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Qualifying Year Program (for Entry into the M.S.W.)

Applicants demonstrating academic excellence and prior human services experience are considered for admission to the Qualifying year of study in preparation for entry to the M.S.W. (non-thesis) program. The applicant's undergraduate record must meet the minimum general requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), which includes a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a high “B” standing in undergraduate studies.

Applicants are required to have completed a bachelor's degree (DCS/DEC from CEGEP plus a minimum of a 90-credit or three-year university degree, or a high school diploma plus a minimum of a 120-credit or four-year university degree) prior to entry into the Qualifying year. Applicants will have a minimum one year voluntary and/or paid social work/human service experience and will have fulfilled, by July 1st, the following prerequisites:

  • one 3-credit undergraduate Research Methods course*
  • one 3-credit undergraduate Statistics course
  • three 3-credit (9 credits total) Social Science courses
  • one 3-credit undergraduate course in human development

* Please note that a Research Methods course is preferably one in the social sciences. A grade less than B (minimum 70%) in research methodology will lessen the applicant's probability of admission. All transcripts will be reviewed on an individual basis by an academic adviser.

Applicants admitted into the “Qualifying” year for entry into the M.S.W. are immersed, over two terms of full-time study only, in coursework and field placement. This full-time Qualifying year of study is comprised of 15 credits per term. Candidates who secure a minimum B+ in all courses and fieldwork will apply and be recommended for admission to the M.S.W. (non-thesis option only). We accept applications into the Qualifying year for Fall admission only, and full-time study only, as this is an integrated program of study for the entire year that cannot be taken out of sequence.

For more information, please visit the School of Social Work website: www.mcgill.ca/socialwork.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2012-2013 (last updated Nov. 22, 2012) (disclaimer)