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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
May 6, 2016

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Admission Requirements and Deadlines


  • MSW Advanced standing (full-time): December 1, 2015 - Program start date September 2016
  • MSW Advanced standing (part-time): January 15, 2016*†- Program start date September 2016
  • MSW Aboriginal field of study (full-time): April 1, 2016
  • MSW Aboriginal field of study (part-time): April 1, 2016


  • MSW two year (full-time): January 15, 2016 - Program start date September 2016†
  • MSW-MDiv (full-time): January 15, 2016 - Program start date September 2016
  • MSW four year (part-time): Closed for this application cycle.

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.

*The intake for the MSW part-time programs alternate every other year. †

Admission Requirements

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 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.

1.†† Degree Requirements

MSW Advanced Standing program (full / part-time):† 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.

MSW two-year full-time or MSW four year part-time program:† Normally, a four year bachelorís 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.†

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 bachelorís 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 bachelorís 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.† Although not required for admission, a minimum 3500 hours of paid and/or volunteer experience would be considered competitive and an asset to the application assessment.

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.

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