Social Work

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Practice social work in northern and remote communities.

Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree places special emphasis on the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

Program Description

Yukon College offers, in partnership with the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The University of Regina grants the degree and the program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The BSW program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to practice social work in northern and remote communities. Particular attention is given to the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

The program uses practicums and a cultural camp to further enhance the educational experience.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a BSW Information Session prior to applying to the program. Dates for these sessions are listed on the BSW web page.

The application deadline for the Fall 2020 term is March 31, 2020. There is one intake per year and seats in the program are limited. Half the seats are reserved for qualified Indigenous applicants.

Applying to the program involves applying to Yukon College, completing a comprehensive BSW Application that includes several documents, and if you meet the criteria, an interview.

Please follow the steps chronologically. We encourage you to submit your completed BSW Application in advance of the deadline.


Step 1:  Apply online to Yukon College

  • Specify "BSW" as the program
  • Submit your official transcripts
  • Pay your registration fee

Step 2:  A BSW Program Application will be electronically sent to you once your Yukon College application has been received by Admissions

Step 3:  Complete the BSW Application. Be sure to include all documents:

  • Checklist of academic prerequisites
  • A written personal statement; instructions are provided
  • A current resume that includes work and volunteer experience
  • A list of three references. Reference forms and instructions are provided. References are to be sent directly to Admissions by referees.
  • A current  Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check

Step 4:  Submit the BSW Application by March 31, 2020

Place documents in one envelope and mail or bring to:

     Yukon College Admissions
     P.O. Box 2799
     Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5K4
     Attention: BSW Admission

Step 5:  Application Review

Completed BSW Admission packages are typically reviewed within four weeks by Admissions. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will be informed by Admissions.

The following steps apply for applicants who meet the admission criteria:

Step 6:  BSW Interview

Applicants who meet the admission criteria will be interviewed by program faculty and community-based social workers in April and early May. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory interview score to be accepted to the program.

Step 7:  Decision about Yukon College Admission

Following the interview, applicants will be informed in writing by Yukon College Admissions about whether they will be accepted to the BSW Program.

Step 8:  Successful Applicants

There is a mandatory orientation session for new Yukon College BSW students. This is when an application for admission to the University of Regina, and specifically to the Faculty of Social Work's BSW Program will be completed. Decisions about transfer credit occur after acceptance to the University of Regina. Fall registration in social work courses at Yukon College occurs following these processes.


Admission Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 university credit hours prior to admissions to BSW and obtain a minimum GPA of 70%.

The following courses must be completed as part of the 30 university credit hours:

  • English 100 Level (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher (3 credits)*
  • Social Work 200 (3 credits)
  • general university studies (21 credits)

*A 70% combined average is required for these English courses.

Half the seats will be reserved for qualified Indigenous students.

Other Requirements
  • Completion of a BSW program application.
  • A criminal records check(s). Criteria is provided in the BSW application. Please anticipate a minimum of three weeks for completion. 
  • Three letters of reference; references from relatives are not accepted.

Applicants who meet the above criteria may be selected for a panel interview.

  • Candidates’ interviews are scored and ranked.
  • Following completion of interviews, all applicants will be notified of their results.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to a BSW Orientation and registration session in May, at which time they will apply for admission to the University of Regina. Course advising and registration for the fall will occur once the student has also been accepted to the University of Regina.
Graduation Requirements

Students admitted into the BSW after March 1st , 2014 must meet the following graduation requirements.

General University Studies (60 credits)

A minimum 65% GPA is required in General University Studies for graduation. 

Required General University Studies Courses

  • English 100 level  (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • History 140 History of Yukon First Nations and Self -Government  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • Sociology 100 level  (3 credits)


  • General University Studies, unspecified  (42 credits)

Social Work Studies (60 credits)

A minimum 70% GPA is required in Social Work Studies for graduation.

Required Social Work courses

  • Social Work 200 Introduction to Social Work  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 346 Social Work Practice I  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 347 Social Work Practice II  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 348 Social Work Practicum I  (6 credits)
  • Social Work 352 Cultural Camp (6 credits)
  • Social Work 389 Cultural Competence for Northern Social Work Practice  ( 3 credits)
  • Social Work 390 Communication Skills in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Social Work 414 Child Welfare Practice  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 421 Human Development in a Social Context  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 448 Social Work Practicum II  (15 credits)

One of:

  • Social Work 451 Social Work Research  (3 credits)


  • Social Work 469 Social Policy  (3 credits)
  • Social Work Electives  (9 electives)
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


Please check with the School of Health, Education and Human Services and University of Regina.

Career Opportunities

Social work graduates are employed primarily by the Yukon Government, First Nations governments and non-governmental social service organizations.

Fields of practice include:

  • child welfare
  • family service
  • justice
  • addictions
  • health care
  • mental health
  • public welfare
  • community development

Social workers are often involved in counselling, case management, advocacy, education, social policy and program development.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Social Work
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 346 - Social Work Practice I
SW 347 - Social Work Practice II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 352 - Cultural Camp
SW 389 - Cultural Competence for Northern Social Work Practice
SW 390 - Communication Skills in Social Work
SW 414 - Child Welfare Practice Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 421 - Human Development in a Social Context Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Program Elective: one required
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 451 - Social Work Research
SW 469 - Social Policy
Field Course
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 348 - Social Work Practicum I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 448 - Social Work Practicum II
Social Work Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 411 - Abuse and Violence
SW 412 - Mental Health Services
SW 417 - Substance Abuse: Impacts and Interventions Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 437 - Social Work with Families
SW 479 - Social Work and Disabilities
SW 486AA - Social Work Research Project Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
English Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
Title Campus Scheduled
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Psychology Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development
Sociology Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society
University Studies Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 220 - Ecology
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 230 - Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing II
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives
ENST 201 - Environmental Ethics
ENST 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership I
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership II
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II Online/Video
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I