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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Social Work 3. Faculty Regulations 3.1 Admissions
3.1 Admissions

Prospective students should refer to sections A.5.3 Transferring from another Post-Secondary Institution and A.5.3.2 Supplementary Admission Requirements of this Calendar for regulations regarding University admission requirements. Applicants must meet all requirements and deadlines.

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program is competitive and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Note: University Transfer (including After-Degree) applicants: Social Work 201 is not eligible for CG grade.

Students are admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work program for the Fall Term only.

All applicants, including current University of Calgary students, must submit the University of Calgary online application and upload the required supporting documents by the deadline dates specified below. All applicants must also provide two reference letters (one of which must be academic). Detailed application instructions can be obtained from the Faculty of Social Work website at:

New applicants can only apply to one program location. Applicants who wish to switch their location choice (e.g. from Calgary to Virtual (online) or Edmonton or Lethbridge) must contact the Student Services Office prior to March 1. Requests for change will be considered at the discretion of the Faculty.

Students seeking admission to the Faculty of Social Work following a voluntary withdrawal from the program will be considered in competition with new applicants and must meet the admission criteria. Such students are encouraged to consult with Student Services in the Faculty of Social Work before applying.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for the Bachelor of Social Work program: March 1.

Program specific documents and reference deadline: March 8.

Transcript deadline: March 15.

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The Faculty of Social Work evaluates applications on the following criteria:

1. Admission Grade Point Average.

2. Relevant work/volunteer experience.

3. Admission essay.

4. Two letters of reference. One of these should be from an academic source (e.g. previous instructor). The other should be from a professional (e.g. a former employer or supervisor) who is qualified to comment on the applicant’s suitability for undergraduate studies in social work. In situations where applicants have been out of post-secondary environment for 5 years or more, an additional professional reference can be used in lieu of the academic reference.

Second-Degree Students

Students who have received one or more approved undergraduate degrees (BA, BSc, BEd, etc.) may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program (University Transfer/After-Degree route).

Students must submit the undergraduate Application for Admission and all required supplementary documents by the application deadline. For more information regarding admission to a second undergraduate degree, refer to A.5.5.

Note: Applicants with a complete non-Social Work four-year degree and with the equivalent of two years of full-time paid or a minimum of 3000 hours of paid and/or volunteer work in the human services field, may consider applying to the MSW program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Student Services in the Faculty of Social Work prior to submitting an application to the MSW program.

Change of Program

Current University of Calgary students interested in the Bachelor of Social Work must submit the undergraduate Application for Admission and all required supplementary documents by the deadline noted above. Change of Program requests are not accepted for this program.

Current Social Work students who wish to request a transfer to another BSW program location refer to Transfers Between Locations for Current BSW Students.

To add or delete a minor you must contact Student Services.

Transfers Between Locations for Current BSW Students

Current BSW students who wish to transfer to another location must apply for a location transfer by February 1 for the following Fall.

Students must:

1. Discuss the possibility of transfer with faculty advisors from both the location they wish to leave and the location they wish to transfer to. The decision will be made through consultation between the program directors and field co-ordinators at the two locations.

2. Fill out and submit the Request for Transfer Between Locations form to Student Services at the current location, prior to the deadline.