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The School of Social Work seeks to reflect a diverse student population and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all ages, gender identities, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities.

Whether you are applying for the full-time or part-time BSW program, all applicants must follow the application procedures below.

The University of Waterloo uses an online application process for all undergraduate programs.

Full-time studies

The application process for the BSW full-time program, for entry in fall 2016, IS NOW CLOSED. 

Part-time studies

 Application process, for the BSW part-time program, for entry in fall 2016, IS NOW CLOSED.

The application process, for the BSW part-time program, for entry in Winter 2017, will open on May 10, with a deadline to apply by July 5 2016. Please watch for updates.

Applying is a multi-step process:

Step 1:  Complete your ON-LINE APPLICATION to OUAC and pay a non-refundable application fee of $130 CAD. (CODE = WRW).  Note: The application process, for the BSW Part-time program, for entry in Winter 2017, will open on May 10, with a deadline to apply online of July 5, 2016.

You will receive an acknowledgement email from Undergraduate Admissions within 10 business days of submitting your on-line application to OUAC, with instructions for logging in to QUEST to complete your Admission Information Form (AIF), upload your application materials and supporting documentation. Your Waterloo ID (identification) number will be assigned and sent to you in this email. You should check your junk mail folder for these emails as many email programs put mass mailings in junk mail folders.

Step 2: Upon receipt of your acknowledgement email, your next step is to log in to QUEST to submit* your Social Work Admission Information Form (AIF), including contact details for your THREE referees** (1 academic and 2 professional). This should be done within seven days of receiving the acknowledgement email.

*NOTE: you do not have to upload any documents when you submit your AIF.

**NOTE: The academic reference must be from an instructor who has taught you in one or more courses. The professional references can be sought from any of the following: an employment supervisor; a volunteer supervisor; a helping professional (eg, social worker, religious leader, doctor, psychiatrist or similar community-based professional).

Step 3:  Prepare your personal statement. All applicants must complete and submit a (PDF) personal statement of approximately 1500 words prepared according to this outline:

  1. Describe your reasons for pursuing professional education in Social Work. What experiences have influenced your choice?
  2. Discuss how your relationships, work, educational and other life experiences have contributed to your understanding of yourself and others. Please include any experience that would facilitate your working with diverse populations.
  3. Discuss your vision of Social Work. 
  4. Tell us why you would be a good candidate for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.

Step 4: Upload your application materials and supporting documentation - including UNOFFICIAL transcripts***, resume and personal statement by April 4, 2016. Helpful information can be found here.

***NOTE: High School transcripts are NOT required.

All supporting documents, including references, are due by April 4, 2016.

Please note, once you upload a document, you cannot go back and replace it with an updated version. If you uploaded an incorrect document (ex. a test score instead of a transcript), send an email to

If you're experiencing difficulties uploading your materials, or if you have any questions about how to upload your materials, please contact

For all other BSW application enquiries, please contact Laura Newman.




Follow this link for a complete list of admission requirements.

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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) application deadline

Full-time program: 

Application process for entry in fall 2016, is closed. 

Part-time program: 

Application process, for entry in fall 2016, is now closed.

Application process, for entry in winter 2017, will open on May 10, 2016, with a deadline to apply by July 5, 2016. Please watch for updates.

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