Other application pieces

Transcripts, Reference Letters, Resumé, and supplementary information form

The application process, for entry into the MSW program in fall 2019, for both full-time and part-time applicant, will open on September 1, 2018

OUAC applications to our Master of Social Work program, for entry in fall 2019, must be submitted online through the University of Waterloo's Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs online submission systemby November 15, 2018. 

Supporting documents must be uploaded into your QUEST account by the deadline of December 1, 2018, to complete applications which have been submitted by the OUAC deadline.

Transcripts

Reference letters

Curriculum vitae/resumé

Supplementary information form

Evaluation Criteria

Other Application Pieces

Transcripts:

  • UNOFFICIAL transcripts, only, are required for application purposes. The transcript MUST have your name on it, and the name of the educational institution or it will not be accepted. IF you are offered a place on our program you will be required to send final official transcripts by post, directly to The Graduate Studies Office, University of Waterloo. You would receive instructions about this in the offer letter.
  • All post-secondary education (universities and colleges, including incomplete studies) must be declared on your online application. University of Waterloo transcripts are not required, but you must declare your University of Waterloo studies in the academic background section of the application.
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates (if obtained) from each post-secondary institution attended (past or current) showing your name, the institution's name, all courses and marks AND INCLUDING the transcript legends/keys/grading scales must be uploaded using Quest.

  • Transcripts must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English.
  • Waterloo will accept transcripts issued in both English or French from Canadian Institutions. A translation is not required.
    • We are an English teaching/speaking institution.
  • Only one PDF file per institution can be uploaded (if you completed more than one degree at the same institution, both transcripts must be in a single file).
  • Transcripts generated from a self-service/web information system must display your full name, academic program and the university's name along with transcript legends/keys/grading scales.
  • Do not use brackets ( ), quotations ' ' or any special characters in the file name, and keep the file name short.
  • A full set of materials must be submitted.
  • 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 gradapp@uwaterloo.ca.

If you receive an Offer of Admission:

  • Final Official academic transcripts (received in a closed university envelope) sent directly from your home institution to the Graduate Studies Office, University of Waterloo, are only required if you are offered admission.
  • Transcript must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English.
  • Waterloo will accept transcripts issued in both English or French from Canadian Institutions. A translation is not required.
    • We are an English teaching/speaking institution.

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Reference letters:

Three letters of reference: One academic and two professional.  

If your degree was completed three or more years ago, and you are having difficulty obtaining an academic reference, you may submit a third professional reference.

An applicant selects three individuals who have current knowledge (preferably within the last two years) of the candidate’s potential for undertaking graduate studies in Social Work.

Academic Reference: must be from a course instructor with whom you have taken a class/classes within the last three to four years.

Professional Reference: must be from any of the following three sources:

  • Work source: Director, employment supervisor, practicum supervisor.
  • Voluntary source: A representative from a voluntary board, organization, or group with whom the applicant has volunteered
  • Professional source (from a professional perspective): Social worker, physician, nurse, psychologist, psychiatrist, chaplain, or similar community-based professional

While we would like to have professional references from individuals in different organizations, we understand that many applicants many only have worked in one agency/organization or it may be many years since you have worked in another agency/organization.

If you do get your professional references from individuals within the same agency/organization, please try to have them speak to different aspects of your suitability and capacity to undertake graduate level social work education. You will not be penalized in the application process for having references from individuals in the same agency/organization.

References are confidential, not available to applicants, used only for admission purposes, and are kept on file for those accepted.

  • Contact your referees before you apply online to confirm their availability and email address.
  • Your referees will receive an email from the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) within two to three business days after your application has been submitted
  • GSO will send your referees two email reminders to complete the form within 14 days of the due date listed on the form.
  • Reference forms do not expire but they are required to complete your application, and should be submitted by the application deadline for your program.
  • GSO only accept references submitted using their electronic form.
  • To change a referee, send an email to gradapp@uwaterloo.ca with the following information:

Subject Line: Referee change
Waterloo student ID number:
Program and application term:
Previous referee name:
New referee name:
New referee title:
New referee Institution:
Institution address (include city/country):
New referee telephone:
New referee email address:

  • To change a referee email address, send an email to gradapp@uwaterloo.ca with the following information:

Subject Line: Referee email address change
Waterloo student ID number:
Program and application term:
Referee name:
Previous referee email address:
New referee email address:

  • To have our reference email re-sent to your referee, send an email to gradapp@uwaterloo.ca with the following information:

Subject Line: Re-send referee email
Waterloo student ID number:
Program and application term:
Referee name:
Referee email address:

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Curriculum vitae/​resumé:

IN PDF FORMAT.

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

Content of res​umé

Applicants will be required to submit a detailed resumé, which lists separately, under the headings provided, and chronologically beginning with the most recent, their experiences in these areas:   

Employment experience: 

Under the following three sub-headings 'pre-BSW', 'during BSW', 'post- BSW', indicate clearly:

Dates, agencies/organizations, positions held, whether the positions were full-time or part-time, and a brief description of roles, duties and responsibilities.    

Volunteer exper​ience: 

Under the following three sub-headings 'pre-BSW', 'during BSW', 'post- BSW', indicate clearly:

Dates, agencies/organizations, positions held, and a brief description of roles, duties and responsibilities.    

Practica:

Indicate clearly:
Dates, agency/organization, field instructor’s name and title, and a brief description of roles, duties and responsibilities.    

Membership in professional associations: 

Indicate clearly:
Dates, associations and, if applicable, a brief description of roles, duties and responsibilities. Please include the specific professional and/or regulatory provincial/Canadian associations, or related organizations.    

Community recognition:

Awards and other forms of recognition by the community.

Education and professional development: 

Degrees, certificates, diplomas, academic awards, workshops and conferences attended, ongoing professional development activities, and language skills (including sign language).    

Additional skills, attributes and information relevant to the Master of Social Work program:

These may include such things as research activities, presentations (conferences, workshops, staff development and training) and publications (both refereed and non-refereed).

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Supplementary information form: 

Study plan: The applicant's study plan is an important component of the non-academic requirements for admission, and is comprised of the applicant’s response to the following three questions.

Question #1

In registering in the MSW program at Renison University College, what are your expectations, goals and learning needs? In discussing this question, please consider the following: your academic goals; your professional reasons for pursuing graduate education; how your attributes and qualities can contribute to the learning environment.

(Maximum 500 words)

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Question #2

Discuss your Practicum area of interest with specific reference to the following:

learning goals; current knowledge; skill set, academic and research interests related to practicum; area(s) of interest, including any particular type of agency or specific field of practice that you would like the School to consider; qualities of the field instructor with whom you would like to work;

If you are applying for part-time studies, challenges you would face as a part-time MSW student completing field practice; and how you plan to address these.

 (Maximum 500 words)

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Question #3

Outline a contemporary social problem of interest to you, why it is of interest, and the practice implications of the social concern. Please consider the following in your response:

What is the specific social concern of interest to you and why is it an important topic?

What are the major issues surrounding the problem? Relate your personal and professional experience, along with your theoretical foundation/formal practice approach to the issue area.

What are the ethical issues surrounding this social concern?

How would you, as a social worker, attempt to address this social concern in practice?

How have your personal and professional relationships informed your values and approach to this concern?

How can the course of study offered at Renison assist you in working with this social concern?

(Maximum 500 words)

Finally, You will also be required to give details about your Research Methods and Statistics course/s.

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Study plan evaluation criteria

Consistent with our current practice in the Bachelor of Social Work program, the study plan of all applicants who meet the standard admission criteria will be rated by two independent assessors. This provides consistency in the evaluation process and provides an effective way to evaluate a large number of applications.

Each answer will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Writing style: the ability to communicate clearly, including use of language, organization and comprehensibility
  • Demonstrated analytic ability: including evidence of scholarship
  • Creativity and originality
  • Completeness of answers​

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Other application pieces

  • Proof of Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant status if necessary
  • If English is not your first language you may need to include official English proficiency test scores with your application. Go to the English Language Proficiency Certification website to find out the criteria for exemptions, and which tests and scores are acceptable for admission (note: not the "Alternative" scores). French-Canadian citizens whose earlier degrees are from French-Canadian universities do not need to take an English Language Proficiency test. However, please be aware that we are an English-speaking University and all the courses are taught in English.  Applicants must ensure that their level of spoken and written English is high enough to allow them to understand the course material and communicate fluently.

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Information from the Graduate Studies & Post-Doctoral Affairs regarding types of acceptable documents which can be uploaded into QUEST 


All applications are submitted online so you will be unable to include any additional materials with your submission.

For more information, please contact:

Marion Reid, Administrator
School of Social Work, Renison University College
519-884-4404, ext. 28626
renison.socialwork@uwaterloo.ca

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