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School of Social Work (2018/2019)
5.3 Admission Requirements
5.3.1 First Degree Program
  1. To be considered for admission to the First Degree Bachelor of Social Work program, applicants must have:

    1. achieved an average of at least 65% in the courses comprising the last 30 credit hours of undergraduate study attempted by the end of the Winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought and for which a numeric grade has been assigned;

    2. completed the 30 credit hours of required prerequisite courses outlined below by the end of the Winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought and must have achieved a minimum grade of 65% in each of these required prerequisite courses. These courses and credits must have been taken at Memorial University of Newfoundland or accepted for transfer credit from a recognized university or university college. The 30 credit hours of required prerequisite courses are:

      • 3 credit hours for Social Work 1710

      • 18 credit hours from the Complementary Studies courses selected for each Learning Objective listed in Table 1 Complementary Studies. Courses are counted only once even if they are listed for more than one Learning Objective or cross-listed with another department. Applicants are encouraged to select Complementary Studies courses with numbers that correspond to their current year of study. The exceptions are courses listed for Learning Objective One and Learning Objective Three. The required credit hours are as follows:

        • Learning Objective One: 6 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Two: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Four: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Five: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Six: 3 credit hours

      • 9 additional credit hours chosen from the approved courses listed for the Complementary Studies Learning Objectives Two to Six.

    3. completed a minimum of 60 hours of verified work experience/volunteer experience and/or community involvement in human services.

  2. Applicants will be ranked according to their academic performance in addition to other criteria used in the selection process. For further details, please refer to the School of Social Work's website.

  3. Applicants who complete any Complementary Studies courses listed for Year 2 and Year 3 of Table 2 Bachelor of Social Work (as a First Degree) prior to admission and receive a grade of less than 65% in these courses will be required, following admission, to repeat the courses or take other courses that meet the same Learning Objective(s) according to Program Regulations and achieve a minimum grade of 65% in each course.

5.3.2 Second Degree Program

The Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree is a 60 credit hour program intended for candidates who have completed a university degree, the required prerequisite courses, meet the academic performance requirements, and have verified work experience/volunteer experience and/or community involvement in human services.

  1. To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree, applicants must have:

    1. been awarded a Bachelor’s degree, or been approved (by the end of the Winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought) for the award of a Bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland;

    2. achieved an average of at least 70% in the courses comprising the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study attempted by the end of the Winter semester for the year in which admission is being sought and for which a numeric grade has been assigned;

    3. completed the 30 credit hours of required prerequisite courses outlined below by the end of the Winter semester proceeding the academic year in which admission is being sought and must have achieved a minimum grade of 70% in each of these required prerequisite courses. These courses and credits must have been taken at Memorial University of Newfoundland or accepted for transfer credit from a recognized university or university college. The 30 credit hours of required prerequisite courses are:

      • 3 credit hours for Social Work 1710

      • 21 credit hours from the Complementary Studies courses selected for each Learning Objective listed in Table 1 Complementary Studies. Courses are counted only once even if they are listed for more than one Learning Objective. The required credit hours are as follows:

        • Learning Objective One: 6 credit hours or 6 credit hours in English

        • Learning Objective Two: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Three: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Four: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Five: 3 credit hours

        • Learning Objective Six: 3 credit hours

      • 3 additional credit hours chosen from the approved courses listed for the Complementary Studies Learning Objectives Two to Six;

      • 3 additional credit hours from Psychology courses listed in Learning Objective Two;

    4. completed a minimum of 300 hours of verified work experience/volunteer experience and/or community involvement in human services.

  2. Applicants will be ranked according to their academic performance in addition to other criteria used in the selection process. For further details refer to the School of Social Work website.

5.3.3 Acceptance Procedures for Admission
  1. Applicants for the First Degree program and the Second Degree program will normally be notified of admission decisions by the end of June. Approved applicants for the Bachelor of Social Work degree will be admitted in the Fall semester only.

  2. The School of Social Work will not defer any admissions to the First or Second Degree programs.

5.3.4 Admission Following Voluntary Withdrawal
  1. A student who voluntarily withdraws from the program can apply as a new applicant to the School of Social Work in accordance with Calendar requirements for the year in which admission is being sought.

  2. If the application is accepted, and the time since the last successfully completed course(s) in a BSW Program of Study is fewer than three years, then the Committee on Undergraduate Studies will review and determine what, if any, courses need to be repeated. If the time since the last successfully completed course(s) in a BSW Program of Study is three years or greater, then the student will be required to repeat previously completed Social Work courses and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies will review and determine what, if any, Complementary Studies courses will need to be completed as listed under the Program Regulations for the Social Work program.

  3. The semester in which a student can register for Social Work courses depends on the availability of seats.

5.3.5 Admission Following Promotion Denied
  1. A student who is denied promotion can apply as a new applicant to the School of Social Work in accordance with Calendar requirements for the year in which admission is being sought.

  2. If the application is accepted, and the time since the last successfully completed course(s) in a BSW Program of Study is fewer than three years, then the Committee on Undergraduate Studies will review and determine what, if any, courses need to be repeated. If the time since the last successfully completed course(s) in a BSW Program of Study is three years or greater, then the student will be required to repeat previously completed Social Work courses and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies will review and determine what, if any, Complementary Studies courses will need to be completed as listed under the Program Regulations for the Social Work program.

  3. The semester in which a student can register for Social Work courses depends on the availability of seats.

  4. A student who is denied promotion and required to withdraw from the program a second time will not be eligible for future admission to the program.