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.
- English Language Requirement
- Resume, references, personal statement
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.
- SDS 250R (formerly ISS 250R) Social Statistics
- SDS 251R (formerly ISS 251R) Social Research
- SOC 224R Poverty in Canada and its Social Consequences OR SDS 312R (formerly ISS 312R) Homelessness & Public Policy OR SDS 331R Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Public Policy
- SOCWK 120R Introduction to Social Work
- SOCWK 220R Social Work with Individuals - Theory and Practice 1
- SOCWK 221R Social Group Work
- SOCWK 222R Community Organization 1
- SOCWK 300R Canadian Social Welfare Policy
- SOCWK 301R Understanding Diversity in Canada OR PSYCH 349R (formerly PSYCH 222R) Cross-Cultural Psychology OR SDS 311R (formerly ISS 311R) Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada
- SOCWK 321R Social Work with Families
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
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.
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.
REFERENCES, RESUME AND SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FORM
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.
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).
- Describe your reasons for pursuing professional education in Social Work. What experiences have influenced your choice?
- 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.
- Discuss your vision of Social Work.
- 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.