province of Manitoba. BSW graduates who register with the MCSW are eligible to take the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) licensing examination.

Graduates from our BSW program have excelled in the ASWB Licensing Exam. In 2022, our graduates were the second highest in North American institutions, and the highest in Canada*”, notes Dr.Cynthia Sottie, Director, School of Social Work at Booth UC.

*As per the Associated Social Work Boards

Although we are not accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators (CASWE), our graduates all qualify for registration as social workers in Manitoba; and many have gone on to register as social workers and practice across Canada as well as complete graduate studies in various universities and programs in Canada and the US.

Career Possibilities

Social work as a career offers many possibilities to people who want to make a difference in the quality of life for individuals and society. Social workers perform diverse roles such as advocates, counsellors, facilitators, mediators, administrators and policy analysts. Social workers help persons affected by issues such as addictions, mental health concerns, disabilities, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, violence, trauma, health issues or crime. Social workers practice in diverse settings such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, child welfare settings, family service agencies, treatment centers, criminal justice settings and mental health organizations.

“Social Work is important because it focuses on the myriad of strengths and resources that individuals, groups, families and communities possess.
In a world where criticism, comparison, and depreciation are commonplace, social workers bring a fresh perspective that encourages and relies on client strength and ability to bring about positive change.”

– Sara Hepditch (BSW/21)

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