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Honours BSW Program Application and Admissions Process

The application for the BSW "Professional Years" program (Year 3 & Year 4) for Fall 2022 - 2023 is now being accepted. 

 

INTERNAL APPLICANTS:

  • If you have been enrolled in Social Work at the University of Windsor since semester 1  AND/OR
  •  If you have 2 or fewer transfer credits

Click to DOWNLOAD THE PROFESSIONAL YEARS APPLICATION FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS

       Study Plan (MUST accompany your application)

  1. The qualified applicants for this application must first complete a "Returning Student Application" on the UWinsite Student (Returning Student Application Instructions).

  2. After submitting the UWinsite Student Change of Program application, the applicant will be requested to upload the application documents  on UWinsite Student by the deadline (Documentation Upload Instructions).
  3.  All the internal applicants will be invited to attend Professional Years application Workshop after the application deadline date.
  4. After participation in professional years application workshop, you will be asked to submit the following documents from workshop which will evaluate your admission into the professional years.
  • Certificate of positive participation at workshop
  • Reflective writing from workshop

 

EXTERNAL AND TRANSFER APPLICANTS:

PROFESSIONAL YEARS APPLICATION FOR EXTERNAL APPLICATION

  • If you are applying to the 2 year BSW program (For graduates from an Ontario Child and Youth Care Program or undergraduate degree holders - graduation by August 31, 2022)     OR
  • If you are  currently at the University of Windsor (pre-social work students in the 4-year program) who have more than 2 transfer credits from another post-secondary institution      OR
  • who started at the University in a major other than Social Work    OR
  • Who are  transferring from a post-secondary institution other than University of Windsor

 

EXTERNAL/TRANSFER APPLICANTS ONLY: SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

For current University of Windsor students, submit  your completed application through UWinsite Student Portal (This link,  http://ask.uwindsor.ca/app/answers/detail/a_id/555 will help you to understand how to upload the documents into UWinsite Student.

  1. Click to DOWNLOAD APPLICATION External/Transfer Applicants ONLY
  2. Click to DOWMLOAD PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE FORM External/Transfer Applicants ONLY
  3. Click to DOWNLOAD REFERENCE FORM External/Transfer Applicants ONLY

Students from other institutions and Colleges will need to first apply through OUAC. Once the University’s Student UWinsite access is approved, then submit/upload the application package. .

 

SUBMISSION OF REFERENCE LETTERS FOR EXTERNAL/TRANSFER APPLICANTS

Steps to submit referral letter for EXTERNAL/TRANSFER application ONLY:

  1. Referee’s email their letter directly to the University of Windsor Office of the Registrar by sending it to transcripts@uwindsor.ca
  2. The email should have the following subject line:  “BSW Reference Letter – Student # XXXXXXXXX – Student First Name Last Name” (e.g. BSW Reference Letter – Student # 123456789 – Jane Doe”.  Failure to properly label the reference letter may lead to an incomplete application. 
  3. The preferred format for submission would be an attached PDF file to the email with an electronic signature. 
  4. The referees full contact information should be on the letter so they can be reached for verification.  Additionally, the full student name and student number should appear on the reference letter as well. 
  5. The contact information provided should match the sending email, preferably the references professional contact information versus personal. 

This process above is only for the submission of reference letter.

Applicants need to provide the details to their referee on how to submit the reference letter and the copy of the referral form. It is still each external/ transfer applicant’s personal responsibility for submitting the rest of the application to Registrar’s Office via Student UWinsite portal.

Again, this is only for those who are using the external/transfer application.  If you have any questions, contact bsw@uwindsor.ca

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Qualifying for Admission to the Professional Years
  2. Admissions to Honours Bachelor of Social Work Years 3 and 4
  3. Assessment of the Application
  4. Equity Admissions
  5. Offers of Admission
  6. Study Plan (MUST accompany your application - two-year program applicants are excluded)

The Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a professional degree preparing graduates for entry into the profession of social work. It qualifies graduates to apply for registration as a registered social worker in the province of Ontario and is generally accepted as professional certification throughout the developed world.

1. Qualifying for Admission to the Professional Years

Students enrolled at the University of Windsor in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may choose Social Work as their major. Such students are considered to be pre-social work students and are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the activities and governance of the School of Social Work, including the Social Work Student Association.

Students may also apply to the 2-year degree completion program if they have a 3-year or 4-year university degree, or if they have a diploma from any Ontario Child and Youth Care (CYC) Program. See below for details.

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2. Admissions to Honours Bachelor of Social Work Years 3 and 4

Pre-Social Work Students in the 4-year Program

In order to continue into the professional years of the social work program, students must apply to the School of Social Work on or before the application deadline in their second year. In order to be assessed for admission, students must have completed or be in a position to complete the twenty pre-requisite courses by September (this allows students to complete courses over inter- and summer session). Students who have not completed the required courses are assessed, but any offer of admission is conditional upon completing the courses and maintaining the appropriate grades.

Students must have achieved a (minimum) cumulative average of 67% and a (minimum) major average of 70%. Please note that these averages only reflect the minimum requirements and that actual admission averages are usually 5%-7% higher.

Students Applying to the 2-Year Program

As with students in the 4-year program, students who wish to apply to the 2-year degree completion program must apply on or before the application deadline.

Students with an undergraduate degree must have a minimum cumulative average of 70% overall or over their last 20 courses, whichever is higher. The minimum GPA for Ontario CYC Program Graduates is 3.0 (or equivalent - excluding placement courses). There are no specific course requirements needed prior to application.

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3. Assessment of the Application 

Note: Students must meet the minimum grade requirements in order for the application to be assessed. 

  • Full time faculty members, in the School of Social Work, read, assess and score the application package.
  • The personal statement is assessed regarding the student’s clarity of expression, apparent written communication skills, their understanding of social work as a profession, their motivation for pursuing social work as a career and their ability to articulate what experiences have contributed to their interest in social work.
  • Each reference is assessed in terms of appropriate demonstration of skills and values related to Social Work practice. The assessment of these references is strengthened by accompanying written examples, from the referee, of how these skills or values have been demonstrated.
  • Finally, faculty members assessing the application may add to its assessment score based upon the amount and quality of volunteer or human service work experience reflected in the Work/Volunteer Experience Form.

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4. Equity Admissions

The School of Social Work at the University of Windsor has adopted an Educational Equity Policy that welcomes applications from Indigenous Peoples, persons with special health considerations or disabilities, members of visible minorities, and persons who identify as sexual minorities. Should you wish to self-identify as a member of one of these traditionally under-represented groups, please check off the appropriate category on the application.

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5. Offers of Admission

It is the intention of the School of Social Work to have assessed all applications received by the deadline by the end of April each year. This is a working timeline and subject to change. Therefore, we cannot project when initial offers of admission to the professional years (year 3) of the BSW program will be made.

Admissions are based upon ranking of the student’s application, using a formula which takes into account the cumulative average, major average, personal statement, references and past experience.

The School of Social Work establishes the number of admissions to be offered each year, based upon the available School and community resources. This number is expected to be between 90-100 for the foreseeable future.

Once the target number of admissions has been offered, the remaining applicants, who qualify for admission, are placed on a waiting list and offers are made to these students in rank order as vacancies occur. The School of Social Work will not disclose your position on the waiting list.

Admission to the professional program in Year 3 requires that students apply to the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline noted in the application. 

  • Minimum grade requirements must be met.
  • References must accompany the application.
  • Entry is for the next Fall term only and enrolment is limited.

Selection of candidates for admission will be based on grades, personal statement, work/volunteers exerience, and references. Years 3 and 4 require full-time study.

Applications from Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and other distinct groups are encouraged.

Volunteer and/or human service work experience is a definite asset.

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