BSW Admission Overview

Application to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program is a three-step process:

1. Application for Admission to Pre-Social Work

Students wishing to pursue the BSW must be admitted to the University of Regina (U of R). In applying for admission, we recommend that students choose the Pre-Social Work program of study, offered by the Faculty of Social Work.

Please refer to the U of R Future Students website for admission information before you apply.

Important Admission Dates:
Varying Pre-SW admission is possible each semester; deadlines vary, please visit the Future Students website.





For U of R Saskatoon Campus location only:

Students located in Saskatoon have two options for completing the U of R BSW program: 

A) The U of R approach - in this approach, students apply to the U of R only, and complete both the General University Studies and Social Work Studies sections of the BSW through the U of R.

B) The Blended approach - in this approach, students apply to both the U of R (Pre-SW) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S, typically in Arts & Science).  In the Blended approach, students complete some or all the General University Studies section of the BSW through the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), and the Social Work Studies section is completed through the U of R.

For details on either of these approaches, please visit our Saskatoon Campus pages.

2. Completion of the Pre-Social Work Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the BSW Program, students must first complete the Pre-Social Work requirements. Students who have already completed all of the Pre-Social Work course requirements through another faculty at the University of Regina, or through another institution, may apply directly for admission to the BSW Program. If uncertain, we recommend that students consult with an Academic Advisor through the Faculty of Social Work to verify that the Pre-Social Work requirements have been met.

Applicants to the BSW Program will be assessed not only on completion of the Pre-Social Work academic requirements, but also on their work and volunteer experience, and their personal statement (approximately 4 pages in length). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students get involved in human service while in the Pre-Social Work program. Experience gained prior to admission to the Pre-Social Work program will also be taken into consideration during BSW Admissions, so we encourage prospective applicants to start getting involved as early as possible!

3. Application for Admission to the BSW Program

After completing the Pre-Social Work Program requirements, students may apply online for admittance to the BSW Program.

  • There is one annual intake for BSW Program admittance, please see dates and deadlines for details.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
  • Applicants must submit up-to-date, official transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions attended; please see our academic requirements for details.
  • Applicants are assessed on information provided in the online Application for Admission to the BSW Program.
  • Applications will only be considered if students have satisfied the requirements of the Pre-Social Work Program.
  • For new students to the University of Regina, the BSW Program Application will also serve as an application for admission to the University.
  • Applicants who do not meet University of Regina admission requirements or BSW Program admission requirements will not be considered for admission to the BSW Program.
  • All applicants are informed in writing of the Faculty of Social Work's decision.
  • Students are not limited in the number of times they may apply for admission to the BSW Program.

Full-time and Part-time Studies:

Admitted applicants may choose to take the program either on a full-time basis or on a part-time basis, in accordance with the location-specific information below, unless the admission letter states otherwise.

  • Regina & Saskatoon campuses: Full-time or Part-time studies available
  • Off-Campus (outside of Regina & Saskatoon): Part time only; we do not guarantee full time studies, but there may be terms in which full time course loads are available off-campus.  Off-campus students have the option of commuting to our campuses to take courses as needed.

Distance Delivery of the BSW:

Although we offer several online and live-streamed courses, the full BSW program is not delivered as an online program. Specifically, SW 390 Communication Skills (a third-year, mandatory course) is made available for distance students as an intensive, on-campus course throughout the Spring or Summer terms.  In addition, SW 348 Practicum I (a fourth-year, mandatory, 15-week practicum) must be completed in Saskatchewan.

Information Access:

A copy of the application and all copies of the evaluation forms will be retained on file. All other information will be destroyed at the conclusion of the admissions period. Please note that application information may be used for research purposes but only in a non-identifying format.

Admission Rate:

On a yearly basis, the Faculty of Social Work receives more applications for admission to the BSW Program than there are spaces available. The precise number admitted will depend on the number of qualified applications and the resources available to the Faculty.

Important Admission Dates:
Oct. 1st
BSW Application Opens
Jan. 15th BSW Application & Transcript Deadline