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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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)
Social Work 451 Social Work Research (3 credits)
- Social Work 469 Social Policy (3 credits)
- Social Work Electives (9 electives)
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.
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
- health care
- mental health
- public welfare
- community development
Social workers are often involved in counselling, case management, advocacy, education, social policy and program development.
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.
There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.