Education Programs


If you are considering a career in social work it is important to ensure that you attend an approved/accredited social work program. A list of programs approved for registration in Alberta can be found below.

There are four levels of education that provide preparation for a career in social work:

  • Diploma - Diploma of Social Work
  • Undergraduate Degree - Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Graduate Degrees - Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

The level of education required for a career in social work varies with the type of work and work setting. Those interested in embarking on a career in social work should consider volunteering with a social work related organization, as volunteer experience is required for entry into most programs.

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