Admission Requirements (Campus and Distance Delivery)
Direct admission to the MSW program is open to applicants with an accredited baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW). Admission requirements include:
- A baccalaureate degree in social work, this academic requirement is essential; it cannot be replaced with work experience or another undergraduate degree. There are no exceptions made to this academic requirement.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.3 scale) or an equivalent cumulative average of at least B in the last 10 (60 credit hours) undergraduate credits completed. Graduate level credits are not used in the admission average.
- Suitability for the study and practice of social work
- Applicants should have at least two years of full time employment in a social work position, following the BSW degree. Social Work employment gained prior and during the BSW degree is also recognized.
Dalhousie has historically offered a two-year option for applicants who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in Social Work, but hold a master’s degree in a closely related discipline and otherwise meet the above prerequisites. This 2-year option is suspended for the 2018-19 academic year and is currently under review.
Applicants who hold a non social work undergraduate degree (with or without honours) in any discipline should review the BSW admission requirements. These applicants are not eligible to apply for the MSW degree.