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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Suitability for the study and practice of social work
  4. 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 2017-18 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.