BSW Admission Requirements

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.

Admission requirements, for full-time and part-time studies, to the BSW program are as follows:



The successful completion of either a three-year or four-year undergraduate university degree (Bachelor of Arts/Sciences or equivalent) from an accredited university, with a 75% average and at least 6.0 academic units (12 one-semester courses) in the social sciences, INCLUDING the ten prerequisite courses listed below or their equivalents.

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Required prerequisite courses

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Conditional admission

Qualified applicants who already possess a BA/BSc (or equivalent) degree but who lack one or more of the prerequisite courses* for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program may be eligible for Conditional Admission. Upon successful completion of the prerequisite courses, with grades of at least 75%, applicants will be given admission to the next available entry point of the Bachelor of Social Work program.

*Applicants can continue working on outstanding prerequisite courses during the application process by applying for admission as Arts Non-degree/Post-degree students. For further information please contact: Margaret Girodat

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Assessment of prerequisite courses

Applicants who wish to have courses evaluated for equivalency for the ten prerequisite courses should contact Margaret Girodat for information. It is recommended that prospective applicants start this inquiry prior to submitting their application.

To request an evaluation, please email a copy of your unofficial transcripts to Margaret Girodat. If there are courses we have not previously evaluated, you may be asked to provide course outlines for review.

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Pathways to a BSW

Applicants with diplomas in social services (or equivalents) from Community Colleges, upon evaluation of their courses, may apply to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree at Renison, including the pre-requisite courses, and be eligible to apply to the BSW program. Visit the Social Development Studies page for more information regarding Renison's Social Development Studies BA program - with a social work major, including admission requirements for the program.  Please contact Lauren Zalewski for inquiries regarding the Social Development Studies program. 

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Apart from your academics, and the English language requirement, as discussed above, you will also be uploading the following information into your application:


The School of Social Work is interested in the experiences of applicants in any or all of the following areas: educational qualifications, employment experience, volunteer experience, membership in volunteer associations, membership in professional associations; and additional skills, attributes or other information.  

Contact details for THREE referees (1 academic, 2 professional)

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

Personal statement (Supplemental Information Form) -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.

You will receive instructions on how to upload this information into your application, after you've applied.

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For enquiries regarding admissions to the BSW program, please contact:

Marion Reid

Administrator & Student Service Manager

519-884-4404   ext. 28626