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First Nations Specialization

This program is an option of Social Work: Bachelor Degree.


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Fall 2020 and Winter/Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with UNBC about the learning method.

  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Prince George

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  • Length
    Final 2 Years (of 4 Year Program)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6750 per year (domestic students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1600 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Fall 2020
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Winter/Spring 2021

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UNBC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by February 1 for September entry.

Application Fee: $35.70 (domestic students); $125 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

Choose from one of the following routes:

Route #1: Completion of 60 credits, including at least 48 credits of liberal arts and sciences courses, and achieved at least a 2.67 ("B-") grade point average. This coursework must include the equivalency of the following UNBC courses:

  • SOCW 200-3 - Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • SOCW 201-3 - Introduction to Social Welfare
  • FNST 100-3 - The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • WMST 100-3 - Introduction to Women's Studies

Route #2: completion of social service worker training program at either College of New Caledonia (CNC), Norther Lights College (NLC) or Coast Mountain College (CMTN), with at least a 2.67 ("B-") grade point average. This coursework must include the equivalency of the following UNBC courses:

  • SOCW 200-3 - Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • SOCW 201-3 - Introduction to Social Welfare
  • FNST 100-3 - The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • WMST 100-3 - Introduction to Women's Studies

Route #3: completion of a Bachelor degree in a related discipline with at least a 2.67 ("B-") grade point average. It is expected that students in this admission category will normally have completed courses that are equivalent to the above-noted four admission pre-requisites.

Non-Academic (for all applicants) 

  • successfully complete a Criminal Record Check
  • preference in the selection process will be given to applicants with:
    • Volunteer and paid human service experience
    • Northern and remove residency
    • Grade Point Average
    • Three (3) confidential Reference forms
    • Statement of Intent 

Admission Advice

1. Use BC Transfer Guide to search course equivalency of UNBC SOCW 200, SOCW 201, FNST 100 and WMST 100 if you are transferring from another post-secondary institution.

2. In addition to submitting an online application, you are required to submit Bachelor of Social Work Supplementary Application Form. 

3. Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic qualifications and available space. Click to see information pertaining to selection criteria for different entry routes into the Program. 

4. Your grade point average for admission will be calculated based on your most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UNBC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary
If English is not your first language, you may meet the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways (minimum score):

  • Completed five consecutive years of education in English immediately before admission (i.e. within two years of application)
  • Completed 2 full years of full-time post-secondary level studies (or equivalent) at a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction
  • A 70% final grade in English 12 or equivalent in the BC secondary system
  • A 75% (B) grade in a university transferable English course
  • TOEFL internet-based score of 90, with no sub-score less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
  • A final grade of 2.00 ("C") or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170.
  • A final grade of 2.00 ("C") or better in an articulated BCCAT EAP 4 program.
  • A final grade of 2 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition
  • A final grade of 3 or better in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)
  • MELAB score of 80, with a minimum 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment score of at least 70, with no subtest below 60
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA) with a grade of ("B") or better
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking 

Note:
1. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from English language requirement for admission. 

2. Click here for a full list of ways to meet the English language proficiency requirement.  

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. If your first language is not English, you must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English to participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as complete written assignments. See English Language Requirements for full details.

 

 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Details on admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates can be found here.

 

Out-of-Province

Details on admission requirements for students from other Canadian provinces are found here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student, please check here.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student, please check here.

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission, please check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Information for other Admission Categories is found here.

These categories include:

  • Mature Student Entry
  • Interest Only (ie-taking courses for credit but not a credential)
  • Special Entry
  • Audit Only (ie-taking courses but not for credit)
  • Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student
  • Dual High School/University Credit

How to Apply

For details on How to Apply, please check here.

Training in a program like this one can lead to different careers. Related occupations are presented to show potential career options, not definite outcomes.

Follow the links to learn more about these careers on WorkBC's career profiles.