Qualifying Year Admission Requirements (2017/18)

Bachelor degree (other than a BSW)

A completed DCS/DEC from CEGEP plus a minimum of a 90-credit or three year university degree, or, a high school diploma plus a minimu of a 120-credit or 4 year university degree prior to entry into the Qualifying year.  Transfer students are not eligible for application.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale

A cumulative grade point average (CPGA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

For more information on grading, please visit McGill Grading and Grade Point Averages

One year of full-time human service experience

This experience should meet the following requirements: 

  • Applicant's role involved direct contact with clients/client groups in a supportive and interactive role
  • Supervisor or service delivery coordinator can describe applicant's demonstrated ability for field work in a letter of reference
  • Experience amounts to approximately 1700 hours
  • Preferably accumulated in a public social service agency, community organization, school or hospital, rehabilityation or residential placement setting
  • Includes at least one experience spanning over 4 consecutive months
  • This experience can be volunteer, paid, internship

Prerequisite Course Requirements  [PLEASE NOTE REVISED DATE FOR COMPLETION OF PREREQUISITE COURSES]

  • Completed within the last 5 years OR by July 15 for a September start date, and at the university-level, the following two prerequisite 3-credit courses (no tutorials or reading courses accepted): Statistics, and Human Development Across the Lifespan. Applicants will be asked to upload their course outlines in their application on uApply. Below is a description of the content for each of these prerequisite courses
  • The School of Social Work is not able to review applicant's academic history in advance of an application. Applicants are asked to consult the website and use course descriptions, syllabi and other materials to complete the required forms to the best of their abilities. Successful applicants who are offered admission will be advised of any conditions of acceptance, which may include fulfilling any pre-requisite course requirements.
  • All international applicants to the QY Program are required to verify their degree equivalencies and eligibility for admission. Details can be found here.

Statistics Course Requirements

One 3-credit Statistics course that should include the following topics:

  • Variables, distributions, and scales
  • Summary statistics
  • Means, standard deviations, cross-tabs, and correlations
  • Test hypotheses using bivariate tests of significance
  • Confidence intervals
  • Bivariate tests of association: t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square
  • Graph data

Human Development Across the Lifespan Course Requirements

One 3-credit Human Development Across the Lifespan Course that should include the following topics:

  • The full span of life from pregnancy/birth to death; courses that concentrate on one phase of development (i.e., child or adolescent or adult development) are not accepted
  • Focuses on normative human development; courses that emphasize psychopathology are not accepted
  • Preferably, your course covers: theories of human development derived from some of the key scholars (Freud, Piaget, Bowlby, Erickson, Bandura, Kohlberg, Bronfenbrenner)
  • And an understanding of the various areas of development and their influence on one another: physical, affective, social, moral, and cognitive
  • As well as the ways in which gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, culture etc. may shape one’s development
  • Ideally, you should be able to identify developmental risk factors and developmental protective factors and apply the theoretical models to real life situations as a result of having taken this course.

 

Additional Admissions Information

  • Admission is only for the Fall Semester; if an applicant selects a term other than Fall, the University will not refund the application fee.
  • The language of instruction in the classroom is English, however, students are expected to be functional in French (comprehension, spoken, and written) for the field placement component of the program.

  • For students with little if any French capacity, a concurrent field placement is not possible. As an exception, the School of Social Work will secure a spring/summer block field placement out of province wherein French capacity is not expected. This study plan entails completing two terms of coursework two days of the week (12 hours per week of classes spanning 2 days from September to April) and a five day/week of field placement starting the first week in May and ending the third week in August. By completing a block placement in the spring/summer term, there may be implications for student aid and summer employment options. 
  • Any prospective candidate who wishes to discuss their French capacity further to determine if a block spring/summer field placement is required, please contact Francine Granner, QY/BSW Field Coordinator at 514- 398-4069 or by email at francine.granner [at] mcgill.ca For candidates who know that their French capacity would preclude them from a concurrent placement in Montreal please contact Tamara Sussman, Director of Field Education at 514- 398-2265 or by email at tamara.sussman [at] mcgill.ca.
  • The McGill School of Social does not accept Special Student applications.
  • The School of Social Work is not able to review applicant's academic history in advance of an application. Applicants are asked to consult the website and use course descriptions, syllabi and other materials to complete the required forms to the best of their abilities. Successful applicants who are offered admission will be advised of any conditions of acceptance, which may include fulfilling any pre-requisite course requirements.

  • International students must have the necessary Immigration Documents to study in Canada. Given the field placement requirements in our QY Program, international students must obtain a Co-Op/Internship Work Permit through the Canadian government, alongside their student visa. Students should also refer to the website for International Students at McGill .
  • All international applicants to the QY Program are required to verify their degree equivalencies and eligibility for admission. Details can be found here.
  • Some students might be required to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill School of Social Work. Please refer to the School of Social Work Language Policy for more information. 
  • The language of instruction for most courses at McGill University is English. Students do have the option to submit writing in French. For more information, please refer to the McGill Language Policy.

  • With McGill’s Aboriginal Admissions Protocol, Indigenous students can submit additional documentation that would be considered as part of their application to McGill. Prospective First Nations, Inuit, or Métis students should identify themselves as such when filling out their application, which allows them to take advantage. For more information, please visit the First People’s House website. Students can also contact the Indigenous Access McGill Program for support in applying.

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