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.
All applicants must follow the application procedures below. The University of Waterloo uses an online application process for all undergraduate programs.
The full time BSW application process is now CLOSED. The OUAC application process for entry into the Fall 2020 BSW program will open on Septemeber 23, 2019.
A BACHELOR'S (BA/BSc or equivalent) DEGREE FROM AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY IS A MANDATORY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT TO OUR BSW PROGRAM. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
Are you eligible to apply to our program?
Applying is a multi-step process:
Step 1: Complete your ON-LINE APPLICATION to OUAC: The OUAC application for fall 2019 is now CLOSED
Step 1: Complete your ON-LINE APPLICATION to OUAC and pay a non-refundable application fee of $130 CAD. (CODE = WSW).
Please note that the application can only be accessed through the above link, not from the OUAC home page.
You will receive an acknowledgement e-mail 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 e-mail. You should check your junk mail folder for these e-mails as many e-mail programs put mass mailings in junk mail folders.
Step 2: Submit your Admission Information Form (AIF)
Step 2: Upon receipt of your acknowledgement e-mail, 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 by the AIF deadline, but we encourage applicants to submit their AIF as early as they can in order to give their referees as much time as possible.
*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.
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:
- 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.
Step 4: Upload your application materials and supporting documentation
Step 4: Upload your application materials and supporting documentation - including UNOFFICIAL transcripts***, resume and personal statement by January 11, 2019. Helpful information can be found at Undergraduate Admissions.
***NOTE: University of Waterloo/Renison students do not have to submit their uWaterloo transcripts.
***NOTE: High School transcripts are NOT required.
All supporting documents, including references, are due by: January 11, 2019.
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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're experiencing difficulties uploading your materials, or if you have any questions about how to upload your materials, please contact email@example.com
For all other BSW application enquiries, please contact Margaret Girodat