BSW Application Evaluation Process

Initial Evaluation

Academic/GPA, Work/Volunteer Experience, Letters of Reference, Equity Policy

Academic evaluation includes the adjudication of course prerequisites and the calculation of GPA. The GPA is based on the last 30 credits of academic course work completed according to transcripts submitted with the application.

Students not meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 68% (2.7 or B- equivalent) are not eligible for admission and therefore will not be considered for further evaluation.

Members of the School’s faculty then evaluate competitive applicants for professional suitability. This assessment is based on the applicant’s letters of reference and volunteer/employment experience.

The School has a self-identifying equity policy affecting the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, visible minorities, and people with disabilities. A 5% weighting will be awarded to those applicants meeting admission criteria.

Following evaluations, candidates are ranked according to the combined weighted grade and suitability scores.


Approximately 75 of the highest-rated applicants will be interviewed in a group situation at the School during the March 20-22, 2018 period. Applicants must attend these interviews in person.  Students will be assigned to work in groups and will be given specific tasks within those groups. They will also be required to individually write about their professional goals.

Evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Judgement
  • Ability to evaluate one’s own performance
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender and class considerations
  • Ability to work in a group
  • Ability to express one’s goals as a potential social worker

Note: Applicants who are offered admission must submit to a Criminal Record Check. New regulations require that the School requests criminal record checks on behalf of successful students. Instructions regarding the application for the Criminal Record Check as well as how to pay the $28 fee will be emailed with the letter of recommendation for admission.

Outcome of Application

There are three possible outcomes:

1. An offer of admission: the top 50-60 applicants, following Interview Stage, will be offered admission. Please note that offers of admission cannot be deferred to another academic year.
2. Should any of the above decline, remaining applicants will be contacted.
3. Notice of unsuccessful admission: the remaining applicants will be notified that their application has not been successful.