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Admission requirements include the successful completion of either a three-year or four-year undergraduate University degree (Bachelor of Arts or equivalent) with a B average and at least 6.0 units in the social sciences, including ten required prerequisite courses or their equivalents. Qualified applicants who possess a Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent), but who lack one or more of the prerequisite courses for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, may be eligible for conditional admission to the full-time or part-time program.

Successful conditional admission applicants will be given admission to the next available entry point to the Bachelor of Social Work program, conditional on successful completion of the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative overall average in the courses of at least 75%.

Entrance to the full-time program must be for the full academic year beginning in September. Entrance to the part-time program is available for September and January entry points.

Required Prerequisite Courses (or equivalents)

SDS 250R Social Statistics
SDS 251R Social Research
SOC 224R Poverty in Canada and its Social Consequences or SDS 312R Homelessness & Public Policy or SDS 331R Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Public Policy
SOCWK 120R Introduction to Social Work
SOCWK 220R Social Work with Individuals - Theory and Practice 1
SOCWK 221R Social Group Work
SOCWK 222R Community Organization 1
SOCWK 300R Canadian Social Welfare Policy
SOCWK 301RUnderstanding Diversity in Canada or PSYCH 349R Cross-Cultural Psychology or SDS 311R Public Policy and Native Peoples in Canada
SOCWK 321R Social Work with Families


  1. Once admitted to the BSW program, conditional admission students must register for the prerequisite courses using the SWREN designation.
  2. Applicants who have taken courses equivalent to the required prerequisite courses should submit all documentation for course equivalency evaluation, including official transcripts and full course outlines to the School of Social Work (SSW) Administrator and Student Services Manager (visit the School of Social Work - People page for contact information).
  3. Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient work and/or volunteer experience in the social services and personal suitability as evidenced by letters of reference and a personal statement. For further information contact the SSW Administrator and Student Services Manager (visit the School of Social Work - People page for contact information) or email Renison Social Work.

Application Deadlines

Visit the School of Social Work website for application deadlines.

Application Procedures

Whether applying for the full-time or part-time BSW program, all applications must be submitted through OUAC by using the School of Social Work application link.

For further information, contact the Renison Registrar's Office at 519-884-4404, ext. 28627.


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