Submitted by sconley on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 9:05am
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 application documents you submit to the faculty (your essay, resume, and letters of reference), and your official transcripts. 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 final Fall grades (if applicable), have been received. You will be notified of the Faculty's recommendation by email to the address you provided in your application. 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, and therefore, students are encouraged to arrange for their official transcripts to be forwarded to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. You should also check your Student Centre frequently for updates and information about your admissions status.
If you are a new University of Calgary student, March 1 is the final deadline for completion of online applications to the University of Calgary and submission of all application documents to the Faculty of Social Work. Current University of Calgary students must submit a Change of Program available in their Student Centre by February 1 and submit all application documents to the Faculty of Social Work by March 1. All dates are very firm; if all documents are not in the appropriate place by the deadline, your file will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Please note that the deadline does not refer to the post-marked date; documents need to arrive at the appropriate place by the deadline.
March 15 is the deadline for transcripts reporting all completed coursework up to and including Fall term, and any in-progress Winter/Spring/Summer courses. This deadline also pertains to official documents such as English test scores, if required.
- There is no set format, but many students tailor their resume for our program. Your resume should include any relevant work you’ve done in the human services field (volunteer or paid) and give us a good picture of who you are and what experience you will bring into the classroom. Volunteer or work experience can be from many years ago, it does not have to be only recent experiences.
- It is helpful to separate work from volunteer experience in your resume and to provide an indication of the extent of the experience by stating whether you were employed full-time or part-time, and for how many hours in total.
- There is no set number of hours of volunteer or work experience that you need to have, but please include all volunteer or work experience that you consider to be relevant.
- The essay should be in APA format or another recognized academic format, and double-spaced. For effective writing resources and instructions on APA format, please visit https://www.ucalgary.ca/ssc/writing_support/overview.
- The evaluators of your application will read only the first 5 pages of your essay, so there is no advantage to be gained by writing a longer essay. On the other hand, it is likely that you will need to use the full 5 pages to address the components of the essay and to provide a good indication of your ability to write an academic essay.
Students who have been out of school for a long time sometimes find it difficult to get an academic reference. In this case you must provide a rationale in the Program Specific Questions section of the online application. You should then try to get a reference from somebody who can comment on 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.
Students are not allowed to apply to more than one location. If a student is offered admission to a location, they are given admission to that location only and are not allowed to transfer unless “exceptional circumstances” arise. Please note that in most cases students are expected to complete their practicum(a) at the location to which they were offered admission.
Students who have a degree in addition to an Alberta Social Work Diploma, will be admitted under the PD route, so that they only have to complete 1 practicum. Normally, if credits from the degree transfer to the University of Calgary, they may be used to satisfy the non-social work courses required as part of the BSW. Contact your Student Advisor about this, as it may not be done automatically.
The University of Calgary offers a block credit for the first 2 years of the BSW degree to students with a completed social work diploma from an Alberta post-secondary institution that has a transfer agreement with the Faculty of Social Work. The Faculty does not have similar transfer agreements with colleges outside of Alberta; therefore, similar credit cannot be given. Usually a student is given 1 year (10 courses) of general credit for a social work diploma earned outside of Alberta, which will include SOWK 201. These 10 courses can be used to fulfill some of the requirements for the University Transfer route, but applicants will be required to present additional courses for admission.
A student who has a diploma in a field other than Social Work is usually given 1 year (10 courses) of credit for their diploma and they are only eligible for the University Transfer route. This information can be confirmed with the Admissions Office toll-free at 1-855-246-7625. Applicants would be required to present additional courses in order to meet the admission requirements for the University Transfer route.
We offer SOWK 201 online during the winter, spring and summer terms. For more information on our current offerings and how to apply, click here.
Students can check which courses transfer to the University of Calgary at www.transferalberta.ca.
- On the left hand side of the website, click on Transferring Between Post-Secondary Institutions.
- Select Online Search.
- Click on Transfer from Institution.
- Select the year you took the course or are planning to take the course.
- Select the Institution you took the course from or are planning to take the course from (Sending Institution).
- Select the University of Calgary from the drop down list as your Receiving Institution.
- Enter course name or code in the Keyword or Phrase text box.
Advanced credit must be requested in writing, at the time of the application. Students will not be given advanced credit for courses, unless there is social work specific content in that course.
You are required to submit one copy of your high school transcript to the Admissions Office, unless you have previously completed a degree. We will not look at your high school grades, but we check to see that you have successfully completed English 30-1 or its equivalent. If you have not completed English 30-1, it may be possible to use a university level English course in its place. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information toll-free at 1-855-246-7625.
Students are offered admission only for the year that they have applied for, and admission cannot be deferred. You will need to re-apply if you are offered admission one year but are unable to begin the program that year. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Students are encouraged to speak with a Student Advisor by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about how to improve their application for next year.
Yes, the Faculty of Social Work supporting documents must be submitted through the online application system during each admission cycle. We recommend that you save a PDF copy of your resume and essay to your personal computer or cloud for future use.
The Admissions Office will only keep transcripts on file for a limited amount of time. Please confirm with them if they have your most recent transcripts. If you have taken further courses since submitting your transcripts, please arrange to send new transcripts to the Admissions Office.
This is usually not done but may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the faculty at email@example.com for more information.