Applicants seeking Admission to the MSW Programs must have:
Bachelor of Social Work
Don't have a BSW? Applicants must complete the Qualifying Year before applying to the MSW Non-Thesis Program. All international applicants to the MSW Programs are required to verify their degree equivalencies and eligibility for admission.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
For more information on grading, please visit McGill Grading and Grade Point Averages.
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 MSW 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.
Admission to the MSW/BCL/LLB Joint Degree Program
Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the MSW Non-Thesis program and the integrated BCL/LLB program. A negative response from one program does not mean an automatic refusal from the other. For the BCL/LLB joint degree program admission requirements, refer to the Faculty of Law MSW with integrated BCL/LLB degree site.
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. Please note that the School of Social Work has a limited number of field placements for students who are not functionally bilingual. Students without proficiency in French will have limited local options and will likely need to complete their field placement in an out-of-province setting in the spring/summer semester.
- 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 MSW Non-Thesis, Thesis, and MSW/BCL/LLB programs 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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