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BSW Application Instructions - Calgary

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BSW applications are now closed for Fall 2017 admission

Prospective students may now apply for fall entry into the Bachelor of Social Work program offered in Calgary or to the Bachelor of Social Work Virtual Learning Circles (VLC) online program.

March 1, 2017 (11:59 pm) is the deadline to apply for the BSW program (all locations). Your complete application must be received by the deadline. Neither you nor your referees will be able to modify electronic application materials or upload supporting documents after the deadline. All documents submitted become the property of the University of Calgary and will not be copied for or returned to you, nor will copies be sent to any other institution.


If you need to correct or update your referee contact information after the submission of your online University of Calgary application, please email bswinfo@ucalgary.ca and include your name, UCID, and the details of the changes to be made to the reference information (e.g. please specify which referee you want replaced and provide the name, job title, organization, phone number, and professional email address for the new referee). Once the information has been updated, you will receive a confirmation email.


Overview of the BSW Application Process – for applicants NEW to University of Calgary ONLY

Change of Program students (excluding Open Studies and Visiting Students) should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

  1. Access the online application
  2. Enter referee information
  3. Pay the application fee
  4. Request official transcripts
  5. Upload resume
  6. Upload essay

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Apply early! Do not wait until the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the online application, including the names and email addresses of their referees, well in advance of the application deadline. Once you submit the online application and pay the application fee, within 1-2 business days, you will receive an automatically generated email with information about your application. Supporting documents (resume and essay) can only be submitted online after receipt of this email. Similarly, system generated emails to referees will only be sent once the online application and application fee is submitted.

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

Access the Online Application

Change of Program students should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

If you are NOT a current University of Calgary student (including Open Studies and Visiting Students), complete and submit the University of Calgary Online Application at: https://iac01.ucalgary.ca/StudentAdmission/default.aspx.

Please consult the BSW Admission Requirements before applying.

The screenshot below shows the home page of the online application:

To access the application, you need a University of Calgary eID. Your eID includes a name and a password and will be your personalized, unique identification for access to various electronic processes and services at the University of Calgary.

If you have previously applied or attended the University of Calgary, use your already-assigned eID and select the first link. If you do not remember your eID or password or both, you must recover your account either at https://password.ucalgary.ca/ or call the IT Help Desk for assistance at (403) 220-5555 or 1 (888) 342-3802 during regular office hours. If you are new to the University of Calgary, create an eID by selecting the second highlighted link in the screenshot above or go to the following link: https://acctman.ucalgary.ca/register/.

Please record your eID (name and password) in a safe place as it will be important throughout your association with the University of Calgary. You will need your eID every time you access your online application form.

Current Open Studies or Visiting Students or former University of Calgary students will be asked for their University of Calgary ID number. New applicants will be assigned a University of Calgary ID number. 

Double check all information before you submit your application. You will not be able to make any changes after submission of your application.

To view the status of your application, sign onto the myUofC portal at https://my.ucalgary.ca using the eID selected when you first submitted your Application for Admission. 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 and outstanding application fee.

Note: BSW applicants are allowed to apply to only one of the program locations

Enter Referee Information

Change of Program students should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

All applicants must submit two references, one of which must be an academic reference (e.g., previous post-secondary instructor). 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.).

Applicants unable to submit an academic reference must submit a second professional reference from an individual who can comment on your academic abilities (e.g., someone who may have trained you in something new at work, or whom you have worked with on a new project that required learning, etc.) that might help you succeed in the program. Circumstances under which it might not be possible to find an academic reference include if you have been out of school for a long period of time or you are an international student and cannot contact previous instructors. You must also provide a rationale in the Program Specific Questions.

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 online application. Make sure they are willing to act as referees in support of your application. All referees must submit their references online by March 1, 2017. We recommend that you approach referees well in advance to ensure they can meet this deadline.

Process

You will be asked to enter the following information for two referees: name, job title, phone number, and professional email address in the online application. When entering the email address for your referees, it is imperative that you enter them CORRECTLY. If the email addresses are entered incorrectly, your referees will not receive the email with the reference submission instructions.

Upon submission of the application and fee payment, an email will be automatically sent to each of the referees. The email will contain instructions for accessing and completing the online reference form. Your referees will be asked to reflect on your academic ability and qualifications relative to the BSW program.

If you need to correct or update your referee contact information after the submission of your online University of Calgary application, please email bswinfo@ucalgary.ca and include your name, UCID, and the details of the changes to be made to the reference information (e.g. please specify which referee you want replaced and provide the name, job title, organization, phone number, and professional email address for the new referee). Once the information has been updated, you will receive a confirmation email.

Pay the Application Fee

Change of Program students should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable application fee with each application.

The non-refundable application fee is:

  • CDN $125
  • CDN $145 for applicants who present non-Canadian credentials

You can pay your application fee electronically by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) as part of the online application. Alternatively, you can pay the application fee by mailing a money order or micro encoded cheque, made payable to the University of Calgary. Record your application reference number on your money order or cheque and mail it to:

University of Calgary
Admissions Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Note: Your application will not be processed until the application fee has been paid/received.

March 1, 2017 is the deadline to apply to the BSW program.

Request Official Transcripts

Change of Program students should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

All applicants must submit ONE set of official transcripts to the Admissions Office at the University of Calgary from high school and all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of courses taken and the amount of time spent there. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution.

IMPORTANT: If you have attended an Alberta high school or an Alberta post-secondary institution which participates with ApplyAlberta, the University of Calgary will request your transcripts on your behalf.

Applicants with a completed university degree are not required to submit high school transcripts.

To obtain high school transcripts from outside Alberta, applicants must contact:

  • In British Columbia - Ministry of Education Transcripts
  • In Saskatchewan - Student Services Saskatchewan Learning
  • In other provinces, contact the last high school you attended to request submission of your official high school transcript directly to the University of Calgary Admissions Office.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit their complete application, including submission of official transcripts, as early as possible. The faculty will begin reviewing completed applications and issuing offers of admission earlier than the posted deadlines.

Transcripts in a language other than English

If the original transcripts (and the degree certificates) are in a language other than English, you must have one official set in the original language delivered to the address provided below. A second official sealed set must be provided to a certified translator. The translator must provide a word-for-word translation of the transcript and notarize the translation. The notarized translation and the original transcript should be forwarded to the address provided below.

Official Transcripts (and, if applicable, notarized translations) must be sent directly from the issuing institution to:

University of Calgary
Admissions Office
MB 117, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Transcript Deadlines:

March 15, 2017: Deadline for official sealed transcripts (and degree certificates, if applicable) from each post-secondary institution attended outside of the University of Calgary reporting all completed coursework up to and including Fall 2016 term, and any in-progress Winter/Spring/Summer courses; as well as, official high school transcript(s) for applicants without a completed degree. This deadline also pertains to official documents such as English test scores, if required.

June 1, 2017: Deadline for domestic students (residing in Canada or the US) to submit official sealed transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended outside of the University of Calgary reporting all completed coursework up to and including the Winter 2017 term.

The deadline does not refer to the post-marked date; transcripts need to arrive at the appropriate place by the deadline.

Upload Resume of Work and Volunteer Experience

Change of Program students should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

For detailed instructions on uploading your resume, please click here.

Hard copy resumes will NOT be accepted.

Resume Format

Upload 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.

Upload Essay

Change of Program students should follow the BSW Application Instructions available at: http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/calgary/prospective-students/bachelor-social-work-bsw/cop.

For detailed instructions on uploading your essay, please click here.

Hard copy essays will NOT be accepted.

Upload 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 writing format).

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

Application Evaluation

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their completed application as soon as possible. Use the Bachelor of Social Work Application Checklist to ensure that your application is complete.

Both the Faculty of Social Work and the University of Calgary Admissions Office evaluate your application for admission. 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

Based on our evaluation, the Faculty of Social Work will make a recommendation to the University Admissions Office by mid-April or early May providing all transcripts, including a current transcript showing your fall grades (if applicable), have been received. You will be notified of the Faculty's recommendation.

The Admissions Office has final authority to admit students to the university; consequently, the formal offer of admission will come from the University Admissions Office pending verification of your grade point average and completion of the required number of courses for admission. This process normally takes several weeks.

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

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.

Upcoming Events: FSW Calgary

Date & Time:
May 2, 2017 - May 4, 2017

Three-day development event May 2-4 features keynote on building connections by Werklund prof Michele Jacobsen