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Assessment for Admittance to the BSW

Applicants who meet the academic requirements will have their admission application evaluated by a social work review panel.  Reviewers will assess the applicants' commitment to, and experience in, human service.  Reviewers will also asses writing skills, critical thought, self-awareness, ethics and values.  This assessment will be based on the applicants':

  • work experience;
  • volunteer/community experience;
  • educational experience;
  • overall academic history;
  • personal statement;
  • overall student portfolio.

Applicants who have met the academic requirements and, through the assessment process above, have demonstrated adequate commitment to and experience in human service will be ranked by PGPA. 

The Faculty of Social Work supports the principles of equity and promotes social and cultural diversity. Applicants who identify themselves as experiencing cultural and/or social barriers will be given additional consideration in the ranking process.

Note: Volunteer/Community Experience for the 2021 and 2022 Intakes: 

Examples may include, but are not limited to, participation in organized volunteer activities or serving on committees/boards. They may also include mentorship, fundraising, community organizing, work with elders and knowledge-keepers, artistic contributions (e.g. community development art projects, socially conscious theatre, dance, or crafts that engage individuals, groups and/or communities), or offering informal support to a family member or neighbour. 

Due to COVID-19 and its impact on student access to volunteer opportunities, for the 2021 and 2022 BSW application intakes only, students may also include professional development, such as seminars, conferences and workshops.