Bachelor’s Degree Program

Social Work

The social work degree program at the University of Regina gives you a quality generalist social work education that prepares you for a variety of human service career options. The U of R delivers the only Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) accredited Bachelor of Social Work program in Saskatchewan.

If you want to identify the needs of and support individuals, families and communities to realize their full potential — in Canada and internationally – then the University of Regina's Bachelor of Social Work degree matches your goals.

Small class sizes for in-person, upper-level social work classes mean that you gain practical experience through close instruction and mentoring by our faculty members. We emphasize diversity and inclusion within our mission and core values.

U of R's social work program teaches you to:

  • Analyze social programs and policy
  • Develop and administer human service programs
  • Empower individuals, families and community groups
  • Advocate health and wellness
  • Conduct research and program evaluation
  • Confront complex issues and use social work strategies to solve problems

You attain these skills through practical social work experience. In University of Regina's Bachelor of Social Work degree program, you complete 700 hours of hands-on experience through two terms of supervised, practical social work skill development — typically completed in your final year of study.

Our program is accessible in more than one location, helping to address the needs of students in Saskatchewan’s rural and remote communities and increase access to education.

You can study social work at the University of Regina's main campus, the Saskatoon campus, and at various regional colleges in Saskatchewan.

Students who apply to the University of Regina's social work bachelor’s degree must first complete a 30-credit-hour, one-year pre-social work program.

What is a Social Worker?

Social workers address a variety of issues. They create programs rooted in social justice and social advocacy to address oppression and racism using Indigenous and decolonizing frameworks, diverse perspectives on gender and sexualities and sustainability. Social work bachelor graduates find careers in mental health, child welfare, health care, criminal justice and education.

Social Work Meet Your Faculty

Quick Facts

Program: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Length: 1 year pre-social work + 3 years
Accreditation: Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE)
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Social Work at the University of Regina?

Studying social work at the University of Regina means earning your degree at an institution that values environmental sustainability, equity, diversity and inclusion. It's the perfect place to earn your social work degree because our faculty members bring rich backgrounds in theoretical social work perspectives, practice experience and research. The U of R social work program focuses on the Saskatchewan region and population.

When you complete your social work degree, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) and use the title Social Worker.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between pre-social work and the Bachelor of Social Work program?
Pre-social work is a 30-credit-hour, one-year program designed to prepare future social work students to apply for the Bachelor of Social Work program. The 30 credit hours count toward your total of 120 credit hours required for graduation with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Can I transfer into the social work program?
You can transfer into the pre-social work program, but not directly into the Bachelor of Social Work program. To earn the social work degree, you must go through the social work-specific admission process.
What campus events and social work networking opportunities does U of R offer?
  • University of Regina Students’ Union
  • Social Work Student Societies (Regina/Saskatoon campuses)

Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Concepts and Goals

When you graduate from U of R's social work degree program, you'll learn to adhere to professional social work values and ethics, engage in research and participate in policy development — all with an emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion. You'll bring relevant social work skills to the Saskatchewan community and beyond.


In small classes, learn from social work professors with rich backgrounds in anti-oppressive, anti-racist and strengths-based perspectives and content.


Through two practica totaling 700 hours of experience, you gain direct social work skills needed to make a difference in the lives of the individuals and communities you serve.


Get a rewarding social work career, enhance the lives of individuals, families, communities, and contribute to the betterment of society.

What Can You Do With a Social Work Degree?

A social work degree opens up a wide variety of career paths.

  • Affordable Housing & Homelessness Advocate
  • Indigenous Housing Advocate
  • Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Adoption Services Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Community Care Coordinator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Service Agency Worker
  • Correctional Social Worker
  • Crisis Hotline Coordinator
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Developmental Care Worker
  • Director of Youth Development
  • Intimate Partner Violence Survivor’s Advocate
  • Family Social Worker
  • Family Preservation Case Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Foster Care Worker
  • Group Home Worker
  • Human Rights Activist
  • LGBTQ2S+ Services Coordinator
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Military Officer
  • Newcomer Resettlement Worker
  • Older Adult Care Worker
  • Probation & Parole Officer
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Relief Shelter Worker
  • Sexual Violence Counsellor
  • Sexual Violence Educator
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Street Outreach Worker
  • Transition House Worker
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Women’s Shelter Staff
  • Youth Advocate
  • Youth Counsellor
  • Youth Care Worker
  • Many more

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