UBCO Social Work dropping bachelor program in restructuring

November 26, 2012

The UBC's Okanagan senate has decided to discontinue admissions to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program in order to focus on Master of Social Work (MSW) level education. The director of UBCO's School of Social Work says the decision will allow "the school to reduce the number of courses taught while simultaneously developing highly specialized clinical, practice, policy and organizational evaluation courses." He says the school is "moving to an all-MSW program because both British Columbia and Canada have a growing need for highly trained, specialized graduate-level social workers." Students currently enrolled in the BSW program will be able to complete their current studies. In a recent vote, the move was supported by the overwhelming majority of social work faculty members. Clinical excellence will be the focus of the continuing development of the school, which, as of September 2014, will offer only the MSW program. UBCO News