A student receives their Key to Social Work at our orientation ceremony University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work

Students applying with an Alberta Social Work Diploma

Our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary for professional social work practice. You will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge, extensive practical experience, and reflective understanding of various social issues. As a graduate of this program, you will be qualified to practice social work across Canada and around the world.

"I have an Alberta Social Work Diploma."

This entry route is for students who have a Social Work diploma from an Alberta post secondary that has a transfer agreement with UCalgary Faculty of Social Work. You must have completed a minimum of 24 units university transferable, non-social work courses (normally as part of your diploma) for admission.

All courses required for admission must be completed by the end of the winter term before the fall term you're applying for. 

You'll also need to meet the following requirements:

  • Admissibility to the University of Calgary
  • English Language Arts 30-1 (high school) or an acceptable equivalent
  • Minimum social work diploma grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in English language

UCalgary English Proficiency

Post secondaries with a UCalgary Transfer Agreement

  • Bow Valley College
  • Keyano College
  • MacEwan University
  • Maskwacis Cultural College
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mount Royal University
  • NorQuest College
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Portage College
  • Red Deer Polytechnic
  • University Blue Quills
  • Yellowhead Tribal College.

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

You'll apply as a University Transfer student.

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“I actually was quite hesitant to come to U of C in the beginning because I heard it's more of a research-based school. I thought, ‘What does research have to do with social work? Is this going to impact social work education?’ Then I took the research course with Dr. Jessica Shaw, PhD, and that completely changed my outlook.”

Jessica Sauerwein

BSW '20, Research Assistant, Faculty of Social Work