Online Social Work program

Bachelor of Social Work

The online Bachelor of Social Work program welcomes our new students who will begin their courses in September 2018!

Applications for the September 2019 intake will open October 1, 2018. Official transcripts and admission documentation will be accepted by the Admissions and Registration Office up to February 28, 2019.

This online, professional degree program is intended to equip practitioners with knowledge and best practices relevant to current local, national and global needs from a contemporary social work perspective. Please refer to the online program calendar for detailed descriptions of the program, admission requirements and courses. Course delivery will include audio and visual components to augment online course materials.

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Program Accreditation

Consistent with the program's interest in promoting excellence in contemporary professional social work practice through peer oversight that ensures high academic and practice standards, the Bachelor of Social Work program at Vancouver Island University is accredited through the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

Bursaries and Awards

There are generous bursaries and awards available to current and prospective BSW students to offset the tuition costs of this program. The BSW program is offering 3 types of bursary/awards to 3rd and 4th year students. Each bursary is worth $5,000.00 per year as a tuition credit. Students must complete the application forms provided by September 15, 2018. Application forms are available on the BSW Student HUB, VIULearn.

***The number of bursary/awards available each year is contingent on available funding.

Applying to the online BSW Program

*Please review the "Frequently Asked Questions" to access information about online courses that will assist with completing prerequisites for entry in the Bachelor of Social Work Program.

Applications for the September 2019 intake will open October 1, 2018. Official transcripts and admission documentation and will be accepted by the Admissions and Registration Office up to February 28, 2019.

 Download an application form to VIU or apply online. Official transcripts and admission documentation must be mailed to:

Registration Centre
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5S5

Please note that applicants MUST submit official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions/programs attended.

For further information or queries about applying, please contact: registration@viu.ca or call 250-740-6400 or 1-888-920-2221 ext 6400.

If you have applied to the program and have questions, please contact: advising@viu.ca or, to arrange an in-person or phone advising appointment, call 1-888-920-2221 ext 6410 or 250-740-6410. Visit the Advising Centre for information about booking an appointment with an Educational Advisor.

Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw.

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