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First Nations Specialization

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
    Various locations Contact: 250.960.6629 or email
  • Length
    Final 2 Years (of 4 Year Program)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6150 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1600 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree

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.

Program Options

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

Application Fee: $35.70

1) Program Admission Requirements


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 course work 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


  • successfully complete a Criminal Record Check
  • Volunteer and paid human service experience
  • Three (3) confidential Reference forms
  • Statement of Intent 

Admission Advice

1. Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic qualifications and available space. 

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

3. 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.

4. For details on selection criteria for different routes into the Program and for  supplementary application forms, click here.



2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

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
  • 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
  • A 2.00 (C ) grade in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 and English Language Studies 170.
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 90, with no less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking components
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any of the four modules
  • A final grade of 2 in Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or AP Literature & Composition
  • A final grade f 3 in International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1 or A2 (higher or subsidiary level)
  • A grade of (B) on Cambridge English: Advanced (CEA)
  •  (no longer listed in 2018/19 calendar; is it still current?) Comparable results to the TOEFL or IELTS requirements in any other recognized English Language Assessment

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.



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

BC Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here.


Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on admission as a Transfer Student check here.

Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission 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 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.