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Social Work (BSW)

Is It for You?

Understand how processes of marginalization and oppression shape people’s experiences and access to resources, power, and social and health services. Transform practice by promoting social justice in work with individuals, groups, communities, organizations, institutions and beyond.

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Advanced Standing to Second Year
Part Time: Advanced Standing to Third Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Social Work

 Grade Range
80-86%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
For part-time, advanced standing to third year only

 Co-op Option
No

 Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 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.

Anna Amy Ho, social work

Meet this social work alumna

Anna Amy Ho, social work, is a crisis counsellor and violence prevention program coordinator at Victim Services Toronto. In 2015, Anna received the Attorney General's Victim Services Award of Distinction. Anna also performs as an aerial acrobat and hopes to establish a centre for arts-based forms of psychotherapy.

Photo by Arthur Mola, image arts.

Distinctive Learning

Includes 840 hours of field experience through placements at local or international organizations; community and faculty projects; experiential learning to integrate theory and practice.

After Graduation

As a skilled advocate and collaborator, work to advance social justice and equity for individuals, families, groups and communities in fields such as child and youth welfare; immigrant and settlement services, social action groups; community, health and social services, non-profit organizations; research; education and policy analysis, in Canada and internationally. Pursue a master of social work (MSW) or a master’s degree in other areas such as early childhood studies, immigration and settlement studies or public policy and administration at Ryerson.

What You Need to Know

Full-Time Format
Domestic Fees Range
: $7,703 - $8,289
International Fees Range: $25,926 - $25,958

Part-Time Format (One to Eight or More Courses)
Domestic Fees Range
: $902 - $5,819
International Fees Range: $2,662 - $19,850

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

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.

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

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, external link), 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.

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 nor mally 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 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.

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 Applications and Related Forms page.

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 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, external link), 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 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.

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 Acknowledgement email that will include your Ryerson Student Number. Your Ryerson Student Number must be clearly printed on all non-academic materials you submit.

Part Time, Advanced Standing to Third Year

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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