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Program Format(s):

  • Full-Time, Four-Year
  • Full-Time, Advanced Standing to Second Year
  • Part-Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Ontario Secondary School Students:
2016 Grade Range for Admission / Wait List Consideration:
80-86%

Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2017 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Domestic Fees Range: $7,248 - $7,826
International Fees Range: $23,604 - $23,634

About the Program: When people can access the services and resources they need to more fully participate in society, it is often because of the meaningful efforts of social workers. Ryerson graduates promote social justice and equity by helping individuals to access multiple social services in order to meet their fundamental needs and accomplish their goals. Practitioners have a deep understanding of how gender, race, ethnic-cultural origin, class, sexual diversity, age, and physical and mental capacities shape the experiences of those who require social services. As skilled advocates and collaborators, social workers advance the causes of human dignity, equality and social care.

The Full-Time Four Year and Full-Time Advanced Standing to Second Year programs are Grades-Only programs and select students solely on Academic Performance.

The Part-Time Advanced Standing to Third Year program is a Grades-Plus program. In addition to the academic requirements listed below, the Advanced Standing program selects students on the basis of grades PLUS non-academic requirements.

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"What I really like about the Bachelor of Social Work program here at Ryerson is the knowledge base and the perspective that I'm able to get. I can take that anywhere. Social Work is so broad and not many people realize that until they're in the program. But you can do many things with a Bachelor of Social Work and the knowledge base will really prepare you for any sector or service that you want to go into."


Kate
Fourth Year,
Social Work

Requirements for Full-Time, Four-Year Program (Entry Level)

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements. Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70 % or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred).

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements Overview.

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 on compassionate grounds 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 (not applicable to OUAC 101 applicants) and/or on a Special Consideration Form available on the Applications and Related Forms page.

Requirements for Full-Time, Advanced Standing to Second Year

Social Service Worker or Human Services Counsellor Diploma from a public Canadian college (or equivalent), with a cumulative 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.


Important Notes:

  • Applicants must submit 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). This summary must be submitted directly to Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment.
  • 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).
  • Successful applicants will receive transfer credit for SWP 36A/B (Field Practicum) at the time of admission.
  • Given the strong competition applicants will normally be required to present academic averages significantly higher than the minimum.
  • 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 Part-Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year.


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 on compassionate grounds 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 Applications and Related Forms page.

Requirements for Part-Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year

Consideration for admission to the program will be given to applicants who have the following qualifications; A and C or B and C:

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

OR

B. Holders of a Social Service Worker or Human Services Counsellor Diploma from a public Canadian college (or equivalent), who have 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 prior to taking CVSW15A/B. Admission to CVSW15A/B is limited by space availability. Applicants will be pre-selected to take this course by Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment 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.


Related 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 on compassionate grounds 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 Applications and Related Forms page.
Non-Academic Requirements (for Part-Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year Applicants)

Do not submit non-academic material until after you have submitted your application for admission and accessed your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. You will receive an Acknowledgment email that will allow access to your portal where you can retrieve your Ryerson Number. Your Ryerson Number must be clearly printed on all non-academic materials you submit.

Applicants to Social Work Part Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year are required to submit the non-academic requirements directly to Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at the time of application. See pdf below for details of the requirements, submission instructions and the required cover sheet.


Exception: If you have already attended this program and are applying for readmission or reinstatement, only a completed application and Supplementary Form are required. Non-academic requirements that are submitted contrary to the above instructions will not be accepted for admission consideration.

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