School of Social Work
Location: Mona Campbell Building
1459 LeMarchant Street
Suite 3201
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3760
Fax: (902) 494-6709


The School of Social Work's vision is a commitment to building a socially just society, defined as one that upholds and validates the values of equality, diversity, inclusiveness, democracy and concern for human welfare. We manifest and advance curricula, scholarship and school culture that are congruent with those values.

The BSW degree program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. It embraces a critical and anti-oppressive approach to social work practice that includes an emphasis on social policy, research skills and critical analysis, professional values, theoretical perspectives and practice methods. While the program has evolved within the context of the people, communities and service network of the Maritime Provinces, graduates are qualified to practice social work throughout Canada and beyond.

BSW Delivery Options

The BSW is a 20 credit degree program and is offered on campus and by distance delivery online. Both delivery methods include field placement experience. The application deadline is February 15th of each year.

Relationship to the MSW Program

The School of Social work offers a Master of Social Work degree for advanced specialized study in social work practice. The academic prerequisite for the MSW degree is a BSW. Dalhousie has historically offered a two-year option for applicants who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in Social Work, but hold a master's degree in a closely related discipline and otherwise meet the above prerequisites. However, the structure of this two-year option is currently under review, and admission is suspended for the 2016-17 academic year. The program will continue to be delivered to any current students until all students have graduated, or the time allowed for program completion has lapsed, or all the students have left the program.

Continuing Education

The School offers a Continuing Education Program (non-credit) of thematic workshops.

Nova Scotia College of Social Workers

Provincial legislation requires that only persons who are licensed with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers (NSCSW) can practice as social workers within Nova Scotia. To become fully licensed and use the title of Social Worker after award of the BSW degree, at least 3,858 hours of paid supervised social work experience is necessary.