social work students at our fall orientation University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work

Students applying with a social work diploma from outside Alberta

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 a social work diploma from outside Alberta."

What will I get credit for?

You'll apply to the faculty as a University transfer student

You'll receive credit for 30 units, including SOWK 201, for your diploma program. You will require an additional 30 units to meet the minimum admission requirements. 

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 grade point average (GPA) of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in English language

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Now choose our program:

Online or in-class? 

Virtual (online)

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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