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BSW Change of Program Application Instructions

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Applications for Fall 2017 open Monday, October 3, 2016

Application Deadline for Current University of Calgary Change of Program Students (excluding Open Studies and Visiting Students):  February 1, 2017

Faculty of Social Work Application Package Submission Deadline:
March 1, 2017

Overview of the BSW Change of Program Application Process

  1. Request a Change of Program in the myUofC Student Centre
  2. Apply to the Faculty of Social Work
  3. Compile your work and volunteer experience
  4. Write an essay
  5. Request two letters of reference
  6. Submit your application

Read and follow these instructions carefully to ensure your application is submitted successfully. The BSW admission committee requires documents that are complete, thorough, and professionally presented.

Use the Bachelor of Social Work Application Checklist to ensure that your application is complete.

Change of Program Request

Current University of Calgary students must log on to myUofC and click on the Change of Program link, available in their Student Centre, and provide the required information by February 1, 2016 (excluding Open Studies and Visiting Students).

To view the status of your application, sign onto the myUofC portal at using your eID. Select 'Student Centre'. Under the admissions tab, near the bottom of the screen, you will see the status of your application. Please rely on your 'To Do List’ located in the top right of your 'Student Centre' to verify any outstanding supporting documents.

Faculty of Social Work Application Form

Download and complete the BSW Application Form. In addition to this paper-based form, your faculty application package includes a resume, essay, and two references, which are described in the next few steps.

Applicants are allowed to apply to only one of the program locations as indicated on the paper-based application form.

Work and Volunteer Experience

Resume Format
Submit a resume that describes your previous education, and your volunteer and employment experience. Your resume should include all volunteer and work experience that you consider to be relevant, and should not be limited to only recent experience. Please indicate the number of hours (even if approximate) you spent in each volunteer/employment experience. If you hold a previous diploma or degree that included practicum(a) or internships, please list these separately from paid and volunteer employment.

Social Services Experience
The Faculty of Social Work defines social services experience, either paid employment or volunteer work, as organized activities, interventions, or some other elements that reflect policies and programs responding to recognized social problems/needs or to improve the well-being of those at risk. (Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Social Work).
Examples include paid and/or volunteer experience in a recognized government, non-profit, or social service agency such as:

  • Group home/residential worker
  • Crisis line volunteer
  • Camp counsellor with children and youth
  • Teacher's assistant
  • Hospital volunteer
  • Research assistant in human services research
  • Overseas social development experience
  • Child welfare worker (protection, guardianship, policy analyst)
  • Counsellor in a non-profit agency
  • Case manager in hospital and/or health and/or mental health setting
  • Social planning in a municipal setting
  • Teacher

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Applicants can make a case for special considerations of particular life, volunteer, or work experience if they can indicate connections to social work.


Submit an essay of approximately 5 pages, double-spaced, in total length (excluding the title page and bibliography).
Within the essay:

  • Describe your reasons for applying to the BSW program (approximately 2 pages in length). This should be a personal essay about you, written in the first person.
  • Connect your reasons with a discussion and analysis of a social problem (approximately 3 pages in length). This part of your essay should follow proper academic format, including the use of references (e.g. APA or another well-known academic format). 

The essay will be evaluated for clarity, content, and writing ability.

Letters of Reference

All Change of Program applicants use the BSW Reference Form to obtain two references from two different professionals, one of whom must be an academic referee (e.g., previous instructor from a post-secondary institution). The other should be from someone who is qualified to comment on your suitability for undergraduate studies in social work (e.g., employment supervisors, practicum supervisors, professionals, elders, etc.)

Selecting a referee

An appropriate reference is one written by an individual who can provide an assessment of the applicant's background and capabilities with respect to the BSW program. A reference from a non-academic source must come from a person who has had direct supervisory experience of the applicant.

References from friends, family members, and colleagues are not acceptable. Please discuss reference provision with your potential referees prior to submitting your application. Make sure they are willing to act as referees in support of your application. All referees must submit their references by March 1, 2017. We recommend that you approach referees well in advance to ensure they can meet this deadline.


Applicants must provide their referees the BSW Reference Form. Referees must return the completed BSW Reference Form to the applicant. To be considered official, letters of reference must bear the referee's original signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature across the seal.

Faculty Application Submission

Collect and submit your Faculty of Social Work BSW application form (paper-based), essay, resume and reference letters in ONE PACKAGE to the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary prior to the application deadline, March 1, 2017. The deadline does not refer to the post-marked date; your complete application needs to arrive at the appropriate faculty office by the deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their completed application (Change of Program request and Faculty of Social Work application package) as soon as possible.

The mailing addresses by program location are:

BSW Calgary or BSW Virtual Learning Circles (Online)
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Attention: Student Services
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB T2N 1N4

BSW Edmonton or BSW Grande Prairie or BSW Red Deer
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Central and Northern Alberta Region
Attention: Student Services
3-250, 10230 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 4P6

BSW Lethbridge
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Southern Region
Attention: Student Services
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

Applicants should consult their ‘To Do List’ and application status in their myUofC Student Centre regularly for information regarding their application.

Application Evaluation

The Faculty of Social Work will evaluate your application based on the following criteria:

  1. Grade Point Average
  2. Relevant work and volunteer experience
  3. Admission essay
  4. Two letters of reference

Enrolment in the BSW program is limited; not all qualified applicants are admitted. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants compete for admission based on the criteria described in the University of Calgary Calendar.

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