Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Questions:

Q: How do I apply?

A: The application for admission to programs offered by the School of Social Work is submitted online; current and returning Memorial University of Newfoundland applicants should apply using the Admissions menu within Memorial Self-Service. Applicants who are new to Memorial University of Newfoundland should follow the application instructions at www.mun.ca/undergrad/apply.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: The deadline for application for admission to both the First and Second Degree programs is March 1.

Q: Will I be considered for admission if my application is late or partially complete?

A: Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Q: What is a complete application?

A: A complete application includes:

  • an on-line application available on self-service with complete answers to all parts of the application (Deadline – March 1),
  • confirmation of 1 Letter of Appraisal from a Professional Referee received by March 30,
  • confirmation of verified hours (minimum of 60 for First Degree and minimum of 300 for second degree) by March 30,
  • completed pre-requisite courses by the end of the Winter semester with minimum average and grades achieved as outlined in the Admissions Requirements,
  • for students applying for other universities than Memorial – an interim transcript (March 30), final transcript (May 15), confirmation of degree (May 15 – second degree only).
  • for students requesting transfer credit evaluations - detailed course outlines/syllabi for transfer credit evaluation (April 15).

Q: What is the Educational Equity Initiative?

A: The School of Social Work strives to enrich its teaching, research and scholarship through the contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds with different attributes. However, for many applicants, institutional processes and cultural and racial differences exist which have presented barriers to learning.

In order to correct conditions of disadvantage in professional education, the School offers a minimum of 10% of seats in the First Degree program and the Second Degree program through our Educational Equity Initiative. Eligible applicants are persons who have met the minimum requirements for admission to the program and who self-identify as persons of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or blended ancestry (minimum of 5% of seats) and/or as members of an equity group (minimum of 5% of seats).

All applicants who wish to be considered for the Educational Equity Initiative must complete the appropriate section on the School of Social Work First Degree or Second Degree Application form. Applicants who self-identify as a person of First Nations, Inuit, Metis, or blended ancestry, and who wish to be considered for educational equity, are required to provide supporting documentation to the Office of the Registrar by March 1.

Q: When will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

A: Applicants will normally be notified of admission decisions by the end of June. Notification will be sent to the applicant's @mun.ca e-mail account.

Q: When does the program start?

A: Fall Semester (both First and Second Degree programs).

Q: How are the applications scored?

A: The Admissions Committee scores applicants based on Admissions Criteria, which includes an academic component (60% of score) and experience component (40% of score).

Experience Questions:

Q: What types of volunteer, work or community involvement/experience is recommended?

A: While we do not recommend a specific “experience” to applicants, experience can include any work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services that relates to social work.

You can include any experiences on your application that you wish to have considered when applying for admission to the BSW program.

To give you an idea of what we are looking for from applicants - experience can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • working and/or volunteering in a helping capacity which involve the use of self, relationship building, provision of support, education, advocacy or developing resources and/or working with individuals, families, groups, and/or community to promote social change
  • work which involves serving on community boards, committees, being a camp counsellor, volunteering with community programs, mentoring programs, working/volunteering with individuals, public awareness work, community capacity building.

Q: Does my experience have to be volunteer work?

A: No. Applicants can include experiences that are unpaid or paid.

Q: How many verified hours are required for admission?

For the First Degree program, applicants must have a minimum of 60 hours of verified work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services.

For the Second Degree program, applicants must have a minimum of 300 hours of verified work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services.

Q: How does the Admissions Committee score my experience?

A: When assessing experience, the Committee considers a variety of factors, including: relevance, richness of experience, influence, motivation, suitability, number of hours, and diversity.

Q: How are my hours verified and when is the deadline for verification?

A: Please check back in the Fall for an update on the admissions process for the 2019-20 admissions year.

Q: Is my experience considered if my hours are not verified?

A: No. Only verified experiences will be considered.

Q: How many letters of appraisal must I provide and who should provide my appraisal?

A: One letter of appraisal is required. The letter of appraisal must be from an individual who, by virtue of their professional position or membership in a community group, has directly supervised or mentored you and can comment on your suitability for social work.

Q: How to I arrange for my letter of appraisal to be sent and when is the deadline for receipt?

A: The letter of appraisal form will be located on our website when the 2019-20 admissions form is available.

Appraisals should be e-mailed directly to admiss.docs@mun.ca by the referee.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their letter is received– students can log on to self-service and check the status. The appraisal must be received by March 30.

Q: Will my application be assessed if my letter is not received by the Registrar’s Office by March 30?

A: If the letter of appraisal is not received by the deadline of March 30, the applicant will not be considered for admission.

Q: Is there is a personal statement or essay as part of the application?

A: The applicationincludes a section titled ‘personal statement.’ Applicants are required to answer one question (maximum of 500 words) indicating how their experiences influenced their decision to study social work.

Academic Questions:

Q: What are the prerequisite courses required for admission?

A: The prerequisite courses for the First and Second Degree BSW programs are outlined in the University Calendar, under Admissions Requirements.

Q: When do the prerequisite courses need to be completed and what grades need to be achieved?

A: Applicants must complete the required prerequisite courses outlined in the University Calendar 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 for the First Degree program
  • a minimum grade of 70% in each of required prerequisite courses for the Second Degree Program.

Q: What is the academic average required to be considered for admission?

A: For the First Degree program, applicants must achieve an average of at least 65% in the courses comprising the last 30 credit hours 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.

For the Second Degree program, applicants must achieve an average of at least 70% in 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.

Q: Will my application be considered if I do not achieve the minimum required academic average and grades?

A: Applications that do not meet the required minimum academic components will not be assessed for admission.

Q. Am I able to receive transfer credit for courses completed at other educational institutions?

A. To determine whether or not any of the credits attained previously from another educational institution can be credited towards your BSW degree, you will need to contact the Registrar's Office and request a transfer credit evaluation. Prior to requesting a transfer credit evaluation, students must first of all apply and be accepted to Memorial University. Questions regarding the transfer credit evaluation process should be directed to the Evaluations Officer in the Office of the Registrar by e-mail at transfer.credit@mun.ca or by phone at (709) 864-4423.

Q: What types of undergraduate degrees are accepted for the Second Degree Program?

A: There is no area of study recommended. To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree, applicants must have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree, or been approved (by the end of the Winter semester of the academic year in which admission is being sought) for the award of a Bachelor’s degree from a university recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Contact

School of Social Work

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000