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Before the program: preadmission requirements

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must have a minimum of 54 (preferably 60) eligible credits completed including ENGL 1100 Intro to University Writing, SOCW 2060 Intro to Social Work Practice, and SOCW 2120 Intro to Social Welfare.

While there are several ways to meet the admission requirements, the two most common are:

  • Complete the Human Service Work Diploma (HUMS) at TRU or an approved human service or social worker diploma at another institution
  • Complete 54 to 60 eligible credits of general university studies (i.e. humanities/social science/science) including ENGL 1100, SOCW 2060 and SOCW 2120. To view a list of eligible credits, please visit The Approved General University Studies Credit.

Do I have to have all admission requirements completed before applying?

Admission requirements must be completed or in progress when applying. If the admission requirement courses are listed on your transcript, your application will be considered. Applicants will have until June 30 to confirm all requirements have been met to begin the program in September.

If I completed credits more than 10 years ago will they be accepted for admission?

While some older credits might be accepted, if some of the courses are considered foundational to your success in the program, you may be asked to repeat them to gain current knowledge. Contact to discuss your situation.

Do I need to complete any math or science electives to be eligible for admission?

Math and science electives are not required but can be applied for credit in the BSW program.

How do I check if the courses I completed at another institution will transfer to TRU and be accepted in the BSW program?

Applicants who have completed credit at another post-secondary institution can use the BC Transfer Guide and the list of approved electives to determine if the credit completed can be applied in the Bachelor of Social Work. If the courses are not listed in the transfer credit guide, applicants may email for clarification.

How much will I have to pay to transfer credit from another post-secondary institution?

Thompson Rivers University does not charge a fee to transfer credit from another eligible institution.

What if I don’t meet the admission requirements yet?

Please refer to the list of approved electives to select courses that will help you meet the admission requirements. If you still have questions, email

How do I submit my transcripts and admission statement?

Information about submitting transcripts can be found at Submit Your Transcript or Documents. The admission statement can be submitted through the form.

Do I need to have any volunteer/work experience prior to applying to the BSW?

No volunteer or work experience is required. You are welcome to include relevant information from work experience/volunteer experience when responding to the admission statement questions.

What is the deadline for admission?

The early admission deadline is Jan. 15. Applications will be accepted until March 31.

During the program: program structure and delivery

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The Bachelor of Social Work program is a 120-credit program. The first 54-60 credits are completed prior to admission to the program and the remaining 60-66 credits are completed after admission. It will take a minimum of four semesters (fall, winter, fall, winter) to complete courses once admitted. It is possible to take more than four semesters if you would like to reduce your semester course loads.

Do I need to find my own practicum placements?

BSW students should not connect with potential practicum placement agencies. Students will submit an application for practicum that identifies their social work areas of interest and learning objectives. The Field Education Coordinator will endeavor to make the best match between the learning objectives of the student and the learning opportunities offered by the agencies.

What type of practicums are available?

There is a wide array of practicum placements available. Students have been placed in practicums in agencies that focus on:

  • Indigenous community support
  • Children and family support
  • Youth mentoring
  • Mental health
  • Substance use

What type of courses will I have to take once admitted to the program?

Core courses (mandatory)
  • Canadian Social Policy
  • Introduction to Social Work Research
  • Theory and Ideology
  • Human Development
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Indigenous People and Human Service Practice
  • Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations
  • Race, Racialization, and Immigration Policy
  • Decolonizing Social Work Practice ne Secwepemcul'ecw
  • Social Work Field Practice (practicum)
Examples of social work electives — minimum of six required
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression
  • Mental Health
  • Leadership
  • Educating for Social Change
  • Social Work with Communities
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Rural Social Work
  • Critical Dementia Studies
  • Grief and Loss
  • Social Work with Groups
  • Older People, Aging and Society
  • Addictions
  • Social Work with Families
  • Disability Studies
  • International Social Work
Child welfare specialization
  • Law and Social Policy
  • Family and Child Welfare Practice
  • Family and Child Welfare Policy

After the program: employment opportunities

What career opportunities are available after I graduate from the BSW program?

You can find career information for social work in British Columbia at WorkBC and for Canada at the Job Bank.