MSW Application Process

Dates and Deadlines

Deadlines are firm. You are unable to upload or edit application materials after the deadline.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We acknowledge the inequities experienced by visible minorities (racialized persons); Indigenous people; persons with disabilities, which may encompass physical, mobility, perceptual, illness related, mental health, developmental, or environmental disabilities; people who self-identify as two spirit, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered or queer; as well as people who have experienced other barriers to their education (e.g. socioeconomic, caregiving, religious, cultural). 

Getting started

Gather References

We will invite your referees to complete an online reference form after you submit your application.

Make sure you enter their email address correctly or your referee will not receive the invite.

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Begin Your Application

  • Create an eID to log in. If you already have an eID, you can begin your online application
  • Once you begin, remember to click 'Save & Continue' often to ensure your application is saved.

 

Submit your application

Pay your application fee:

  • $125 for Canadian or Permanent residents
  • $145 for International Students

 

Your application has to contain information for two referees:

  • one from a person who can speak to your academic performance and ability (e.g., graduate program supervisor, professor, practicum instructor), and
  • one needs to be a professional/work reference (must have directly supervised you).

We do not accept letters from friends, family members, colleagues, people who are currently registered in a graduate degree program, or general letters that are not written in support of your application.

  1. Selecting a Referee

    Choose a referee who can describe your strengths and weaknesses in these general areas:

    • academic background and training;
    • research ability and record;
    • communication and language ability; and
    • reliability and personal aptitude; and
    • provide their overall recommendation.

    Currently registered in a graduate degree program or recently graduated? Your program supervisor must submit a reference.

    Thesis applicants: Ask your referees to read and comment on your thesis proposal in their submission, along with their assessment of your capacity for graduate level research.

     

  2. Cannot submit an academic reference?

    If you have been out of school for a long time (5+ years) or you are an international student and cannot contact previous instructors, you can submit two professional references. Make sure to provide an explanation in the Program Specific Questions.

  3. Message for your referees:

    Thank you for agreeing to provide a reference for a prospective MSW student. It is helpful for our selection process if you explicitly address those practice skills and abilities possessed by the applicant as well as their potential for being successful in advanced graduate study and conducting social work research (e.g., writing proficiency, critical thinking, creativity, strong work ethic, etc.). These additional instructions are here to help you give the most comprehensive, accurate, and useful picture of the applicant.

Did you know? You can only apply to one MSW location and specialization each year.

Required Documents


Program Specific Supporting Documents

After you submit your online application, you will receive an email with your UCID and instructions on how to access your UCalgary Student Centre, where you will find a 'To Do List' for providing program-specific supporting documents.

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English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test Scores

You need to submit ELP test scores if your primary language is not English. 

We follow the Faculty of Graduate Studies policy for English Language Proficiency.

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Transcripts

You need to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you've attended (except for the University of Calgary). If those institutions don't indicate the awarded degree on their transcripts, you will need degree certificates as well.

Official transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope directly from your previous post-secondary institution(s). If you have official transcripts in your possession, they need to remain in the original sealed envelope.

You can also upload unofficial documents to your online application.

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Document translation

If your original documents are not in English, you must request a second set of documents to be given to a translator for a notarized word-for-word English translation. Submit the translated copy in addition to your official documents.

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In certain circumstances, such as when you have a baccalaurate degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution that teaches in English, the graduate program may waive the English Language Proficiency requirement. Eligible institutions must be listed as providing English language instruction in the World Higher Education Database (WHED).

To waive the English Language Proficiency requirement, you need to submit your request in writing (Word or PDF) before the deadline. In your statement provide the reasons why you should be exempt from taking an ELP test. Make the subject line "ELP Waiver Request" and include your name and UCID.

  1. Student Services Calgary

    fswgrad@ucalgary.ca

    Applying to:

    • MSW Clinical Social Work Practice - Calgary location
    • MSW International and Community Development
    • MSW Leadership in the Human Services
  2. Student Services Edmonton

    fswcnar@ucalgary.ca

    Applying to:

    • MSW Clinical Social Work Practice - Edmonton location

You will upload your required documents after you submit your application.

Program Specific Documents


How to upload your supporting documents >>

 

Resume

Your resume is an important part of your application. Make sure you fully capture your work and/or volunteer experience.

Program Proposal

Your program proposal is a vital part of your application. Make sure you allow enough time to prepare a well written proposal.

Thesis Proposal

If you are applying for the thesis route, in addition to the program proposal, you have to upload a preliminary research proposal.

Use three sections to describe your previous experience:

  1. employment experience in or related to social services,
  2. volunteer experience related to social services,
  3. employment and volunteer experience not related to social services. 

Indicate the number of hours for all social service work and include a total number of hours.

Don’t forget to detail your educational history, awards, distinctions, publications, and presentations. 

What is relevant social work and human service experience?

In your program proposal, please answer the following questions: 

  1. Introduce yourself and outline your social location. Discuss how your experiences (can be based on your lived or professional experiences or both) shape your interests in applying for your chosen specialization.  
  2. Specify your area of interest and discuss applicable theoretical frameworks and/or practice approaches. Provide your rationale for choosing these frameworks/approaches.
  3. Provide a position statement on issues of marginalization and oppression (can be based on your lived or professional experiences or both). Discuss approaches that may facilitate responses and address oppression, exclusion and marginalization.  

The proposal is approximately 5 pages, double-spaced (not including title page and references), and must be written in an academic format (APA or other), properly referenced, and ideas must be grounded in relevant bodies of scholarship. 

The MSW Admissions Committee will follow principles of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the evaluation of your proposal.

In your thesis proposal:

  • Describe the research problem you hope to investigate, and 
  • Outline the research methodology or methodologies you are considering (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, participatory action research, grounded theory, arts-based, etc.).

It needs to be written in an academic format (APA or other) and cannot exceed 5 double-spaced pages (not including title page or references).

Mailing address

Faculty of Social Work - Graduate Admissions
MacKimmie Tower, Room 301
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
Canada

Faculty of Social Work - Graduate Admissions
University of Calgary
3-250, 10230 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5J 4P6
Canada