Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Information about the application process is updated annually and published under How to 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 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 keeping with the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) Standards for Accreditation, the mission of Memorial University, and the mission, vision, and values of the School of Social Work, we have developed our Educational Equity Initiative. The intent of this initiative is to encourage applicants with diverse identities, experiences, and backgrounds to apply. Further, the Educational Equity Initiative aims to correct conditions of disadvantage in professional education. Therefore, the School offers a minimum of 10% of the seats in the BSW program to eligible applicants who have met the minimum requirements for admission and who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis (minimum of 5% of seats) and/or as members of another 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. .

Q: When will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

A: Applicants will normally be notified of admission decisions by the end of May. 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  and experience component.

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.

Experience Questions:

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

A: We do not recommend a specific experience to applicants. Experience can include work/volunteer/community involvement experience in human services that relates to social work.

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?

A: 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,  number of hours, and diversity.

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

A: For each experience, students must provide a current e-mail address and phone number of their Supervisor/Manager/Agency Representative/Mentor/Leader/Spiritual Leader. If correct contact information is not provided by March 1, this experience will not be considered. This person may be contacted for verification purposes.

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

A: For the 2020 application, letters of appraisal and references are not required and not part of the application process.

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

A: As part of the application, you must prepare a statement (maximum of 500 words) indicating why you think you would be a suitable candidate for the BSW program at Memorial University. You may focus on your work experiences, volunteer experiences and/or community involvement; any training relevant to the field of social work, including awards or certificates earned; and your personal experiences, motivation, values, skills and interests.

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