Social Work

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Recognized as one of the most progressive and socially responsive social work programs in Canada, our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) combines practical experience with in-class studies in professional techniques and methods.

Social work is concerned with social justice and the impacts of structural inequalities such as poverty, unemployment, discrimination and oppression. It aims to work with individuals, families, and communities and to address policies in order to increase their capacity to bring positive social change, social development, and social cohesion. Social justice work can happen in different employment contexts including family service agencies, children’s aid agencies, general and psychiatric hospitals, school boards, correctional institutions, welfare administration agencies, federal and provincial departments.

Social workers also work in local and international community-based agencies and grassroots organizations to engage in various community organizing and development work to challenge social inequalities and oppression.

The School of Social Work fosters intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry through its emphasis on critical perspectives in social work. In light of its belief in social work as social justice work, the School consistently teaches applied practice skills throughout the curriculum. This curriculum is designed in collaboration with professors, students, field instructors and community representatives to ensure our program responds to the needs of people in their social environments.

You can enter York’s Social Work program two ways:

  • The direct entry program accepts students in their first year of university. You don't need a degree to apply to this program. This is a full-time program with courses offered during the day and evening and takes four years to complete. In the first year, you will concentrate on social sciences, humanities and natural science courses. In the final year, you are required to complete a field placement – giving you vital hands-on experience – in a social service setting.
  • The post-degree program requires you to have a university degree to be admitted. This  program offers courses in the day and evening and could take a minimum of two years to complete. The post-degree program was developed for university graduates who are social work practitioners or who want to pursue a career in social work. You will be exposed to contemporary and socially relevant issues that address the many techniques and approaches used by social work professions as well as partake in a practicum experience that places you in real social work environments.

You will receive a professional social work education that is characterized by a commitment to human rights and social justice. Dedicated instructors, who draw from a strong contemporary curriculum and their own practical experience, give you the opportunity to develop your own social work philosophies and teach applied practice skills throughout the curriculum. You will graduate equipped for professional practice in a wide variety of social work arenas, from work with individuals and families to practice with community, policy, research and international settings

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Introduction to Critical Social Work
  • General Education courses

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Social service agency worker
  • Child welfare worker
  • Community worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Social worker in a long-term care facility

BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

      BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

        BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
          To gain admission to this program, the Baccalauréat Général with a minimum overall score of 14 is required.To gain admission to this program, the Baccalauréat Général with a minimum overall score of 14 is required.

          BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
          • BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English/anglais
            • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the final year of Senior 3/Grade 12 level of study with a minimum overall average of 85% on all academic courses.To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the final year of Senior 3/Grade 12 level of study with a minimum overall average of 85% on all academic courses.

                  BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                  • To be considered for this program, minimum 4.5 or 80% average is required in the final year of senior studies.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 4.5 or 80% average in the final year of senior studies.

                    BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of B is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of B.

                      BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                      • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of 4.5/5.0 required.To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of 4.5/5.0 required.

                        BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 30 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 30.

                          BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                          • To be considered for this program, minimum 70 average in XII is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 70 average in XII.

                            BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                              BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                  BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                    BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                      BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                        BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.
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                                          BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • Initial Application Deadline: February 6, 2019 for Fall/Winter 2020-21 Entry
                                        • The Supplementary Application Deadline (to submit all required supporting documentation including references) is February 27, 2020 (Late documentation will not be accepted once a deadline has passed.)
                                        • BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • Initial Application Deadline: February 6, 2020 for Fall/Winter 2020-21 Entry
                                        • The Supplementary Application Deadline (to submit all required supporting documentation including references) is February 26, 2019 (Late documentation will not be accepted once a deadline has passed.)
                                        • BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • Initial Application Deadline: February 6, 2020 for Fall/Winter 2020-21 Entry
                                        • The Supplementary Application Deadline (to submit all required supporting documentation including references) is February 26, 2020 (Late documentation will not be accepted once a deadline has passed.)
                                        • BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                            BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                              BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.

                                                BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                • BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                    To be considered for this program, minimum A- (3.7) GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum A- (3.7) GPA on Grade 11 and 12 academic courses.

                                                    BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                    • To be considered for this program, minimum WAEC and/or NECO average of B2 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum 4.5 or 80% average in the final year of senior studies.

                                                      BSWLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 80.