Social Work

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Practice social work in northern and remote communities.

Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree places special emphasis on the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

COVID related program delivery information

We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, staff back on our 13 campuses with safety precautions in place.

Courses in the Social Work Program will be delivered in-person and in a blended online mode, i.e. a mix of scheduled web-conferenced classes through Zoom and online learning activities via Moodle, YukonU's online learning platform.  Field placements will occur with COVID-19 precautions maintained throughout.

Online courses will require that you have access to your own computer and Internet connection.

More information about the online platforms that will be used for fall instruction can be found at

Students new to online learning are encouraged to take the brief online introductory workshop Distance Learning Success.  Contact the Academic Support Centre for more information:


Program description

Yukon University offers, in partnership with the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The University of Regina grants the degree and the program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The BSW program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to practice social work in northern and remote communities. Particular attention is given to the social needs, values and aspirations of Yukon First Nations.

The program uses practicums and a cultural camp to further enhance the educational experience.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a BSW Information Session prior to applying to the program. Dates for these sessions are listed on the BSW web page.

The application deadline for the Fall 2022 term is March 31st, 2022. There is one intake per year and seats in the program are limited. Half the seats are reserved for qualified Indigenous applicants.

Applying to the program involves applying to Yukon University, completing a comprehensive BSW Application that includes several documents, and if you meet the criteria, an interview.

Please follow the steps chronologically. We encourage you to submit your completed BSW Application in advance of the deadline.

Step 1:  Apply online to Yukon University

  • Specify "BSW" as the program
  • Submit your official transcripts
  • Pay your registration fee

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Step 2:  Once you've completed Yukon U Application, please complete the BSW Application Package. Which includes the following documents:

 BSW Application Package

  • Checklist of academic prerequisites
  • A written personal statement; follow the guidelines provided
  • A list of three references. Reference forms and instructions are provided. References are to be sent directly to Admissions by referees.
  • A current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
  • A current resume that includes work and volunteer experience
  • Forward your completed application by email or mail to Yukon University - Admissions Office

Step 3:  Submit the BSW Application by March 31st, 2022

Please scan documents and email to:

Step 4:  Application review

Completed BSW Admission packages are typically reviewed within four weeks by Admissions. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will be informed by Admissions.

The following steps apply for applicants who meet the admission criteria:

Step 5:  BSW interview

Applicants who meet the admission criteria will be interviewed by program faculty and community-based social workers in April and early May. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory interview score to be accepted to the program. Seats are limited and half of the seats are reserved for Indigenous applicants who meet the admission criteria.

Step 6:  Decision about Yukon University admission

Applicants who were interviewed will be informed in writing by Yukon University Admissions about the outcome of their application.

Step 7:  Successful applicants

There is a mandatory orientation session. Registration with the University of Regina, transfer credit and registration in Yukon University social work courses will be discussed at this time.  


Admission requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 university credit hours prior to admissions to BSW and obtain a minimum GPA of 70%.

The following courses must be completed as part of the 30 university credit hours:

  • English 100 Level (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher (3 credits)*
  • Social Work 200 (3 credits)
  • general university studies (21 credits)

*A 70% combined average is required for these English courses.

Half the seats will be reserved for qualified Indigenous students.

Information sessions

The Bachelor of Social Work Program offers a monthly opportunity to join an 'Online Information Session' about the program. The meeting is held  via Zoom on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 15th @ noon

Wednesday, October 13th @ noon

Wednesday November 17th @ noon

Wednesday December 8th @ noon

Visit  YukonU program page

For more information and to access Zoom meeting link please contact Social Work Instructor- Dana Jennejohn email: or phone 668 8746

Application deadline: March 30, 2022



Other requirements
  • Completion of a BSW program application.
  • A criminal records check(s). Criteria is provided in the BSW application. Please anticipate a minimum of three weeks for completion. 
  • Three letters of reference; references from relatives are not accepted.

Applicants who meet the above criteria may be selected for a panel interview.

  • Candidates’ interviews are scored and ranked.
  • Following completion of interviews, all applicants will be notified of their results.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to a BSW orientation and registration session in May, at which time they will apply for admission to the University of Regina. Course advising and registration for the fall will occur once the student has also been accepted to the University of Regina.
Graduation requirements

Students admitted into the BSW after March 1st , 2014 must meet the following graduation requirements.

General University Studies (60 credits)
A minimum 65% GPA is required in General University Studies for graduation. 

Required General University Studies Courses:

  • English 100 level  (3 credits)
  • English 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • History 140 History of Yukon First Nations and Self -Government  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level  (3 credits)
  • Psychology 100 level, or higher  (3 credits)
  • Sociology 100 level  (3 credits)


  • General University Studies, unspecified  (42 credits)

Social Work Studies (60 credits)
A minimum 70% GPA is required in Social Work Studies for graduation.

Required Social Work courses:

  • Social Work 200 Introduction to Social Work  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 346 Social Work Practice I  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 347 Social Work Practice II  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 348 Social Work Practicum I  (6 credits)
  • Social Work 352 Cultural Camp (6 credits)
  • Social Work 389 Cultural Competence for Northern Social Work Practice  ( 3 credits)
  • Social Work 390 Communication Skills in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • Social Work 414 Child Welfare Practice  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 421 Human Development in a Social Context  (3 credits)
  • Social Work 448 Social Work Practicum II  (15 credits)

One of:

  • Social Work 451 Social Work Research  (3 credits)


  • Social Work 469 Social Policy  (3 credits)
  • Social Work Electives  (9 electives)
Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency


Please check with the School of Health, Education and Human Services and University of Regina.

Career opportunities

Social work graduates are employed primarily by the Yukon Government, First Nations governments and non-governmental social service organizations.

Fields of practice include:

  • family service
  • justice
  • child welfare
  • addictions
  • health care
  • mental health
  • public welfare
  • community development

Social workers are often involved in counselling, case management, advocacy, education, social policy and program development.

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Program Elective: one required
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 451 - Social Work Research Online/Video
SW 469 - Social Policy
Field Course
Title Campus Scheduled
SW 348 - Social Work Practicum 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 448 - Social Work Practicum 2
Title Campus Scheduled
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Online/Video
Sociology Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society Online/Video
University Studies Open Electives
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology Online/Video
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Online/Video
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages II
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology 2
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 220 - Ecology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology Online/Video
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance
CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System
CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions Online/Video
CRIM 210 - Law, Youth and Young Offenders
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice
CRIM 230 - Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law
CRIM 251 - Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing 2
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives Online/Video
ENST 201 - Environmental Ethics
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography 2
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus 2
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Online/Video
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Online/Video
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership I
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership 2
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics 2
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies 1 Online/Video
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies 2
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities 1 Online/Video