BSW Admissions - who can apply?

The School of Social Work aims to ensure that social workers are as diverse as the communities with which we work. Qualified applicants from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, people with disabilities, racialized people, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ+ people and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We invite applicants to share self-identifying information to be considered as one factor within the larger holistic review of the many excellent applicants to our BSW program. 

CEGEP or College Students         

  • Students who have completed a Diploma of College Studies or Diplome d’études collegiales (DEC) from CEGEP, college, or equivalent studies from another province. Please click here for more information.
  • Students with a completed Social Service Worker/Techniques de Travail Social DEC within the last 5 years are considered for advanced standing, normally comprised of 18 transfer credits. Exceptionally, they are eligible for up to an additional 9 credits to a maximum of 27 transfer credits in total. This advanced standing applies to students admitted as of Fall 2022 directly from CEGEP, transfers from another university, McGill graduates, and inter/intra-faculty transfers from within McGill who complete a Social Service Worker DEC within the last 5 years. Mature student applicants are not eligible for consideration for advanced standing.

French Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate Students

  • Students who will have completed a French Baccalaureate. Please click here for more information.
  • Students who will have completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Please click here for more information.

University Transfer Students (other universities or McGill graduates)

  • Students who have completed or will complete at least one year of studies at another university or who possess a completed degree with a minimum B average (3.0 CPGA).
  • A Quebec high school graduate who did not proceed to CEGEP but undertook one full year of university study outside Quebec may be admissible as a Transfer student (but will not receive transfer credits). If you fall into this category, you should consult the appropriate McGill University Admissions Office before applying to ensure that you possess a valid basis for admission.

Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfer Students (McGill University)

  • Students who transfer from an incomplete undergraduate program at McGill University with a minimum B average (3.00 CGPA).
  • Students in their freshman year (U0 of 4-year degree) must have completed a minimum of 24 credits by the end of the current winter term to be eligible to apply to transfer; the remaining 6 credits are to be completed in the first BSW term.
  • Please visit the Transfers or Readmission page for more information.

Mature Students

  • Students who do not possess a conventional basis of admission, such as a CEGEP diploma or university-level studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission
  • Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent residency aged 23 years of age or older at the time of registration
  • Applicants must have completed two prerequisite courses at the college or university level, each with a grade of B or higher. Complementary courses selected from the BSW Approved Disciplines qualify as prerequisites for admission for Mature students. Please see the BSW Approved Disciplines for Non-SWRK Complementary & Elective Courses. Note social work courses, language courses, and online courses do not qualify as prerequisites for the basis for admission.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed by May 1st of the year of application and within the last 3 years.
  • When admitted, Mature students cannot obtain transfer credits or advanced standing for the two prerequisite courses or any other courses completed prior to starting the BSW program.
  • For further details, click here.


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