Social Work

Social workers advocate for social justice and work with people to resolve problems in their day-to-day lives. They work one on one with vulnerable children and adults, families in need of assistance, seniors, people with disabilities, people who struggle with addictions or mental health problems, refugees and other clients to identify and achieve goals for better quality of life.

If this sounds like you, the Douglas College Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program will give you the social-work skills and knowledge to take on roles at non-profit community organizations, child welfare agencies, residential and health-care programs and more, where you will work with children, individuals, families and community groups.

Bachelor of social work grads are in high demand throughout the province. B.C.’s 2025 Labour Market Outlook lists social work as one of the province’s top occupations in terms of job opportunities.

Program at a Glance

Our BSW program takes three years to complete; all you need is 30 university-transferable credits to be admitted. With our degree, the prerequisites are built into the first year of the program, so even if you have taken general university-transferable courses, you’ll still be eligible to apply.


Accreditation:The Douglas College Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program was approved by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education in Spring 2016, and has been developed to meet all the accreditation standards of the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators (CASWE).

Please note the BSW program is currently not accredited. The college has yet to apply to CASWE for accreditation, and there is no guarantee CASWE will accept the college's application for accreditation, nor is there any guarantee the college will receive CASWE accreditation in the event its application is accepted.

For more information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.