How to Apply to the BSW Program

Admission into the BSW Program

The application period for September 2020 admission is now open.

Deadline for online application and submitting supplemental application material is JANUARY 15

You will only be contacted if you are missing any documents from your supplemental application package.  Due to the high volume of applications we will not be confirming receipt of application packages.

Since the number of qualified applicants normally considerably exceeds the number of places available, fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The process is competitive and the School reserves the right of selection of all students for admission and re-admission to the School.

Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified by email.


A Two-Part Application Process

1. Apply online to the University and submit all post-secondary transcripts to UBC Undergraduate Admissions Office:

The University of British Columbia
Undergraduate Admissions

2016-1874 East Mall, Brock Hall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

2. Complete the supplemental application forms available on this School of Social Work website. Print out the completed forms and submit to the School with a resume and two (2) letters of recommendation. Please do this after applying online in part 1.

See below for instructions on how to apply.  Please read carefully!


Part 1: UBC Application for Undergraduate Admissions

Application for admission to the School of Social Work must be done online through Undergraduate Admissions. Apply no later than JANUARY 15 to be considered for the Winter Session, starting September 2020.

All new UBC applications must be supported by official final transcripts of the applicant’s academic record at all post-secondary institutions attended, either online or in-person, and must be submitted to UBC Undergraduate Admissions Office. Applicants should submit transcripts well ahead of the deadline, if possible, to allow time for processing and any follow-up.
Applicants with credentials from Langara College, Douglas College, or Kwantlen Polytechnic University should arrange for transcripts to be submitted electronically to UBC Undergraduate Admissions.

Proof of enrolment in any pre-requisite courses, in the form of official transcripts, must be submitted to UBC Undergraduate Admissions Office by the January 15 deadline, even if the courses will not be completed until April 30.  Failure to submit this proof may result in the application being cancelled by UBC Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Former or current UBC students must submit an “Application for Re-Admission and/or a Change of Degree Program/Campus” form, and do not need to submit a UBC transcript. However, applicants must submit transcripts from any other post-secondary institutions that they have attended during or since this time.

If you have never been a UBC student:
1. Go to the “How to Apply to UBC” page.
2. Follow the prompts and you’re on your way!

If you have been or currently are a UBC student:
1. Visit the online Student Service Centre and log into your CWL account.
2. Complete an Application for Re-admission and/or a Change of Degree Program/Campus form


Part 2: Supplemental Application Materials for the School of Social Work

a. Complete and print out the following supplemental application forms:

b. Include an updated resume.

c. Obtain two letters of reference. Your reference letters should be from managers or supervisors from paid or volunteer social work experiences, or course professors. These reference letters will form a part of the applicant’s evaluation. Applicants re-applying to the program are required to submit at least one new letter of reference.

A reference letter template is available. You do not need to use this form template: your references can be regular letters.

Neither electronic references nor those viewed by the applicant are acceptable. Please note that letters from friends, family members or personal therapists/counsellors will not be accepted.

Letters of Reference are to be received by the applicant, in sealed and signed envelopes, and forwarded to the School of Social Work with resume and supplemental forms. Referees also have the option of mailing reference letters directly to the School if they prefer. 

Additional Requirements

If your application is successful, you will need to participate in the Criminal Records Review Program. Details and instructions will be provided to successful applicants.

Many social work organizations, such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development,  require applicants to hold a full driver’s license before offering them a practicum or employment so students are advised to obtain one as soon as possible, if they do not already have one.

UBC is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA), which means that all students who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum. If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children, or physical, sexual, or financial abuse to vulnerable adults, as a result of the CRRA Check, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. If the practicum is required for your program, this means that you may not be able to complete the program and you may not graduate. Therefore you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, this program.

Putting It All Together

Your supplemental application materials package must be received by JANUARY 15.  It may either be delivered in person (Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm) or clearly addressed and sent to:

BSW Admissions Office
The School of Social Work, UBC
Room 100, 2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Your application package must include the following:

  • Supplemental Forms I, II; III (if applicable); IV
  • Resume
  • Reference Letters x 2

Do not send your transcripts to the School of Social Work! Please send to UBC Undergraduate Admissions Office at Brock Hall (see Part 1).