Admission to the Master of Social Work

Prerequisites

There are two entry points to the MSW Program. 

 

BSW Entry – full-time, one-year professional graduate degree program offered to students with a first level social work degree from a university program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

 

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. A Bachelor of Social Work degree from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.3 scale). Students in their final year of a BSW program are eligible to apply and may be given provisional acceptance pending completion of degree requirements by May 30 of the year of entry to the MSW program. Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

  2. A minimum of 1500 hours or one-year, full-time equivalent of social work-related work experience. This may be paid or volunteer work, but must not include field placement, practicums, co-op, or internship work. Experience must be clearly demonstrated through the submission of a curriculum vitae.

Enrolment is limited to 16 students. Applicants will be assessed on academic and professional readiness. Satisfying the minimum requirements will not guarantee admission.

 

The application deadline is January 30th each year. All application materials and supporting documents must be received by the Admissions Office on or before the deadline.

Admission Criteria

Personal Statement  50%
Curriculum Vitae 25%
References 15%
GPA  10%

Note:  The School of Social Work reserves the right to interview an applicant should it be necessary to evaluate professional readiness for the program.

 

Non-BSW Entry – full-time, two-year graduate degree program offered to students with a complete undergraduate degree program (120 credit hours) from a recognized university and in the social sciences.

 

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

 

  1. A completed undergraduate university degree (120 credit hours) in the social sciences from a recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on the most recent 60 undergraduate credit hours is required.

  2. Successful completion of two introductory social work courses, SCWK 2013 Introduction to Social Welfare and SCWK 2023 Introduction to Social Work, or evidence of completing equivalent course work.

Applicants who do not satisfy these minimum requirements are not considered further in the selection process.

 

  1. Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of 1500 hours of one-year, full-time equivalent of social work-related work experience. This may be paid or volunteer work, but must not include field placement, practicums, co-op, or internship work. Experience must be clearly demonstrated through the submission of a curriculum vitae.

Enrolment in the two-year MSW program is limited to 16 students. Applicants will be assessed on academic and professional readiness. Satisfying the minimum requirements will not guarantee admission.

 

Students in the first year of the program must successfully complete all course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be able to progress to the second year.

 

The application deadline is January 30th each year. All application materials and supporting documents must be received by the Admissions Office on or before the deadline.

Admission Criteria

Personal Statement  40%
Curriculum Vitae 25%
References 15%
GPA  10%
Grade for SCWK2013 5%
Grade for SCWK2023 5%

 

Note: The School of Social Work reserves the right to interview an applicant should it be necessary to evaluate professional readiness for the program.

Application Procedures

Applications become available online on October 1st each year. A completed application includes:

 

  1. a completed general application form for admission to the program found at stu.ca/ApplyNow

  2. a non-refundable application fee of $100

  3. a personal statement. See the Guidelines for Personal Statement section below

  4. a detailed curriculum vitae outlining all relevant work, research, and volunteer experience for the past five years

  5. two completed reference forms that must be sent directly to the Admissions Office (admissions@stu.ca) by the referee. If you are currently in university, or if you have been out of university for two years or less, submit one academic reference from a university instructor and one reference from a supervisor from your most recent paid employment. If you have been out of university for more than two years you may provide two references from employers, with one being from your most recent employer.

  6. official transcript. If you have a STU transcript you will not need to submit it as our Admissions Office has access to it.

Notification of Admission Status

Applicants will receive written notice of their admission status by March 1st.

Registration

Following acceptance to the program, MSW students must register for the program by the deadline specified in their letter of offer. Any student not registering by the registration deadline will be required to re-apply for admission. To register, follow the steps below.

 

  1. Contact your assigned faculty advisor to discuss and review your program of study.

  2. Obtain written approval of your program of study from your faculty advisor well in advance of registration.

Educational Equity Admissions Policy 

The School of Social Work has adopted an Educational Equity Admissions Policy for those applicants who have been disadvantaged and/or marginalized by some form of oppression. The policy recognizes that some students may have experienced structural barriers due to identification with a specific group or because of labels imposed on them by society. Students wishing to be considered under the Educational Equity Admissions Policy must indicate their request on the application form. Educational Equity Statements are considered during the second stage of the admission process only for applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements outlined above in “Prerequisites,” subsection 1. The Equity Statement may be found at STU.ca/SocialWork.

 

Guidelines for Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be no more than 1,500 words, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. Please respond to the following:

 

A. Describe the experiences, skills, qualities, and/or personal identities (e.g., disability status, racialized identity, gender, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, etc. ) that you bring that would be helpful in working with diverse populations.

 

B. Drawing from your work experience, indicate with examples what interests you about structural approaches to social work. How do you expect to learn and achieve your career goals within the context of the MSW program at St. Thomas University?

 

C. Indicate your current scholarly and professional interests and how the MSW program at St. Thomas University will help you achieve these. This information will be used to inform advance practicum and thesis options.

 

D. Clearly indicate whether you are applying to the thesis or advanced practicum option.