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Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Years I and 2: Admission to the pre-professional program is governed by the general requirements of the University. A minimum of twenty courses (including four Social Work courses, 47-117, 47-118, 47-210 and 47-211, a statistics course, two Science courses, and ten courses from Arts, Languages and Social Sciences) is required prior to admission to Year 3.

In preparation for application to the professional program in Year 3, students are strongly encouraged to engage in volunteer experiences in human services agencies and organizations in the community.

Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities are encouraged to apply.

Years 3 and 4: Admission to the professional program in Year 3 requires that students apply to the Office of the Registrar prior to February 1. Applications are available on the School of Social Work website and from the Office of the Registrar. A minimum average of 8.0 in Social Work courses is required and a cumulative average of 8.0 is encouraged. References must accompany the application. An interview may be required, and early applications are encouraged. Entry is for the next Fall term only, and enrollment is limited. Students who are accepted to Year 3 will be notified by the Office of the Registrar. Selection of candidates for admission will be based on grades and other relevant criteria determined by the Social Work Admissions Committee.

The Year 3 and 4 accredited professional Social Work program is intended for full-time study. A full-time course load in years 3 and 4 is defined as 6 courses per term. Students who are not able to attend on a full-time basis at any point after admission to the program must seek advice from the School of Social Work. Students who have not taken a course in the Social Work program within one calendar year of admission will be required to leave the program so that other applications may be accommodated.

Time for degree completion: Students are expected to complete their degree plan of study on a full-time basis. Those who may require additional time to complete their degree requirements must present their request in writing to the Undergraduate Studies Admission and Retention Committee. Requests from persons with disabilities requiring accommodation are welcomed.

Transfer from other programs: Applicants transferring from other programs will be assessed individually by the Office of the Registrar and are subject to the same admission procedure to Year 3 as outlined above.

Honours Bachelor of Social Work (for University Graduates)

Two-Year Program [Program II]:

University graduates with a three-year degree in Arts or Social Sciences or 30 courses in Arts or Social Sciences, with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 8.0, or an average of at least 8.0 in their last twenty courses taken, including at least one course in statistics or research methods, may be considered for admission to a two-year, four-semester program leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree. Applicants should have volunteer or work experience in human service agencies or community organizations. Applicants must apply to the Office of the Registrar prior to February 1 for September admission.

Honours Bachelor of Social Work in Social Work and Diaspora Studies (Combined Honours) and Honours Bachelor of Social Work and Women's Studies (Combined Honours)

[Program IV]

In this joint honours degree program, students have to meet the entry requirements for both areas. Admission to years 1 and 2 is open to all qualified students. However, admission to the professional program in year 3 requires application prior to February 1st for a September admission. For admission consideration, students will have completed a minimum of 20 courses including required courses from Social Work and Women's Studies and/or Diaspora Studies.

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies


All Social Work programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW) and are organized as sequences which combine studies in the social sciences, the humanities, and other course options along with professional courses in social work. The objective of the programs is to prepare graduates for generalist Social Work practice and for graduate Social Work study.

Field education is an essential requirement of the Social Work program, and successful completion of eight Field Practice courses is required for graduation. This may involve travel and/or weekend hours, and students are responsible for transportation to and from their field placement. All students will be assigned a field placement in a human service organization or community setting.

Theory and Practice of Generalist Social Work courses 47-336, 47-337, 47-436, and 47-437 are taken prior to or concurrent with Field Practice courses.