Application FAQ's

Application & Admission

Yes. Your degree must be conferred/awarded by the start of the program. We cannot accept a letter of completion as a replacement for degree award.

If successful, your admission will be on the condition that you successfully complete your bachelor's degree.

Fall and winter courses before the spring term you're applying for are excluded from your GPA calculation due to the admission timeline.  You must successfully complete these courses and maintain a competitive GPA.

Yes, you can still apply to the MSW program. In the Program Specific Questions section of the online application, you must provide a rationale for your low GPA.

You may complete “make up” work, a minimum of 18 units at the senior undergraduate or graduate level, to improve your academic record to acceptable admission standards (a grade of “B” or higher in every course).

We suggest you take courses in areas that will help ground your social work practice (e.g., psychology, sociology, philosophy, women’s studies, communication, or public health).

Successful completion of “make up” work does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.

You can also consider applying to the BSW program.

Contact our student advisors to discuss upgrading options.  

No. You can only choose one specialization and one location. If there are multiple topics within the specialization, indicate your top two choices in the online application.

We recognize degrees from accredited schools across Canada and internationally.

If you completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work or equivalent in another country, have your degree assessed by CASW for equivalency, prior to applying to the MSW program.

Our goal is to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by the end of February. Admission results are sent by email. 

We do not have a fall entry. All of our MSW programs begin in May (spring term).

References

Yes. Follow this link for more details.

Your referee may have “saved” the reference instead of “submitting” it. Your referee must go back and submit the online form before the deadline.

Once the reference has been submitted, both you and your referee will receive an email confirming receipt. Your 'To Do List' will automatically update too.

Yes. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required supporting documents are received by the deadlines, including references.

Follow up with your referee if you notice that they have not submitted their reference. Missing documents will result in an incomplete application.

Yes, if your supervisor can comment on your practice skills and explicitly address your academic abilities (e.g., theory/practice understandings, writing proficiency, critical thinking, creativity).

Official Transcripts

We accept any transcripts post-marked on or before the deadline; otherwise your transcripts will be flagged as a late submission and may impact your application. 

We highly recommend that you upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts, which will be used until your official transcripts arrive.

Transcripts are received by the Shipping and Receiving department before they are distributed to faculties. If they are not mailed directly to our office, you can expect delays.

Transcripts are updated manually. Due to the volume of transcripts received near the deadline, each applicant’s 'To Do List' may take up to 2 weeks to update.

There is no need to send your degree certificate to us, as long as your transcript shows the degree completion and conferral date.

If you have a former surname you must provide this information in the online application.

If you provided this information and your transcript shows as outstanding on your ‘To Do List’, contact Student Services. Remember to include your UCID.

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for a list of international admission requirements by country. We do not assess transcripts until you apply and submit the application fee.

English Language Proficiency Test Scores

In certain circumstances, such as when you have a baccalaureate 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).

All other applicants will need to submit an English Language Proficiency test score or a request to waive this requirement.

Resume

No. There is no page limit for your resume. Include all relevant work and volunteer experience.

If you have been working in the field for a number of years full-time, you can indicate the time in number of years. If your experience is limited, you should indicate the time in hours. 

If it is not clear how your work experience relates to the human services field, you can make a case for special consideration of particular life, volunteer or work experience. It is up to you to articulate the connection to social work explicitly in the application. This can be done in the resume and/or program proposal.

No. Experiences associated with academic credit, including practica, are not counted as direct sector-related experience for the purposes of admission.

It is very important that these experiences are recorded on your resume, as they can be valued by reviewers.

Yes. If you fall short of two full years of work and/or volunteer experience, you can still apply to the program.

Admission is competitive; the faculty considers each applicant's academic potential, experience in volunteer work and/or employment, and readiness for graduate education.

Program Proposal

References should support your ideas but not dominate – we are primarily interested in you. When used, they must comply with academic writing standards.

Although we prefer APA, alternative well-known reference formats are acceptable.

Plagiarism is a very serious offence. It is your responsibility to understand proper academic referencing and citation.

Yes. APA or another well-known academic format is required in your program proposal. The ability to write academic papers is essential for graduate school and we are assessing your potential for  success.

No. The Faculty of Social Work is unable to provide such assistance. 

Departmental Information Form

This checklist item refers to the WCB form that is required for certain programs to acknowledge you are aware of the regulations in the province where you plan to complete your practicum. This document is mandatory and must be signed by a witness.

On the page linked above, scroll down to the heading WCB for Distance Education Students (you will need to expand the boxes).