Bachelor of Social Work

The TRU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program offers a nationally accredited degree that prepares students for a career in the diverse profession of social work. The BSW degree is designed to build on the educational achievements and experiences of a wide range of students.

Both diploma graduates and undergraduate students who have completed the necessary prerequisites may enter the program. Courses are offered on the Kamloops campus on a full-time or part-time basis.

The BSW program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

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Ashley Pierobon pushed her own limits so she could help others

"The support I received from (professors) was pivotal in my growth and shaping the social worker and person I have become."

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Ashley Pierobon


of BSW graduates surveyed indicated that the knowledge, skills and abilities they acquired in the program was useful in their work


of BSW graduates were satisfied with the quality of their education


Median starting income for full-time employment


of students continue on to further education

(Post-BSW data 2022 from TRU Institutional Planning and Effectiveness)


  • 1990 — Program begins with Dr. Grant Larson as Dean in partnership between Thompson Rivers University (formerly the University College of the Cariboo) and the University of Victoria
  • 1990-1997 — Joint BSW with UVic
  • 1998 — BSW established as an independently accredited program
  • 1997 — Concentrated BSW program offered
  • 1998 — Affiliation agreement with Nicola Valley Institute of Technology established
  • 2000-present — Child welfare specialization begins
  • 1999-2004 — Collaboration with UBC to offer MSW distance education program
  • 2005 — Thompson Rivers University established
  • Currently — BSW program is part of School of Social Work and Human Service in the Faculty of Education and Social Work