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Bachelor of Social Work Degree


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Summer 2020 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with NVIT about the learning method.

  • Campuses
    Burnaby

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    Merritt

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    City of Merritt
  • Length
    final two years (of a four-year program)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $4900 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2200 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site
    • Temporarily online/hybrid Summer 2020

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

This program may be of special interest to Aboriginal students.

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

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early submission deadline is January 31 and final submission deadline is April 30.

Late applications will only be considered if there are seats available. 

Application Fee: N/A

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade requirements in bracket)

  • at least 54 credits (60 is preferred) of general university studies which may include a combination of Human Service/Social Service Certificate/Diploma courses and liberal arts, humanities and social science courses*
  • Social Work 200A and 200B (or equivalent)
  • three credits of Academic English composition (ie - ENGL 110 at NVIT) or six credits of English literature

Note (*): General University studies courses must have been completed with at least a 2.33 ("C+") grade point average (GPA). Human Service Certificate/Diploma courses must have been completed with at least a 2.67 ("B-") GPA.

Non-Academic  
  • Admission statement: consists of answering five questions that share your ideas, interests and expectation about social work*
  • Criminal record check (once accepted into the program) 
  • A current resume
Note (*) You will be required to demonstrate your suitability for social work practice, and your concurrence with the generalist, interdisciplinary and trauma-informed approach to working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Experience in health and social service organizations (paid or voluntary) will improve your ability to demonstrate suitability for social work practice. At least 100 hours experience is recommended before applying for admission.

Admission Advice  

1. Priority registration for seats is to open to:

  • Current NVIT students who meet minimum admission requirements to move into the BSW program
  • Indigenous students who meet minimum admission requirements
  • Remainder of seats for first priority registration to be offered to applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements based on date of application

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirement: To create the best possible learning environment at NVIT, it is critical all students be able to participate in classroom activities and complete written assignments. English is the language of instruction and communication at NVIT; therefore, all applicants must demonstrate fluency in English by fulfilling one of the following options:

  • two years of full-time study, at the grade 8 level or higher, with English as the language of instruction. (Studies that are part of an English as a Second Language program cannot be used towards fulfilling this requirement.); or
  • successful completion of BC English 11 (or equivalent acceptable to NVIT), with a minimum grade of "C+"; or
  • successful completion of a university transferable, post-secondary level English course with a minimum grade of "C"; or
  • TOEFL (computer-based) = a minimum score of 213 with a minimum essay score of 4.0; or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) = a minimum score of 550 with a minimum Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0; or
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI) = a minimum score of 4 within the past two years; or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) = a minimum score of 6.0 on each of the academic listening, reading, writing, and speaking modules of the exam. 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

General Institute Admission Requirements: Admission requirements vary by program. Program-specific admission requirements for NVIT's programs are detailed separately in each program profile in the EducationPlannerBC Search Database.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

BC Secondary School Graduate Admission: 

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before we can confirm your admission, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable.

BC High school transcripts can be requested from the high school, school district office, or the Ministry of Education.

 

Out-of-Province

Out-of-Province Secondary School Graduate Admission:

An important part of the application process is to share your full educational history. Before your admission can be confirmed, NVIT must receive official transcripts (an official record of your grades) from high school or other educational institutes you have attended.  An official transcript is one that is sealed and sent directly from the institution to NVIT.  Transcripts faxed directly from another institution to NVIT are acceptable. Official high school transcripts can also be ordered through relevant provincial government websites. Check the provincial website to determine the cost of obtaining an official transcript.

BC Transfer Student

BC Transfer Student Admission: Applicants who have completed equivalent post-secondary level courses at other accredited institutions may be eligible for transfer credit. Please complete the Application for Transfer Credit form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants eligible for such credit may be asked to provide detailed course outlines for courses under consideration. Please note, calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT, must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Out-of-Province Transfer Student Admission: Applicants who have completed equivalent post-secondary level courses at other accredited institutions may be eligible for transfer credit. Please complete the Application for Transfer Credit form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

Applicants eligible for such credit may be asked to provide detailed course outlines for courses under consideration. Please note, calendar descriptions do not provide enough information to determine equivalencies.

To fulfill residency requirements at NVIT, a minimum of 50% of the credits required for a credential must be completed at NVIT. As well, students wishing to complete a second credential at NVIT, must complete additional courses equal to at least 50% of the total number of credits required for each additional credential.

Mature Student

Mature Student Admission:
For admission purposes, a mature student is one who is 19 years of age or older, and who has been out of school for at least one year.

Adults are encouraged to apply to specific programs even if they are unable to meet specified educational requirements given that other factors such as maturity and work experience may be considered in some programs. If students do not meet minimum educational requirements for a desired program, they may demonstrate these requirements through an assessment and/or upgrade by completing appropriate program admission requirements and course pre-requisites.

Verify information directly with NVIT. 

International Student

International students interested in attending NVIT should contact the Merritt or Vancouver Campus for information on admission procedures and program availability.

Merritt Campus - Phone: 1-250-378-3300

Vancouver Campus - Phone: 1-604-602-3422

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Other Student (including Special Consideration) Admission: Any applicants who require special consideration (such as students with disabilities or international students) must begin the admissions process at least 4 months prior to the start date of classes.

 

How to Apply

For details on applying to NVIT, 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.