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Faculty of Community Services

Admissions for Master of Social Work (MSW)

Ready to enrich your critical knowledge and skills? Challenging classroom learning, field placement and research opportunities — together with a strong Ryerson community — equip you with the knowledge and experiences needed to pursue and transform social work practice in child welfare settings, school boards, clinical and community programs and government institutions. Prepare to make meaningful change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to Ryerson’s Master of Social Work (MSW), you must meet the minimum program requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an institution that meets the guidelines of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, or is accredited by a national body of accreditation. If you do not have a BSW, you do not qualify for our program.

  • A minimum 3.0/4.33 (B or equivalent) average in the last two years of study.  

When making admissions decisions, the committee will take into consideration all aspects of your application.

Application deadlines

Admissions typically open in October.

Submit your application by the first consideration deadline to be guaranteed consideration for admission and scholarships.

First consideration application deadlines for Fall 2017:

We will continue to accept applications until all available spots are filled.

We will start to notify first consideration applicants of admissions decisions in mid-March, and will continue to notify all applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis.

 

Application process

At Ryerson, all graduate applications are submitted online. Visit Apply online to learn more about:

  • Submitting your application through OUAC
  • Uploading your documents
  • Monitoring your application

Required documents

In making admissions decisions, the committee will take into consideration all aspects of your application. 

1) Statement of Interest

You are required to submit a brief statement (3-4 pages), double spaced with one inch margins that should address the following two questions:

a) The vision of Ryerson's School of Social Work is to be a leader in critical education, research and practice with culturally and socially diverse students and communities in the advancement of anti-oppression/anti-racism, anti-Black racism, anti-colonialism/decolonization, Aboriginal reconciliation, feminism, anti-capitalism, queer and trans liberation struggles; issues in disability and Madness, among other social justice struggles. We seek to transform social structures into more equitable and inclusive social, economic, political and cultural processes of society. How have you engaged with the School's vision?

Optional: 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 consideration to 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.

b) What research interests do you intend to pursue in the program?

Optional: In addition to your written responses to all the above questions, please feel free to augment with information in alternative formats. For example, video* (by electronic link only), arts-based (poetry, images, narrative).

* Video submission maximum two minutes. All other forms maximum one page.

 


 

2) Resume

An updated resume that clearly highlights the following:

  • Paid work experience
  • Volunteer experience                                
  • Student placements
  • Research experience
  • Publications
  • Relevant training
  • Academic and other awards

 


 

3) Two reference letters

Reference letters are a key component of your application package.  Your referees should be able to speak to your academic, research and/or professional abilities. This may include your academic strengths and capacity to conduct research.

As a part of your online application, you will be asked to provide contact information for two referees. It is your responsibility to contact your referees before filling out the online application form to confirm their availability.

 


 

Refer to the Document Checklist for more required documents. Find out how to submit your:

  • Reference letters
  • Application Submission Summary
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency (if applicable)

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