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Lethbridge Campus

Social workers are Alberta's most in demand profession. At our Lethbridge campus you'll be transformed with the skills and knowledge you'll need to make a difference in the world. 

University of Lethbridge Campus

Where Are We?

Our campus is conveniently located in the University Hall Building (E526) on the University of Lethbridge Campus on Treaty 7 land, the traditional land of the Siksikaitsitapi, the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the Métis Foothills District.

Students in a Lethbridge class

Small Cohort

In Lethbridge you'll share your journey to becoming a social worker with a small, supportive group of peers. Current and former students often say how much they valued the intimate, and supportive learning environment they found in their Lethbridge cohort and the lifelong friendships they made. 

Student on University of Lethbridge climbing wall

Student Supports

As a UCalgary student studying at our Lethbridge campus, you'll not only have access to UCalgary student service supports, you'll also have access to ULethbridge student services, including the library system, recreation, health and wellness services, and student bus pass etc. (Photo courtesy University of Lethbridge).

Student in class

Ahead of Tomorrow

Our re-imagined BSW is designed to prepare you for the challenges of modern social work practice. Your nationally accredited degree will also be respected across Canada and abroad. For over 50 years UCalgary has been recognized as a leader in social work education and research. 

How Do I Apply?

University student?  If you have two years of university education, or have a degree, you’ll apply as a University transfer student. Find out more 

Social work diploma from outside Alberta? You'll apply as a University Transfer applicant. Find out more 

Our Lethbridge campus does not support those with an Alberta Social Work Diploma or those straight out of high school.

Two recent alum from our Lethbridge cohort, Samuel Mathon and John Manyock, on the ULeth campus.

Kloie Picot

About the Program

All our BSW programs begin in September and you'll attend classes in Fall, Winter and Spring term.

Applications close March 1, 2024 Learn how to apply

SOWK 201: If you've never had any formal social work instruction, you're required to take this introduction to social work. You can take SOWK 201 any time before or during the application cycle, or after BSW admission. Find out more

Admission Requirements? Find out more


20 month program

You'll attend classes in Fall, Winter and Spring term, there are no Summer classes. You'll follow the UCalgary academic calendar and be given specific assignment deadlines.

On Campus & Online

In our Blended BSW you'll attend one day of classes per week at our Lethbridge campus. Online classes are taught live at scheduled times (MT time zone). You'll also complete other independent learning that can be done on your own schedule.

Applied Learning

Field education remains at the heart of our social work program and provides you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in the real world. See practica information below for more detail.



Since this program is partially delivered online, you'll require regular access to an internet connection, and a computer with a camera and microphone. High speed internet is recommended, but not required. Test your Internet Connection

Lethbridge students make bedding for those experiencing homelessness using old shopping bags

University Transfer Students

As a University transfer student, you'll focus more on foundational social work knowledge, including an experiential learning focused practicum.

See the Curriculum

What will I learn?

Cover theory and practice in: an interconnected world, advocacy for social justice, communication and relationship building, professional ethics, research, mental health, Indigenous peoples' histories, cultures, and healing practices, green and sustainable social work, and afri-centric social work practice.

You may study topics such as: addictions and recovery, human sexuality, gerontology, intimate partner violence, loss and grief, mental health and trauma, social work in health care or child welfare settings, and social work with immigrants and refugees.

As a university transfer student, you'll complete two practicums.

Our new Community Engaged Practicum introduces you to the profession of social work, in the first year of your program. This 300 hour will help you to begin creating your professional social work identity. You'll also support community groups through special projects or social justice initiatives. Unique to UCalgary Social Work.

This practicum is taken alongside your fall and winter courses. In the fall semester you’ll build your knowledge and skill development for social work practice through online classes and peer connection. In the winter semester your student-centered journey will build on what you’ve learned to begin engaging in the community through a project, or social justice initiative.

Your second practicum experience comes in the final year of your program. This practicum is typically four day a week. You'll engage in practice and apply social work knowledge, skills and values. This practicum may be completed through different pathways, including:

  • agency-hosted practicum,
  • workplace practicum,
  • research practicum, or,
  • a supervised, self-directed practicum.

The final practicum is usually completed in-person, during regular business hours, four days a week.