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Social work


2 years

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Program highlights


Gain practical experience — participate in a foundational hands-on practicum experience working with diverse populations, including individuals and families living in low-income households, high-risk families, recent immigrants and more.

Get registeredapply to become a registered social worker after graduation.

Further your education — be prepared to pursue a Bachelor degree after graduation.


Gain foundational knowledge in the history and ethics of social work, and practise critical thinking to understand the causes and impacts of social issues. Blend theory and application as you learn to work with individuals, families and communities to assess, intervene and provide support.

The Social Work Diploma is designed to meet the standards for excellence in social work practice and graduates are eligible for registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW).

Practicum is a valuable experiential opportunity to put your academic learning into practice. Required for the Social Work Diploma, spend 700 hours throughout the program in related field experience, while under supervision that will help connect theory to real-world application and prepare you for employment upon graduation.

Career possibilities

  • Registered social worker
  • Family support worker
  • Addictions and mental health worker
  • Frontline social worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Community advocate
  • Child advocate

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Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by an admissions and recruitment specialist.

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2021 Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award

Social Work alumnus Roy Bear Chief recognized for resiliency, pursuit of education and helping others.

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Faculty of Healthy, Community and Education

Mount Royal offers six bachelor's degrees and one diploma in the Faculty of Health, Community and Education: the Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Child Studies, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing and Social Work diploma.

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