Bachelor of Social Work

The post-degree BSW is limited to 52 students and admission is highly competitive. Applicants are assessed on the basis of academic preparation and professional suitability, and satisfying the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants must satisfy the following minimum academic requirements:


  1. A bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the most recent 60 credit hours*. Normally students currently in 4th year of a bachelor's degree program who will have completed 120 credit hours or more by the end of April of the year of application, are eligible to apply and may be given provisional acceptance pending completion of degree requirements by May 15 of the year of application. Students who will complete their degree requirements beyond May 15th may be considered on an individual basis.

    Note: An applicant with a bachelor’s degree who does not meet the grade point average requirement may be considered for admission two years after graduation if the applicant has earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 based on course work completed after graduation (a minimum of 15 credit hours). Normally, these courses will be chosen from the Social Sciences and Humanities and will be taken at the second-year level or higher. Applicants must meet all other requirements.

  2. A minimum of 60 credit hours in liberal arts.

  3. An empirical research methods course, acceptable to the School of Social Work. Applicants without an appropriate research methods courses may be accepted to the School of Social Work on the condition that they successfully complete an approved course before beginning the program and no later than August 1.

    For an in-depth explanation of the research course requirement click here: Research Course Requirement

    Note: Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum academic requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

  4. A critical awareness of the interaction among the individual and the social, political, and economic aspects of society and a demonstrated recognition that the major contribution to more problems is the structure of society rather than the individual.

  5. Evidence of familiarity with, and commitment to, the profession of social work, as well as the capacity to learn from experience.

Eligible candidates are also assessed for professional suitability based on:

  • critical awareness of the interaction among the individual and the social, political, and economic aspects of society
  • recognition that for structural social workers, the main focus for change is the structure of society rather than the individual
  • evidence of familiarity with and commitment to the profession of social work
  • capacity to learn from experience

Selection Process

As there are many more qualified candidates than openings in this limited-enrolment program, many excellent candidates cannot be accepted. Selection is made by the Department of Social Work’s Admission Committee based on the following criteria:

Criteria Weight


CGPA on program or most recent 60 credit hours (minimum 3.0) 30%
Personal Statement 20%
Interview 20%
Experience (work, volunteer, life and learning from experience) 20%
Social Problem Test 10%

Points for experience and the personal statement are assigned and agreed upon by members of the Admission Committee who scrutinize references, résumé, and the personal statement to assess what the applicant has learned from their experience including the understanding of social work, self-awareness, and professional/learning goals.

Practicum Conditions

The post-degree program includes two field placements for a minimum total of 700 field hours. The second practicum will begin in September (4th semester) and end in December. During the practicum, students will normally be expected to return to campus for three field integration workshops. It may be possible for students to complete their practicums in communities other than Fredericton. Efforts will be made to accommodate students’ needs and personal circumstances.

Equity Admission Policy


The School of Social Work supports the principles of equity and diversity, and acknowledges the impact of structural barriers in the lives of some people. It seeks to minimize the impact of disadvantages or impediments that applicants may face because of identification with, or perceived inclusion in, a specific group. Equity is about fairness and mutual respect; it acknowledges differences and takes these differences into account.

This policy of the School of Social Work recognizes that many forms of oppression and disadvantage exist, and that the composition and prominence of specific groups will inevitably shift with the changing social environment. Therefore, rather than identify specific groups, this policy will apply to applicants who have experienced marginalization, underrepresentation, or discrimination. Applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements and who submit a completed Educational Equity Statement as having experienced structural barriers because of their self-identification with a specific group, or because of labels imposed upon them by society, will be eligible for consideration under this policy.

To view the Educational Equity Statement Instructions click here: Education Equity Statement Instructions


About the Program

Social work is an exciting, demanding, and rewarding profession. Social workers help those in need and seek to remedy societal problems that create inequality and injustice. Social workers help couples resolve marital problems, counsel abused children, set up community associations, and draft social policy legislation.

St. Thomas is the only university in New Brunswick to offer an English language Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), the minimum qualification for social work practice in the province. The programme is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education. 


Applicants to the 15-month programme must hold a bachelor’s degree which includes 60 credit hours of liberal arts studies. The St. Thomas Bachelor of Arts provides an exceptional foundation for the Social Work degree: for example, students interested in a career in probation may study Criminology, those interested in working with seniors may study Gerontology, and those who want to work with First Nations communities may take Native Studies. An introductory Social Work course is open to Bachelor of Arts students, and School of Social Work faculty members are available to students considering a social work career.


Planning for a Career in Social Work
Choosing Courses If You're Thinking About Social Work
Examples Of Pre-Social Work Education
Research Course Requirement


Application Process

Stage 1

The application deadline for the post-degree BSW is January 31. The application, including supporting documents, must be received by the Admissions Office on or before the January 31 deadline. The required application and documents include the following:


  1. a completed general application form for admission found here

  2. non-refundable application fee of $55 ($40 for applicants from New Brunswick)

  3. completed Personal Statement Form on which you discuss your interest in becoming a social worker; experiences (personal, volunteer, professional, employment) that have influenced both your understanding of Social Work and your decision to apply; insights, knowledge, and skills that you have gained from these experiences and that have relevance to social work; and your professional/learning goals as well as any relevant vocational plans

  4. detailed résumé including volunteer and paid employment

  5. three reference letters which assess your suitability for the Social Work profession; these can be from diverse sources such as personal, academic and professional referees. If you are currently employed in the field related to Social Work, include your supervisor among your references. Reference forms for distribution to your referees can be found here: BSW Reference Form. Please refer your references to the BSW Reference Guidelines and advise them of the January 31 deadline for the program.

  6. official transcripts of marks from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you are currently enrolled in university courses, please ensure that official transcripts of final grades for the first semester, together with a list of second-semester courses, if applicable, are submitted to the Admissions Office by the January 31 deadline; and that you make arrangements to have your final transcript or official confirmation that you have satisfied the requirements of your undergraduate degree program submitted to the Admissions Office on or before May 15. Please note, if you have a STU transcript, you will not need to submit it, as our Admissions Office has access to it.
  7. International applicants: applicants to the Bachelor of Social Work program whose primary language is not English must submit an official English language proficiency score.  Minimum score requirements for this program are as follows:

    TOEFL 89 (Internet-based)
    TOEFL 573 (Paper-based)
    IELTS 6.5
    CAEL 60
    Cambridge English Qualifications C or higher (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)

For further information, please see BSW Application Instructions. Please refer to the Application checklist on your student portal to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.


Stage 2

As part of the application process, all eligible candidates will be required to participate in a group interview conducted by representatives of the Social Work Department. These interviews, usually scheduled for March, will be conducted either in person on campus or via telephone conference calls. Participants will be evaluated on:

  • self-awareness
  • ability to relate to others
  • problem-solving ability
  • social/political awareness

The schedule for the interview will be forwarded to eligible candidates by e-mail.

In conjunction with the interview, applicants will complete a brief test involving an analysis of a social problem. Normally this test will be written on the day of the group interview. Applicants participating in telephone interviews will be asked to arrange to have the test written and monitored at a local educational institution. Applicants will be presented with a current or enduring social problem and will be asked:

  • why it is seen to be a social problem
  • what the causes of the problem might be
  • what the impact or consequences of the problem are on people and on society
  • how they think the problem might be resolved or reduced

Candidates for admission to the post-degree BSW will receive written notice of their admission status by April 30. The notice will be forwarded to the permanent mailing address identified on the application.

For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at (506) 452-0532 or email