Entry routes to the BSW program

Figure out your entry pathway

If you don't have a social work diploma from an Alberta school with a UCalgary transfer agreement, then you'll be applying as a University Transfer student. This includes students with social work diplomas from outside Alberta.

Online or in-class?

If you want to stay in your home community, our Virtual Learning Circle is a great option. If you'd rather have in-class learning, you'll be looking at our campus-based programs in Calgary, Edmonton or Lethbridge.

BSW Program Options

No previous social work education?

If you haven't taken any social work courses before, you'll be required to take our introductory class: Social Work 201.

Explore Social Work 201

BSW entry routes


"I have an Alberta Social Work Diploma."

You'll apply as an Alberta Social Work diploma applicant, if you have a diploma from a school that has a UCalgary transfer agreement.

"I have a social work diploma from a school outside Alberta."

You'll apply as a University transfer studentNormally you'll need an additional 30 units of university transferable non-social work courses.

"I've completed at least two years of university study."

You'll apply as a University Transfer studentYou'll need to have completed 57 units of university transferable non-social work courses. You'll also need Social Work 201.

"I have a degree in another subject." 

You'll apply as a University Transfer studentYou'll also need Social Work 201. You might also be interested in pursuing a Master of Social Work.

"I'm a high school student."

Unfortunately you can't apply to the faculty directly from high school, but we have some suggestions for your first two years of university.