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Faculty of Community Services

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) FAQs

How difficult is it to get into the program?

Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work program at Ryerson is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

How is my application assessed?

Our Full-time, Four-year and Full-time, Advanced Standing: Direct Entry to Second Year programs are grades-only programs, which means Ryerson considers your application on the basis of academic achievement only.

Our Part-time, Advanced Standing: Direct Entry to Third Year program is a grades-plus program, which means Ryerson considers your application on the basis of grades plus non-academic requirements.

Non-academic requirements may include letters of reference, a resume, employment letters and a statement of intent. 

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 if you wish to have your application reviewed in this light. You may provide details regarding experiences that should be viewed within the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. For more information, check out the requirements.

Do I need volunteer experience?

Applying to the Part-time, Advanced Standing: Direct Entry to Third Year program? Ryerson will assess your volunteer experience as part of the admissions process.

Volunteer experience is not a requirement for admissions into our other programs.

However, we strongly encourage you to pursue volunteering opportunities. Volunteering can provide you with valuable insight into the social work profession, and help you gain the knowledge and experience needed to excel in your field placements.

How do I enhance my job prospects?

Take advantage of the resources and programming offered by the Career Centre at Ryerson. The Career Centre is focused on empowering and encouraging students to maximize their potential at Ryerson. They support all students, from pre-arrival through to professional life.

How many courses do I take?

It depends on whether you enrol as a part-time or full-time student, and on what year of the program you are in.

The undergraduate calendar outlines what courses you need to take, and when.

Part-time students take a minimum of one course and a maximum of three courses in their third and fourth year. Part-time courses are offered in the evening only, starting at 6 p.m.

Can I receive transfer credits?

Yes, as long as you meet Ryerson’s requirements. When granting transfer credits, Ryerson considers the length of course, the course content and the grade you received. More on transfer credits.

Can I complete the Full-time, Four Year program in a shorter period of time?

No. You must complete SWP 132 - Critical Social Work Foundations prior to taking core second-year social work courses.

This ensures you are adequately prepared for your second-year courses. If you receive transfer credits — while you can take fewer courses — it will still take you four years to complete the program.

I have a part-time job. Can I adjust my timetable?

The best way to modify your timetable would be to select elective courses that fit your schedule. Otherwise, opportunities to adjust your social work courses are limited.

Our program is intense and demanding. In third year, you are in the field on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in class for three days each week.

In fourth year, you are in the field on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and in class for two days each week.  

Part-time classes are offered every evening except for Friday.

What should I do if I fall behind in school?

Take advantage of the resources available to you. The Academic Support and Resource Centre provides learning support through individual appointments, workshops, peer support and other learning opportunities

If you fall behind or have trouble with an assignment, speak to your instructor.