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Estd 1970Established Year

Bachelor of Social Work [B.S.W]

 3 years
 90 Credits
 full time
 on campus

Field of Study

$ 13,050 

1st Year

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Program Description

  • The Bachelor of Social Work(B.S.W) at Douglas College is offered as a 3-years or 6-term teaching program.
  • This is a university transfer program of 90 credits. The student can continue after completion of 30 credits in any other university or college in the same field.
  • Graduates of the Douglas College BSW program will be prepared to take on roles in health-care programs, non-profit community organizations, child welfare agencies and more to work with community groups, families, children and individuals.
  • In the third-and-fourth year, the program provides two supervised practicums to prepare the student for their social work career after graduation.
  • Students completing their BSW at Douglas College can apply for registration (to become Registered Social Workers, RSWs) as soon as they have finished their education.
  • The Student to Teacher ratio is 26:1 which bridges the gap between students and teachers.
  • Students may have job opportunities as Behavioral Management Aide, Case Management Aide, Community Outreach Worker, Juvenile court Liaison,..etc.
  • The average salary of the graduate after getting placed is 49,000 USD per year.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Bachelor
Duration3 years
Total Credits90
Fees$ 42,810 for 3 years or 90 Credits Program
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - May 31)
Language Proficiency IELTS,TOEFL,PTE
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • The student must have completed 30 university transfer credits from an accredited university. 
    • Any 3 credit ENGL university-transferable course is required.
    • University-transferable courses of 27 credits (non-social work courses) is required.
  • The student must be a High school graduate and 60% in the final year while applying for admission.
  • A minimum of 60% in Senior Secondary Education.
  • A minimum of 17 years of age by the end of the first month of the first year in this program.
  • One short course of BC secondary school graduation
  • General Arts and Humanities courses and a Lifespan Human Development class courses are to be completed before entering this program. 

Language Requirements:

  • The students must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (French or English) in the program. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.
  • The students whose official language is not English must submit the English Language Proficiency scores like IELTS or TOEFL.
  • If the student does not meet the language requirements they can take English Language Learning and Acquisition(ELLA) program and complete it and pursue this program.

Work Experience:

  • 100 hours of voluntary or paid work experience in the field of Human Services is required before entering this program.
  • Examples of acceptable volunteer hours in the human services field can be Addiction treatment centers, Aboriginal agencies, Immigration services, Adoption services, Victim services, Residential programs, etc.

Required Document List

The documents required are:

  • College Transcripts - The marks statement provided by the education board after completion of the previous academic qualifications.
  • Financial Documentation - The Proof that shows the financial background of the student.
  • Letter of Reference- Two letters are required one of which must be from a former supervisor in the Human Services field.
  • Letter of Intent  – describing why the student wishes to enter the program and field of Social Work.
  • Resume/CV - This provides a summary of the experience and skills of the student.
  • A successful Criminal Record Check (information will be provided by the Registrar’s Office).
  • English Language Requirement Scores like TOEFLIELTS,..etc.

Application Deadline

May 31

Scores Required

6.5 / 9

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearsYear 1Year 2Year 3
Tuition fees$13050$13050$13050
Health insurance$375$375$375
Total fees$14270$14270$14270

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and board$ 9,000
Transportation$ 369

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
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VISA & Work Study


  • Student visa and Visitor Visa (Optional) is required to study in Canada. 
  • The Student visa is a document that the Canadian government issues that allow foreign nationals to study at institutions in Canada.
  • A Student visa is usually valid for the length of the student’s study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days lets the student prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend their stay.
  • The cost of the Student visa is 112 USD.
  • The students need these documents to apply for a study permit:
    • Proof of acceptance i.e The offer letter that the student received from the university.
    • Proof of identity 
    • Proof of financial support i.e Documents showing the financial status.

Work Study

  • "On-campus" is defined as employment facilities within the boundaries of the campus. Students are only allowed to work on the campus at which they are registered as a FT student.
  • The student may work on-campus without a work permit if:
    • Is a full-time student enrolled at Douglas College
    • Have a valid study permit
    • Have a valid SIN 
  • International students can work off-campus if the student is:
    • full-time student enrolled at Douglas College
    • In an academic program that is at least 6 months in duration and that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate
    • Have a valid study permit, valid SIN
  • To maintain working eligibility off-campus, most students must be enrolled full-time (9 credits minimum).
  • Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions.

Career and Placement after Course

The Job roles to follow after graduation are:

  • Behavioral Management Aide.
  • Case Management Aide.
  • Community Outreach Worker.
  • Juvenile court Liaison.
  • Probation officer.
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker.
  • Eligibility Worker.., etc.

The average salary of the graduate after getting placed is 49,000 USD per year.

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