Admission Requirements and Deadlines
**Application cycle for September 2015 entry will open mid-October 2014
BSW DEGREE REQUIRED:
- MSW Advanced standing (full time): December 1, 2014 - Program start date September 2015
- MSW Advanced standing (part time): January 15, 2016* - Program start date September 2016
- MSW Aboriginal field of study (full time): May 1, 2015
- MSW Aboringial field of study (part-time): May 1, 2015
BACHELOR DEGREE REQUIRED:
- MSW two-year (full-time): January 15, 2015 - Program start date September 2015
- MSW-MDiv (full time): January 15, 2015 - Program start date September 2015
- MSW four-year (part time): May 1, 2015 - Program start date January 2016
Each year the Faculty of Social Work receives many more qualified applications than spaces available in the program. Having the minimum admission requirements does not itself guarantee admission to our program. The Faculty reserves the right to select the most qualified applicants. All decisions are final.
Applicants can apply to more than one MSW program by the program deadline date. An application fee will be required for each program application; however, only one set of transcripts and references will be required. Students are not permitted to transfer from one program to another. In order to be considered for admission to a program you must apply to that program. No late applicantions will be accepted for any MSW program.
1. Degree Requirements
Normally, a four year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent from a university or college of recognized standing. Applicants with a three year degree and significant relevant work experience (equivalent to three years paid and/or volunteer work in human service organizations) will be considered. To be eligible for the advanced standing program, applicants must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited program in a university of recognized standing.
2. Course Requirements
Academic background must include at least four full (or eight half) social science courses and a half-credit course in research methodology.
3. GPA Requirement
For applicants who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, at least a B (73%) standing in the final academic year is required (equivalent of 10 half-year courses). For students completing their final year of undergraduate study, eligibility is determined on the basis of the last completed academic year.
Additional courses required for admission to the MSW Program that are completed after the requirements for the bachelor’s degree have been met will be calculated into the final year GPA. To be considered for admission, the re-calculated GPA must be at least a B average.
Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements and standards for admission may inquire about establishing academic eligibility. If applicants do not have a B standing in the final academic year, additional undergraduate coursework may be completed to raise the final year GPA to the minimum B requirement. Additional coursework must be completed in social sciences beyond the introductory level. Please contact the admissions co-ordinator for further details.
4. Experience Profile
Evidence of paid and/or voluntary experience in human service organizations, awareness of contemporary social issues and social work values, demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, and motivation for a career as a professional social worker is assessed on the basis of application material.
5. English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose language of instruction during the undergraduate degree was other than English are required to submit official English language test results obtained within the last two years from either IELTS or TOEFL. Photocopies will not be accepted. International students and applicants with International Credentials Note: There are a limited number of spaces available to international applicants.
6. Applicants With International Degrees and Transcripts
Applicants whose transcripts are issued in a language other than English must submit to Laurier an original official translation PLUS the official transcript and degree certificate, where applicable, in the language in which it was issued.
7. Residency Requirements
Non-Canadian citizens are required to submit a photocopy of their permanent residency status with their application.