BSW Application Procedures

Application Procedures (for all students except Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfer Students)

Deadlines 

Applicants Categories
Online Application
Firm Deadline
Supporting Documents
Firm Deadline

Quebec CEGEPS

March 1 March 7

Transfers from a university or college outside of Canada

January 15 May 1

Transfers from a university in Canada

May 1 May 1
Mature Students May 1 May 1

Submit McGill University Admissions Application online. For a step-by-step guide on how to apply, click here. You will receive an email acknowledgment within 48 hours after submitting your application.  The login information provided in the email will allow you to access your Minerva account to view your application status and upload supporting documents.  It is your responsibility to verify your status and ensure the completion of your application.

Procedures:

  1. Upload required supporting documents through Minerva—for detailed instructions, click here.

  2. Referees submit letters of reference.  See below.

Supporting Documents to Upload by Applicant

Social Work Written Submission (single Word document uploaded on Minerva under the checklist item "Social Work Written Submission"), which includes the following three distinct items:

  • BSW CV Form (no other CV format accepted): We are interested in knowing about your experiences that you consider to be ‘related’ and ‘relevant’ to social work. In chronological order, beginning with the most recent entry, provide an accurate and thorough description of social work-related paid (P), volunteer (V), or field placement (FP) experience. For each entry, identify beginning and ending dates with month and year. It is incumbent upon you to accurately report the total number of hours for each entry in the work experience section.
  • A Personal Statement: Single-spaced and not more than 600 words (word count required by applicant) please describe why you are interested in becoming a social worker and how aspects of your own identity and/or your past experiences (personal, academic, volunteer and/or work) have contributed to your interest in social work. Reflect on what you have learned from these past experiences that make you a good candidate for social work. If you have worked in other disciplines, please discuss the reasons for this change.
  • An Analysis of a Social Problem: Single-spaced and not more than 600 words (word count required by applicant), please present your analysis of a social problem as follows: Building on your personal statement, identify a relevant social issue. Discuss what you consider to be some of the contributing factors to this social issue and why you think this social issue is relevant to the profession of social work. Reflect on the attributes, skills, and values you possess that contribute to your abilities to address this social issue and the attributes, skills, and values you would like to develop to strengthen your ability to address this social issue.

Transcripts: For the purpose of admission review, please upload an unofficial transcript. Only if you are admitted will McGill need your final, official transcript (including final marks and confirmation of your graduation), see details here.

Extenuating Circumstances: Applicants with a CGPA of less than 3.0, or R-Score below 26.0, must submit a statement outlining any special factors or circumstances that may have affected previous academic performance. Applicants must (1) upload a descriptive statement (maximum two pages) describing the nature and chronology of the circumstances, their impact on academic record and readiness to undertake university study and (2) upload documentation to substantiate your statement; such as, a letter or summary from a physician, school counsellor, psychologist, trainer or social worker, or a death certificate (maximum two pages). For further details, please refer to https://www.mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional#extenuating-circums.

Supporting Documents to Send by Email

Two Letters of Reference from individuals who have direct knowledge of your performance in a helping capacity or your potential in the field of social work. These letters must be signed, on letterhead, and submitted electronically by referees.

FOR CEGEP, UNIVERSITY TRANSFER (INCLUDING McGILL GRADUATES), MATURE, FRENCH/INT’L BACCALAUREATE, letters of reference are submitted to officialschooldocs [at] mcgill.ca with the email Subject: BSW Reference letter, student last name, referee last name.

Referees should address:

  • How long and in what capacity has the referee known you?
  • What were your responsibilities or roles as delineated by the referee?
  • What are your strengths and limitations in a professional program in social work from the referee’s perspective?

Admission Decisions

Decisions on applications are made only after receipt of all documents.  Normally, BSW applicants are notified by mid-June on Minerva (please check regularly for status notifications). Applicants accept or decline the offer of admission through Minerva.

All accepted applicants must meet with an academic advisor.  Instructions on advising and registration will be sent to students in June.

 

 

Application Procedures (for Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfer Students)

Deadlines

 

Online Application - Firm Deadline

 

May 1

 

 

Supporting Documents - Firm Deadline

 

May 1

 

Procedures

  1. Submit an Electronic Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfer Application through Minerva. The online application will be available March 1 and must be submitted by May 1.

  2. Submit BSW required supporting documents directly to undergraduate.socialwork [at] mcgill.ca by May 1st.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete by the firm deadline.

If returning to studies at McGill University after an interruption of one term or more, students must fill in the electronic Readmission Application and indicate in the appropriate area they wish to transfer. A summary of activities during the absence should be included in the comments section of the form.

Supporting Documents for Applicant to Send by Email to: undergraduate.socialwork [at] mcgill.ca

Social Work Written Submission (single Word document sent by email to undergraduate.socialwork [at] mcgill.ca with email Subject: Social Work Written Submission, applicant last name), which includes the following three distinct items:

  • BSW CV Form (no other CV format accepted): We are interested in knowing about your experiences that you consider to be ‘related’ and ‘relevant’ to social work. In chronological order, beginning with the most recent entry, provide an accurate and thorough description of social work-related paid (P), volunteer (V), or field placement (FP) experience. For each entry, identify beginning and ending dates with month and year. It is incumbent upon you to accurately report the total number of hours for each entry in the work experience section.
  • A Personal Statement: Single-spaced and not more than 600 words (word count required by applicant) please describe why you are interested in becoming a social worker and how aspects of your own identity and/or your past experiences (personal, academic, volunteer and/or work) have contributed to your interest in social work. Reflect on what you have learned from these past experiences that make you a good candidate for social work. If you have worked in other disciplines, please discuss the reasons for this change.
  • An Analysis of a Social Problem: Single-spaced and not more than 600 words (word count required by applicant), please present your analysis of a social problem as follows: Building on your personal statement, identify a relevant social issue. Discuss what you consider to be some of the contributing factors to this social issue and why you think this social issue is relevant to the profession of social work. Reflect on the attributes, skills, and values you possess that contribute to your abilities to address this social issue and the attributes, skills, and values you would like to develop to strengthen your ability to address this social issue.

Transcripts for advanced standing, university/college transfer credits, and course exemptions: If you received advanced standing or transfer credits/exemptions for exams or studies at other universities and you fall under any category below, you must arrange to have official transcripts sent to undergraduate.socialwork [at] mcgill.ca. To be considered "official", transcripts must be sent to the School directly from your current faculty office or from the host university where you studied. If sent from your faculty office a certified photocopy is sufficient. NB: McGill and CEGEP transcripts are not required.

  • you studied at another university prior to, or during studies in your current faculty;
  • you will be taking courses at another university during the upcoming summer term;
  • you interrupted your studies and during your absence completed courses at another university.

Extenuating Circumstances: Applicants with a CGPA of less than 3.0 must submit a statement outlining any special factors or circumstances that may have affected previous academic performance. Applicants must (1) email a descriptive statement (maximum two pages) describing the nature and chronology of the circumstances, their impact on academic record and readiness to undertake university study and (2) email documentation to substantiate your statement; such as a letter or summary from a physician, school counsellor, psychologist, trainer or social worker, or a death certificate (maximum two pages). For further details, please refer to https://www.mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional#extenuating-circums.

Supporting Documents for Referee to Send by Email

Two Letters of Reference from individuals who have direct knowledge of your performance in a helping capacity or your potential in the field of social work. These letters must be signed, on letterhead, and submitted electronically by referees.

FOR INTER/INTRA-FACULTY TRANSFERS (McGILL), letters of reference are submitted to undergraduate.socialwork [at] mcgill.ca with the email Subject: BSW Reference letter, student last name, referee last name.

Referees should address:

  • How long and in what capacity has the referee known you?
  • What were your responsibilities or roles as delineated by the referee?
  • What are your strengths and limitations in a professional program in social work from the referee’s perspective?

Admission Decisions

Decisions on applications are made only after receipt of all documents. Normally, BSW applicants are notified by mid-June on Minerva (please check regularly for status notifications). Applicants accept or decline the offer of admission through Minerva.

All accepted applicants must meet with an academic advisor. Instructions on advising and registration will be sent to students in June.

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