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Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)


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Admission


Enrolment in this program is limited. Eligibility is dependent upon completion of an undergraduate degree from a recognized university, including a total of six units of introductory Social Work or introductory Sociology and six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List below (or equivalent) Students who are interested in the B.S.W. (post degree) are strongly encouraged to take both SOCWORK 1AA3  and SOCWORK 1BB3  during their first degree. Students are also encouraged to take INDIGST 1A03 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies  , in their first degree, as completion of this course will be required for completion of the B.S.W. To be considered for admission, students must normally have a minimum average of 6.0 on the most recent 30 units (five full credits) of university-level courses completed and evidence of personal suitability which may be evaluated by one or a combination of written statements, tests or interviews.

Course List


Admission Notes


  1. Students who have successfully completed the two-year College of Applied Arts and Technology Social Services Diploma with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (75%) are considered to have completed the equivalent of SOCWORK 1AA3  and SOCWORK 1BB3 . Students who have successfully completed this diploma with a cumulative average of 3.4 - 4.0 (85%-100%) are not required to complete six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List above to be eligible for admission.
  2. An applicant is required to complete the prerequisite undergraduate degree work by April of the year in which application is made.
  3. Aboriginal students (includes First Nations, Métis & Inuit) may select an alternate application process. Those who wish to do so should consult the School of Social Work for details.
  4. Enrolment in the B.S.W. program is limited. Students who intend to apply to the B.S.W. program must follow the application instructions as found on the School of Social Work website: http://www.socialwork.mcmaster.ca. Applicants must also apply to the University.
  5. All applications for admission to the School of Social Work are considered annually and must be made directly to the School well before March 1 for the Fall/Winter term.

Two-Tier Applications


Individuals interested in the B.S.W. program must complete two application forms as follows:

General Application (February 1)

  1. If you wish to study full-time, you must complete the 105D on-line application form at http://www.ouac.on.ca/ or, if you are a McMaster graduate, obtain the McMaster Returning Student Application at http://future.mcmaster.ca/admission/process/returning.
  2. In order to allow adequate time for the processing of the General Application, applicants are advised to submit their applications by February 1.

Supplementary Application (March 1)

  1. Students must follow the application instructions as found on the School of Social Work web site:http://www.socialwork.mcmaster.ca.
  2. It is impossible to consider applicants whose Supplementary Application arrives after the March 1 deadline. Questions or concerns may be directed to the School of Social Work.

Program Notes


  1.  Course Groupings: There are two groups of courses in the Social Work program:
    • Foundation of Social Work. This category includes core courses which are required by social work students, most of which are available to social work students only. Exceptions to this include SOCWORK 2BB3  and SOCWORK 2CC3  which have a limited number of seats for undergraduates in a Labour Studies program and SOCWORK 4J03  which has a limited number of seats for undergraduates in a Labour Studies program and undergraduates in Level III or above of a non-Social Work/Labour Studies program who have completed SOCWORK 1AA3  or SOCWORK 1BB3 .
    • Social and Political Context of Social Work. Social Work students must take 3-9 units from the Social and Political Context of Social Work group of courses, depending on if INDIGST 1A03  - Introduction to Indigenous Studies, and Social Research methods were completed in the first degree. All Social and Political Context of Social Work courses except SOCWORK 4SA3  and SOCWORK 4SB3  are available for credit by undergraduates in the Labour Studies program and as elective credit for undergraduates in Level III or above of a non-Social Work/Labour Studies program who have completed SOCWORK 1AA3  or SOCWORK 1BB3 . Registration in SOCWORK 4SA3  and SOCWORK 4SB3  is restricted to Social Work students who have received permission of the School of Social Work. All Social and Political Context of Social Work courses have limited enrolment.

Foundation of Social Work

 Social and Political Context of Social Work

  1. Progression Within Program: Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in each of SOCWORK 2A06 A/B 2BB3 , 2CC3 , 3D06 A/B S , 3E03 , 3F03 , 4D06 A/B S , 4J03 , 4X03  and 4ZZ3 , a Pass in their field placements SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S  and 4DD6 A/B S , and a CA of at least 6.0. If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirements in these required social work courses or a Pass designation in either field placement (SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S  and 4DD6 A/B S ), the student may not proceed in the program; however, the student may make a request in writing to the Director of the School of Social Work to be allowed to repeat the course in which the minimum grade or Pass requirement has not been met. Such requests will be reviewed by the Director of the School of Social Work in consultation with the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and/or the Chair of the Field Education Program and the course instructor. These courses and/or placements may only be repeated when approval is given by the Director of the School of Social Work following consultation as described above. Students who subsequently fail to meet the minimum grade or Pass requirement after repeating the course or placement may not continue in the program.
  2. Students who have completed SOCWORK 2E03 but not 3A03 must take both SOCWORK 3E03  and 3F03  and reduce their selections from the Social and Political Context Group to 9 units (selection must still include SOCWORK 4J03 ). Those students who have taken SOCWORK 3A03 but not 2E03 must contact the School of Social Work for guidance on completion of program requirements.
  3. Students who were admitted to this program in 2017-2018 or later must complete INDIGST 1A03 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies . If this requirement was not completed prior to admission to the B.S.W. program, students must replace three units from the Social and Political Context of Social Work courses with INDIGST 1A03.
  4. Students must complete three units of Social Sciences Research Methods (e.g. SOCIOL 2Z03  or SOCPSY 2K03  or HLTHAGE 2A03 ). If this requirement was not completed prior to admission to the B.S.W. program, students must replace three units from the Social and Political Context of Social Work courses with a research methods course. A statistics course may not substitute for a research methods course.
  5. Graduation: To qualify for the B.S.W. students must complete a total of 60 units. The B.S.W will be granted only if the student has achieved a grade of at least C+ in each of SOCWORK 2A06 A/B , 2BB3 , 2CC3 , 3D06 A/B S , 3E03 , 3F03 , 4D06 A/B S , 4J03 4X03  and 4ZZ3 , a Pass in SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S  and 4DD6 A/B S , and a CA of at least 6.0.
  6. Students are expected to assume the cost of travelling to and from field practice agencies and for any related expenses.
  7. Students in the social work program must apply for third and fourth year field placements (SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S  and 4DD6 A/B S ), and are able to rank their placements in terms of preference. While efforts are made to match placements with student preferences, the final assignment of placement settings is constrained by many factors, including the availability of settings and field and faculty resources. Students may therefore be required to complete a field placement in an agency that is not among their preferred options.

Requirements


60 units total

3-9 units


  • from the Social and Political Context of Social Work courses (See Program Notes 4 and 5 above)

3 units


3 units


  • Social Sciences Research Methods. If requirement was completed prior to admission, these units must be chosen from the Social and Political Context of Social Work courses.
    (See Program Note 5 above.)

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