Bachelor of Social Work

The BSW 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.

Program Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Vancouver Island University provides social work education that addresses local, national and global needs in a community context. We are committed to enhancing the capacity of individuals and communities; to addressing social issues emanating from the absence of equality and opportunity; and to promoting social justice through the preparation of graduates with demonstrated capabilities in the areas of clinical practice, research and community development.

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 11 pm, October 15, 2021. 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 Questionsto access information about online courses that will assist with completing prerequisites for entry in the Bachelor of Social Work Program.

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.

If you have applied to the program and have questions, please contact: 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.

For advising questions related to prerequisites and courses in the program, contact Louise Stern, Chair, Social Work Programs.  or 250-740-6268

Team Work

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

In keeping with regional protocol, Vancouver Island University students, staff, faculty and administration would like to acknowledge and thank the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Tla’amin First Nation, Snaw-naw-as First Nation and the Cowichan Tribes for allowing students, staff, faculty and administration to teach, learn, live and share educational experiences on the traditional territories of these nations.