Why choose Social Work at Dal?

At Dalhousie's School of Social Work, we believe that a commitment to social justice is the foundation of social work education and practice. Social workers should help individuals, families and communities resolve personal and social difficulties, and promote policy options to provide a better living environment for everyone.

"I like the Dal School of Social Work because of its commitment to social justice and its anti- oppressive curriculum design," says student Afolake Awoyiga.

Students and faculty apply this critical approach to social work practice methods, social policy, professional values and theoretical perspectives. The Bachelor of Social Work degree develops a broad range of diverse skills and theoretical perspectives that may be used in a variety of job settings. Our graduates are qualified to practice social work across Canada and around the world and the program is available to students on Dalhousie’s campus or through distance learning.

The BSW program is accredited by the Canadian Association For Social Work Education.

Program details

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Program Options

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

  • Campus study may be full-time or part-time
  • Distance study is available on a full-time or part-time basis
  • Program length is 2-3 years


Academic prerequisites

  • 1 year of an undergraduate degree completed
  • Minimum B- average from previous academic study
  • Recommended completion of:
    • A full-year writing course (English is preferred)
    • Introductory Sociology
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Any additional Social Science (such as Political Science, Economics, Gender and Women's Studies, or History)
    • One more full year elective

Volunteer or work experience

In addition to solid academic achievements, we look for any relevant experience that contributed meaningfully to your preparedness for a social work education.

  • Summer or part-time jobs that have a direct relationship to social work are definite assets.
  • Volunteer time, preferably work that included on-the-job training and supervision.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • February 15 - Deadline to apply to the Bachelor of Social Work program

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Our in-class BSW program has between 35-75 students per class.
  • Our distance delivery option has between 35-50 students per class.

Tuition Fees

Use our Fee Calculator to estimate the cost of a full year at Dalhousie.

Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing