FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Admissions
After reviewing the information posted on the FSW Admissions website and in the Admissions Viewbook, if you require further assistance, please send an email to the confidential FSW Admissions email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Standing full-time Program:
- December 1, 2015: Final date to submit OUAC online application
- December 15, 2015: Final date to submit supporting documentation and references through Laurier's Online Viewing System
MSW 2 Year full-time / MSW Advanced Standing part-time Programs:
January 15, 2016: Final date to submit OUAC online application
- January 31, 2016: Final date to submit supporting documentation and references through Laurier's Online Viewing System
Aboriginal Field of Study full / part-time Programs:
- April 1, 2016: Final date to submit OUAC online application
- April 15, 2016: Final date to submit supporting documentation and references through Laurier's Online Viewing System
***Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit both aspects of the online application process on or before the first program deadline date.
Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive each year, we do not accept late applications.
**NEW** Applications to the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office using an online application system. The online application system will allow applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information, as well as submit additional documents (MSW Statement of Intent, Summary of Human Service Organizations, resume, etc.).
STEP 1: THE OUAC ONLINE APPLICATION. Submit your biographical and educational information online through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) by the applicable MSW program deadline date. A $125.00 application fee is required when the online application is completed.
STEP 2: SENDING IN SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS ONLINE. Supporting documentation in the MSW checklist are to be submitted online. For additional information on how to submit documentation please visit the Graduate Studies website.
The supplementary documents are found in "Step 2" of the application process: MSW Application Checklist
**The online application will be due on the deadline date no matter when it occurs.*
Beginning October 2015, we no longer accept any aspect of our application in a hard copy format. Applying to our MSW Program is an online application.
Once the OUAC online application and payment has been submitted applicants will be able to manage their online application including the submission of references through Laurier's Online Viewing System. Please do not contact the Faculty of Social Work to check on the status of your application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to manage the submission of the documents found in the MSW Application Checklist through the online system.
Due to the online application and online reference submission, you must complete the application process in its entirety, including references and transcripts. The application fee is also required.
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 applications will be accepted for any MSW program.
We require three references: one (1) academic reference and two (2) professional references. A professional reference is someone who can speak to your work and/or volunteer experience in human services. If you have not attended university in the last five (5) years, we do not require an academic reference; however, you will need to include a third professional reference
An additional academic reference can be submitted as one of the professional references (eg. two (2) academic, one (1) professional). Although not required, a practicum/placement supervisor is considered an excellent professional reference.
Occasionally, referee's are no longer at the
institution/company/organization for which they are providing your
reference or they have retired. The referee will still be considered a
Do not include personal references from family, friends or anyone associated with you in a client/patient based relationship.
The online application system facilitates the online submission of reference forms. Detailed instructions are provided within the system.
Referee's need to respond to the questions provided in the Reference Form template sent to them directly by the online application system once you have confirmed your application by proceeding to payment. Where is the Reference Form located?
Occasionally, referee's are no longer at the institution/company/organization for which they are providing your reference or they have retired. The referee will still be considered a suitable reference. We ask that they provide a brief explanation when completing the online reference form.
You must upload a digital copy of transcripts for every postsecondary educational institution (university and/or college) you have attended, including those at which a degree or diploma was not completed. Transcripts must show all coursework completed and grades earned. We require only ONE (1) copy of your transcript from each institution attended to be uploaded to the system.
For further information on the accepted format to be uploaded, please use the following link:
Eligibility is determined on the basis of your last completed academic year (equivalent to 10 half-year courses) at the time of application. A minimum B (73%) standing in the final academic year is required, however a competitive applicant will have a strong B+ (79%) or higher final year GPA. These calculations are not restricted to course work in your major. For more information click here .
Social sciences would include, but not limited to; anthropology, child/youth/family studies, criminology, economics, environmental studies, global studies, history, political science, psychology, social justice and peace, sociology, social work, thanatology, women’s studies, etc. We will also accept your university’s definition of a social science. There are many new programs and courses that would fall under the category of social science even though it may not be listed.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies will defer offers of admission in exceptional circumstances only. Deferral of an Offer of Admission
All applicants who receive an offer of admission who are full-time graduate students will automatically be evaluated for eligibility for an Entrance Scholarship. The Faculty of Social Work has limited funding available through Entrance Scholarships and they are awarded to selected candidates with an offer of admission.
Laurier's Accessible Learning Centre is committed to assisting students with disabilities in reaching their full academic potential. Visit Accessible Learning Centre for information regarding its services and resources.
In 2014, we had approximately 160 applications for 28 full-time positions. Most successful applicants had a solid A- average in the last completed academic year, as well as the equivalent of over three years experience in human service organizations. All applicants will be notified of decision by the end of February. There are approximately 30 offers of wait list positions. The wait list is not ranked initially, and although there is normally some movement from the wait list, we cannot predict your chances of an offer.
In 2014, we had approximately 600 applicants for 90 full-time positions. Most successful applicants had a solid A- average in their last completed academic year, as well as the equivalent of over 3500 hours paid and/or volunteer experience in human service organizations (one year = 1750 hrs). All applicants will be notified of a decision on or before April 30th. There are approximately 40 offers of wait list positions. The wait list is not ranked initially, and although there is normally some movement from the wait list, we cannot predict your chances of an offer.
The joint Seminary and FSW program at Laurier: the MDiv-MSW degree is offered for those seeking ordination but can also be taken by those who are not seeking ordination. Please contact the Seminary for further details in regards to the MDiv program requirements.
Students in the joint program take courses from both departments (the Seminary on WLU main campus and the FSW building downtown Kitchener) each term, including through Spring terms, until the degrees are completed. Therefore the degrees are completed concurrently. Our joint program students relay that they enjoy the variety of taking courses from different departments, but note that it requires exceptional organizing skills, and the ability to handle a very heavy load, as the joint program is completed full-time only. (The degrees can each be completed part-time if done individually). It's an exciting program for those with aptitudes in both social work and theology, and want to create either a career that will combine both interests, or a career in one field only, with the other field studied for personal interest only.
The FSW receives approx 60 applications for 25 positions in the part-time program. The program is very structured in design. If you are unable to participate in an employment-based practicum do not secure your own placement. Once in the program, you will work with the practicum office to make these arrangements. All applicants to part-time studies will be notified of a final decision no later than June 30th. There will be a number of wait list positions offered; however, we cannot predict your chances of an offer from the wait list.
A class of 20 students will be admitted to the MSW Aboriginal field of study for both the full-time and part-time cohorts. Admission requirements to this program include an admissions interview. All applicants to the Aboriginal program will be notified of a final decision no later than July 1st. A number of wait list positions will be offered; however, we cannot predict the possibility of an offer from the wait list.
When calculating GPA, we use the last ten half credits on your transcript at the time of application. Your degree does not have to be complete when applying. You must have a minimum B average at the time of application in order to be eligible.
You can also apply if you are missing some social science courses or your research method. If you were to receive an offer it would be conditional upon completion of these courses by the time you begin our program.