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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/socialwork
Administered by: School of Social Work
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-time, second-year entry Advanced Standing program.
Part-time, third-year entry Advanced Standing program.

The Ryerson School of Social Work’s mission is to prepare graduates for critically engaged social work practice with marginalized populations and communities; and to develop leadership and innovation in social work education, at the undergraduate and graduate level, through teaching, scholarship, research and community service.

Admission Information - Full-Time Programs

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English.

Notes:

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English.
  3. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.
  4. Ryerson's School of Social Work strives to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion in the student body and aims to respond to community needs. The admission committee provides opportunity for special consideration for those applicants who wish to have their application reviewed in this light. Applicants may provide details regarding experiences that should be viewed within the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants can include this information on the Supplementary Form and/or on a Special Consideration Form available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Admission to the Advanced Standing Admission – Second Year Entry option is available in the Fall term only, and is available only on a full-time study basis. The number of students admitted is limited by space availability.

Consideration for admission to Advanced Standing (in second year) will be given to students who have the following qualifications:

A Social Service Worker or Human Service(s) Counsellor Diploma (or any diploma from a public Canadian college that is eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers see Summary of the Criteria for Registration), with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ('B') or higher, and less than two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.

Notes:

  1. Successful applicants are required to complete two (2) additional courses from first year as part of their degree requirements, as follows: One (1) lower level liberal studies course, and SWP 331 Social Work Theories of Practice.
  2. Successful applicants will receive transfer credit for SWP 36A/B Field Practicum at the time of admission.
  3. Given the strong competition applicants will normally be required to present academic averages significantly higher than the minimum.
  4. Holders of college diplomas with two years or more accumulated paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field, must apply to the Advanced Standing Admission – Third Year Entry Option, which is offered on a part-time basis. Please see the Admission Information - Part-Time Program section for details.
  5. Ryerson's School of Social Work strives to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion in the student body and aims to respond to community needs. The admission committee provides opportunity for special consideration for those applicants who wish to have their application reviewed in this light. Applicants may provide details regarding experiences that should be viewed within the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants can include this information on the Supplementary Form and/or on a Special Consideration Form available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Application Procedures

In order to receive equal consideration for the Advanced Standing Admission – Second Year Entry option, applications with complete documentation must be received by Undergraduate Admissions no later than February 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered subject to space availability.

Applicants must arrange the submission of the following to Undergraduate Admissions. Visit Submission of Documents for access to the Document Upload page and instructions:

  1. Post-secondary transcripts including promotions/graduation status.
  2. A summary of paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field, in order to confirm that eligibility criteria have been met (less than two years accumulated paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field).
Admission Information - Part-Time Program

Admission to the Advanced Standing Admission - Third Year Entry option is in the Fall term only, and is only available on a part-time study basis. The number of students admitted is limited by space availability.

Consideration for admission to Advanced Standing (in third year) will be given to students who have the following qualifications; (A) and (C) or (B) and (C):

(A) A baccalaureate degree in the humanities or social sciences from a Canadian university (or equivalent), with at least (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.

or

(B) A Social Service Worker or Human Service(s) Counsellor Diploma (or any diploma from a public Canadian college that is eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers see Summary of the Criteria for Registration ), with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 ('B') or higher, plus at least two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.

and

(C) Completion of a prerequisite course, CVSW15A/B Foundations of Social Work II with at least a 'B' level grade.

Employment prerequisites must be completed before taking CVSW15A/B. Admission to CVSW15A/B is limited by space availability. Applicants will be pre-selected to take this course by Undergraduate Admissions in conjunction with the School of Social Work. Applicants will be selected based on post-secondary academic performance and employment in the social services field.

Notes:

  1. Successful college diploma applicants are required to complete four (4) courses, in addition to the third and fourth year curriculum, as part of their degree requirements, as follows: Three (3) liberal studies courses, one (1) lower level and two (2) upper level, and SWP 331 Social Work Theories of Practice.
  2. Successful college diploma applicants will receive transfer credit for SWP 36A/B Field Practicum at the time of admission.
  3. CVSW15A/B course is only offered one time per year, running May - June.
  4. Given the strong competition applicants will normally be required to present academic averages significantly higher than the minimum.
  5. Baccalaureate degree holders approved to this program are not eligible to receive further transfer or challenge credits.
  6. College diploma applicants with less than two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field will not be considered and should apply to the full-time Advanced Standing - Second Year Entry option.
  7. Baccalaureate applicants with less than two (2) years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field will not be considered and should apply to the full-time four-year program.
  8. Ryerson's School of Social Work strives to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion in the student body and aims to respond to community needs. The admission committee provides opportunity for special consideration for those applicants who wish to have their application reviewed in this light. Applicants may provide details regarding experiences that should be viewed within the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants can include this information on the Supplementary Form and/or on a Special Consideration Form available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Application Procedures

In order to receive equal consideration for the Advanced Standing Admission - Third Year Entry option, applications with complete documentation must be received by Undergraduate Admissions no later than February 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered subject to space availability.

Applicants must arrange for the submission of the following to Undergraduate Admissions. Visit Submission of Documents for access to the Document Upload page and instructions:

  1. Post-secondary transcripts including promotions/graduation status.
  2. A resume of employment in the social services field.
  3. Two letters of reference (either two professional references or one professional and one academic reference), submitted in sealed envelopes with the referee's signature on the seal of the envelope.
  4. Applicants must also submit a letter(s) confirming the terms and conditions of their employment in the social services field, for a minimum of two years.
  5. Applicants must submit a personal statement. This statement should indicate why the applicant is choosing Social Work. Why Ryerson? Why now?
Program Overview/Curriculum Information

The Ryerson School of Social Work has been offering social work education since 1964 and a baccalaureate degree program since 1973.

The program offers a combination of academic studies in social work, professionally-related courses, liberal studies and field practicum experiences.

The curriculum focuses on anti-oppression, empowerment and structural perspectives on social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.

Students and graduates are eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Upon admission to the program, students are advised that their conduct is governed by the Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics . Violation of the Code may lead to suspension from the program on grounds of professional unsuitability.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate programs in social work.

Students admitted into the first year of the full-time BSW program are required to complete a practicum in both the third and fourth years of the program.

Students admitted with Advanced Standing into the part-time program holding a Social Service Worker Diploma or a Human Service Counselor Diploma or equivalent from a public Ontario College will receive transfer credits for the third year field practicum courses based on their prior experiences, but are required to complete a field practicum in the fourth year of the program.

Students admitted with Advanced Standing into the part-time program holding a Bachelor Degree are required to complete a field practicum in both the third and fourth year of the program.

These experiences are designed to enable students to integrate theoretical knowledge and practice skills under the field instruction of a qualified practitioner in the community. Settings and field instructors are selected by the School in accordance with the curriculum and the standards set out by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education . Practica are available in a wide range of fields of practice including: child welfare, mental health, active treatment hospitals, rehabilitation, community centres, nursing homes, multi-cultural services, social planning settings and many more. Availability of a given setting may vary from year to year. The practicum is unpaid and students are responsible for related costs such as travel to and from the practicum setting, a criminal record check, required vaccinations, or health examination. A valid driver’s license will enhance the student’s ability to secure a practicum.

Part-time courses are administered by either the program department or The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. The mode of delivery is not reflected in this calendar. These courses are identified in your course selection enrolment package with a 'C' prefix. These identifiers are for internal use only and do not affect the equivalency.

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Advanced Standing Admission - Two-year Program Students must take two semesters of upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. If an upper level liberal studies course requires a prerequisite, students MUST apply for a transfer credit for that prerequisite. This will only serve as proof of prerequisite and will not apply toward the degree.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Politics, Psychology and Sociology courses are not available for credit.
ECN 110 and ECN 210 are not available for credit to students who choose ECN 104 and ECN 204 as a 2nd Yr Professionally-Related course.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

POL 511 is not available for credit.  

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

REQUIRED:

POL 101 Canadian Political Institutions
POL 102 Political Processes in Canada
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology I
PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II
SOC 111 The Social World I
SOC 112 The Social World II
SWP 132 Critical Social Work Foundations
SWP 331 Social Work Theories of Practice

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

REQUIRED:

CMN 100 Professional Health Communication
SWP 201 Preparing for Social Work Practice
SWP 302 Social Policy: Welfare and Programs
SWP 335 Power, Resistance and Change
SWP 341 Transformative Social Work Practices
SWP 435 Aboriginal Approaches to Social Work

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

Revised curriculum begins 2017-2018.

REQUIRED:

SWP 36A/B* Field Practicum
SWP 301 Decolonizing and Anti-Oppression Practice
SWP 402 Social Policy and Social Inclusion
SWP 538 Social Work Research: Part I
SWP 638 Social Work Research: Part II

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Note: Part-Time and Out-of-Phase students please note that SWP 31A/B will be offered for the last time to full-time students in 2016-2017 and for the last time to part-time students in 2017-2018 . Contact the School of Social Work for more information.

REQUIRED:

SWP 50A/B Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar
SWP 51A/B* Field Practicum

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

*This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.  

Full-Time, Second-Year Entry Advanced Standing Program

Advanced Standing Admission – Second Year Entry students are required to take additional courses from first year as part of their degree requirements. See Admission Information above and Offer of Admission for details.

REQUIRED:

CMN 100 Professional Health Communication
SWP 201 Preparing for Social Work Practice
SWP 302 Social Policy: Welfare and Programs
SWP 335 Power, Resistance and Change
SWP 341 Transformative Social Work Practices
SWP 435 Aboriginal Approaches to Social Work

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

Revised curriculum begins 2017-2018.

REQUIRED:

SWP 36A/B* Field Practicum
SWP 301 Decolonizing and Anti-Oppression Practice
SWP 402 Social Policy and Social Inclusion
SWP 538 Social Work Research: Part I
SWP 638 Social Work Research: Part II

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Successful applicants will receive transfer credit for SWP 36A/B at the time of admission.  

Note: Part-Time and Out-of-Phase students please note that SWP 31A/B will be offered for the last time to full-time students in 2016-2017 and for the last time to part-time students in 2017-2018 . Contact the School of Social Work for more information.

REQUIRED:

SWP 50A/B Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar
SWP 51A/B* Field Practicum

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

*This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Part-Time, Third-Year Entry Advanced Standing Program

Direct Entry students will normally be admitted into 5th semester (3rd Year) of this program. Students should refer to their Offer of Admission for details.  

Revised curriculum begins 2017-2018.

REQUIRED:

SWP 36A/B* Field Practicum
SWP 301 Decolonizing and Anti-Oppression Practice
SWP 402 Social Policy and Social Inclusion
SWP 538 Social Work Research: Part I
SWP 638 Social Work Research: Part II

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

REQUIRED:

SWP 50A/B Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar
SWP 51A/B* Field Practicum

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table I.

PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED: Two courses from Table II.

*This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Academic Standing Variation

In addition to the general criteria used to determine Academic Standing, students in this program must also meet the following conditions: 

  • A failure in SWP 36A/B or SWP 51A/B leads to PROBATIONARY Standing.
  • A second consecutive failure in any of these courses leads to a REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW Standing from the program.

The Director of the School of Social Work may remove a student from field placement and/or suspend them from the program when there is reason to conclude that the student:

  • has behaved/performed in a manner which endangers students, clients, agency staff, faculty, or staff; or
  • has harassed/abused a student, client, agency staff, faculty, staff or others; or
  • has been convicted of, or has been charged with, a criminal offence involving violent or abusive behaviour; or
  • is in violation of the Core Social Work Values and Principles of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2005).
     
Graduation Requirement Variation

In addition to fulfilling the general academic requirements for graduation, students in this program must also meet the following conditions: 

Students in the Social Work program are required to have attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 ('C') (or a Transfer Credit) in their Required Social Work courses, which include*:

CMN 100 Professional Health Communication
SWP 31A/B Social Work Practice Seminar
SWP 50A/B Advanced Social Work Practice Seminar
SWP 132 Critical Social Work Foundations
SWP 201 Preparing for Social Work Practice
SWP 301 Decolonizing and Anti-Oppression Practice
SWP 302 Social Policy: Welfare and Programs
SWP 331 Social Work Theories of Practice
SWP 335 Power, Resistance and Change
SWP 341 Transformative Social Work Practices
SWP 402 Social Policy and Social Inclusion
SWP 435 Aboriginal Approaches to Social Work
SWP 538 Social Work Research: Part I
SWP 638 Social Work Research: Part II

* Course requirements vary with admission cohort.

Program Advisory Council

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Janet Balfour
Partner
Broadview Social Research & Consulting Group

Nicole Best
Board Member
Ontario Association of Social Workers

Komal Bhasin
Director
Research Strategy and Policy at CAMH

Cecilia Marshall
Social Worker
Geriatric Psychiatry Services
Toronto Rehab Institute

Cheryl McPherson
Psychotherapist
New Directions Therapeutics and Consulting

Mansoora Qazi
Registered Social Worker
MSW Alumni Representative
Ryerson School of Social Work

Janie E. Ryan
Director
Foster Care and Adoption Services
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Eric Silverton
Social Worker
Progress Place

Steve Skyers
Manager, Business Planning Unit
Ministry of Community & Social Services

Steven Solomon
BSW Alumni/CUPE Representative
Instructor
Ryerson School of Social Work

Christina Van Sickle
Professional Practice Chief, Social Work
Baycrest

Lindsay Williams
MSW Alumni Representative
Ryerson School of Social Work