As a social worker, you’ll help people to overcome difficulties and improve their lives.  At Booth University College, we offer a demanding program with a strong focus on clinical practice. When you leave here, you’ll be ready to stand with the best in the field.


The Bachelor of Social Work from Booth University College can be completed in:

Social work is a challenging and rewarding profession. Our program will prepare you to overcome challenges and facilitate change. We continuously seek input from professionals in the field to ensure our curriculum reflects the current realities of practice.

We combine theory with experiential learning. Assignments are grounded in current theories, and simulate real-world expectations. Small class sizes allow for more advanced learning opportunities, because instructors can devote time to your learning and evaluation. You’ll learn from faculty who have extensive experience in social work. 

Social work is a broad field. From the start, you’ll be encouraged to share your interests and engage in conversations that help you explore areas of practice that are most exciting for you. 

Practicum Experience

During your time in the program, expect to gain at least 700 hours of practical field experience. When you graduate, you'll be prepared for practice in a variety of settings. Our emphasis on practical learning makes our graduates highly sought. Many are offered employment from their practicum placements. We have a unique approach to practicum placement. Our faculty are liaisons for all placements. Our field education coordinator works with you to find experiences that align with your passions and career goals.


Our social work program is a well-respected and sought-after program in Manitoba. We are an approved program with the Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW). Our graduates qualify to complete the Associated Social Work Boards Practice Exam to become a Registered Social Worker in Manitoba. Our success in preparing students for this exam has placed Booth University College in the top spot for completion rates in Canada.  

Although we are not accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators (CASWE), many of our graduates have gone on to register as social workers and practice across Canada. 

"When I was looking at different social work programs, I met some social workers and they all said the same thing: If you really want to know the job, and be good at what you do, go to Booth UC! I now say the same thing to others. Booth UC gave me the foundation, skills and confidence to work in any sector of the social work profession. I feel I will do great anywhere I find myself.”

- Olaitan (BSW/21)

Olaitan sitting on a bench outside.

The School of Social Work

Small class sizes, a collaborative learning environment, and faculty who believe in Education for a Better World. The School of Social Work at Booth UC provides a meaningful student experience that goes beyond the classroom.

Your Future

A career in social work offers many possibilities. You’ll help people affected by issues such as addictions, mental illness, disabilities, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, violence, trauma, health issues or crime. Diverse roles include advocate, counsellor, facilitator, mediator, case manager, or policy analyst.

Social workers practice in many settings:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Child welfare settings
  • Family service agencies
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Mental health organizations

What You'll Learn

Here’s what you can expect to learn in this program, in addition to our Institutional Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identification as a professional social worker and use of self.
  2. Adherence to the Social Work Code of Ethics and adoption of social work values in professional practice.
  3. Professional social work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations, applying knowledge of human behaviour and the social environment.
  4. Identification of structural sources of oppression and inequity, and promotion of human rights and social justice at all client system levels.
  5. Employment of critical thinking in professional practice.
  6. Engage in social work research.
  7. Engage in policy analysis and development to advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services.

Find more details in the Academic Calendar


For course details, visit the Academic Calendar.

To earn a Bachelor of Social Work, you must successfully complete a total of 120 credit hours comprised of:

  • 33 hours in the Booth University College Core Curriculum
  • 18 hours of general electives
  • 69 hours in the discipline (57 credits required, 12 credits electives)

Required (57 credit hours):

  • SWK110 Introduction to Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK220 Introduction to Social Welfare (Formerly Social Welfare in NA) (3)
  • SWK232 Foundations I (3)
  • SWK233 Foundations II (6)
  • SWK310 Research Methods (3)
  • SWK312 Human Behaviour in the Social Environment I (3)
  • SWK313 Human Behaviour in the Social Environment II (3)
  • SWK322 Indigenous People and Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK325 Social Work Field Practice I (6)
  • SWK326 Social Work Field Practice I Integrative Seminar (3)
  • SWK334 Foundations III (3)
  • SWK360 Crisis Intervention or SWK370 Trauma Informed Practice (3)
  • SWK410 Ethical Practice of Social Work (3)
  • SWK421 Contemporary Issues in Social Policy (3)
  • SWK425 Social Work Field Practice II (6)
  • SWK426 Social Work Field Practice Integrative Seminar II (3)

Electives (12 credit hours):

  • SWK300 Statistics for Social Work Practice
  • SWK364 Addictions and Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK365 Aging and Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK366 Disabilities and Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK367 International Social Work (3)
  • SWK368 Social Work and the Justice System (3)
  • SWK369 Anti-Oppressive Practice (3)
  • SWK373 Mindfulness (3)
  • SWK374 Social Work with Newcomers (3)
  • SWK395 Selected Topics in Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK460 Child Welfare Practice (3)
  • SWK461 Dual Disorders: An Integrative Perspective (3)
  • SWK462 Community Mental Health Practice (3)
  • SWK463 Social Work Practice with Children & Adolescents
  • SWK465 Spirituality in Social Work Practice (3)
  • SWK466 Independent Study in Social Work (3)

Selection Process

Enrollment to Booth University College’s Bachelor of Social Work program is limited. The number of applicants accepted each year varies depending on the number of returning students, number of graduates, and available resources within the department. Equal consideration is given to full-time and part-time applications. Although there are some courses available online or virtually, the program cannot be fully completed online or virtually.

The following criteria are used in assessing applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program:

  • Submission of a completed social work application by the due date
  • CGPA
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of references – academic, work and volunteer
  • Human service work experience / volunteer experience
  • Evidence of suitability for the social work profession
  • Evidence of emotional maturity and stability

Students who don't meet the criteria for direct entry

If you meet the admission requirements for Booth University College, but not for direct entry to the Bachelor of Social Work program, you may begin studies in the pre-BSW program. On your application to Booth UC, indicate your interest in the Social Work program. During your first year of studies at Booth UC, you’ll complete core curriculum courses and some first-year social work courses. During the winter semester, you can begin your application to the Bachelor of Social Work program for September admissions.

Admission Requirements

Review the admission requirements for this program, plus specific details for mature students, international students, and high school equivalencies for applicants outside Manitoba.

Contact Us

Our Admissions Team is happy to provide more information or help you through the application process. Contact us if you'd like to learn more about Booth University College or any of our programs.

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