BSW Application Procedures

 

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

Deadlines 

Applicants Online Application

Required

Documents

Quebec CEGEPS

March 1 April 15

Transfers from a university or college outside of Canada

January 15 May 15

Transfers from a university in Canada

May 1 May 15
Mature Students May 1 May 15

Procedures

  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.

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

  3. Referees submit letters of recommendation. 

The School of Social Work supports diversity and encourages applications from a wide variety of people, including members of minority groups and individuals with low income. All applications to the BSW program must include the following Supporting Documents: (1) a single PDF with CV form, Personal Statement and Analysis of Social Problem; (2) transcripts; (3) extenuating circumstances only for applicants with a CGPA of less than 3.0; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

Supporting Documents to Upload by Applicant

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

  • Curriculum Vitae: A detailed CV identifying work experience including name/address of organizations, name/phone number of supervisors, positions held, main responsibilities, start and end dates, and total number of hours. Applicants must use the BSW CV form.  Click CV form.
  • A Personal Statement, single-spaced, not more than 500 words (word count required at end by applicant) in which you describe your interest in social work and its development, how your past experiences contributed to this interest, what you learned from your past experiences that make you a good candidate for social work, and your particular area of practice interest.  Please refer to the Personal Statement & Social Problem Guidelines.
  • An Analysis of a Social Problem, single-spaced, not more than 500 words (word count required at end by applicant) in which you discuss an important social issue, its causes, who is affected by this problem, and how you think social work might respond and what variety of interventions might be implemented by social workers. Please refer to the Personal Statement & Social Problem Guidelines.

Transcripts:  For the purpose of admission review, please upload an unofficial transcript.  Only once admitted will you need to provide a final, official transcript (sent to Enrolment Services by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution).

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) 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://mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional#extenuating-circums.

Supporting Documents sent by mail or delivered in person

Two social work related confidential Letters of Recommendation sent by mail or delivered in person.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation 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 mailed in sealed envelopes. They should provide answers to the following questions: 
    • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? 
    • What were the applicant's responsibilities or role? 
    • What are the applicant's strengths and limitations in a professional program in social work

Letters Sent By Mail:

Enrolment Services
Management of Academic Records Unit
McGill University
3415 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C8 Canada

Letters Delivered In Person:

Enrolment Services
Service Point
McGill University
3415 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C8 Canada

 

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 Intra/Inter-Faculty Transfer Students)

Deadlines

Online Application  May 1
Required Documents May 15

Procedures

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

  2. Submit BSW Program Required Documents directly to the McGill School of Social Work by May 15th.

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 the wish to transfer. A summary of activities during the absence should be included in the comments section of the form.

 

The School of Social Work supports diversity and encourages applications from a wide variety of people, including members of minority groups and individuals with low income. All applications to the BSW program must include the following Supporting Documents: (1) a single PDF with CV form, Personal Statement and Analysis of Social Problem; (2) transcripts; (3) extenuating circumstances only for applicants with a CGPA of less than 3.0; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

Required Documents to be Submitted by Applicant

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

  • Curriculum Vitae: A detailed CV identifying work experience including name/address of organizations, name/phone number of supervisors, positions held, main responsibilities, start and end dates, and total number of hours. Applicants must use the BSW CV form. Click CV form.

  • Personal Statement Please refer to the Personal Statement & Social Problem Guidelines.

  • An Analysis of a Social Problem, single-spaced, not more than 500 words (word count required at end by applicant) in which you discuss an important social issue, its causes, who is affected by this problem, and how you think social work might respond and what variety of interventions might be implemented by social workers. Please refer to the Personal Statement & Social Problem Guidelines.

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 the School of Social Work. 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.

  • 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) 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://mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/documents/additional#extenuating-circums.

Two social work related confidential Letters of Recommendation sent by mail or delivered in person.

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation 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 mailed in sealed envelopes. They should provide answers to the following questions:
    • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
    • What were the applicant's responsibilities or role?
    • What are the applicant's strengths and limitations in a professional program in social work

All documents should be sent to:

School of Social Work
c/o BSW Intra/Inter-Faculty Transfer Applications
McGill University
3506 University Street, Room 300
Montreal, QC H3A 2A7

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.