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Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Students who have completed a level I program can apply to the Honours BSW program. The School of Social work aims to provide the milieu and learning resources for students at the undergraduate level to prepare themselves for the general practice of social work. Study is based on a search for the principles of social justice. Preparation for the general practice of social work requires the development of competence in effecting change in a variety of situations affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities in the broader society based on a knowledge of social structure, human behaviour, social welfare services, and social work methods.

B.S.W.Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Students who have completed a level I program can apply to the Honours BSW program. The School of Social work aims to provide the milieu and learning resources for students at the undergraduate level to prepare themselves for the general practice of social work. Study is based on a search for the principles of social justice. Preparation for the general practice of social work requires the development of competence in effecting change in a variety of situations affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities in the broader society based on a knowledge of social structure, human behaviour, social welfare services, and social work methods.

 Our programs offer:

  • A focus on social justice
  • Both academic and experiential education
  • Full-time or part-time studies
  • A degree that lets you practice as a Social Worker

What you will learn:

  • How to analyze personal, community, family and societal problems – including how social work and social welfare institutions affect and respond to these problems
  • Practical skills such as interviewing, counselling, community development, social action and advocacy

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

From the Level I program. (See Admission below.)


12 units

12 units


12 units

15 units


9 units

  • Nine additional units selected from the Social and Political Context of Social Work courses

3 units

  • Social Sciences Research Methods

3 units


24-27 units

  • Electives * A maximum of 12 additional units of Social and Political Context of Social Work courses can be taken as electives.

Program Notes

  1. Course Groupings: There are two groups of courses in the Social Work program:
  2. Progression Within Program: Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in each of SOCWORK 2A06 A/B2BB32CC33D06 A/B S3E033F034D06 A/B S4J034X03 and 4ZZ3, a Pass in their field placements SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S and 4DD6 A/B S, and a GPA of at least 6.0. If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirements in these required social work courses or a Pass designation in either field placement (SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S and 4DD6 A/B S), the student may not proceed in the program; however, the student may make a request in writing to the Director of the School of Social Work to be allowed to repeat the course in which the minimum grade or Pass requirement has not been met. Such requests will be reviewed by the Director of the School of Social Work in consultation with the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and/or the Chair of the Field Education Program and the course instructor. These courses and/or placements may only be repeated when approval is given by the Director of the School of Social Work following consultation as described above. Students who subsequently fail to meet the minimum grade or Pass requirement after repeating the course or placement may not continue in the program.
  3. Students who have completed SOCWORK 2E03 but not 3A03 must take both SOCWORK 3E03 and 3F03 and reduce their selections from the Social and Political Context Group to 9 units (selection must still include SOCWORK 4J03). Those students who have taken SOCWORK 3A03 but not 2E03 must contact the School of Social Work for guidance on completion of program requirements.
  4. Students who were admitted to this program in 2017-2018 or later must complete INDIGST 1A03 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies. If this course was taken in level I then students will be required to take an additional 3 units of electives.
  5. Students must complete three units of Social Sciences Research Methods (e.g. SOCIOL 2Z03SOCPSY 2K03 or HLTHAGE 2A03). A statistics course may not substitute for a research methods course.
  6. Graduation: The B.S.W will be granted only if the student has achieved a grade of at least C+ in each of SOCWORK 2A06 A/B2BB32CC33D06 A/B S3E033F034D06 A/B S4J034X03 and 4ZZ3, a Pass in SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S and 4DD6 A/B S, and a GPA of at least 6.0.
  7. Students are expected to assume the cost of travelling to and from field practice agencies and for any related expenses.
  8. Students in the social work program must apply for third and fourth year field placements (SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B S and 4DD6 A/B S), and are able to rank their placements in terms of preference. While efforts are made to match placements with student preferences, the final assignment of placement settings is constrained by many factors, including the availability of settings and field and faculty resources. Students may therefore be required to complete a field placement in an agency that is not among their preferred options.

 

Students start in the Social Sciences Level 1 program and apply to the Social Work BSW Program at the end of their first year. 

Enrolment in this program is limited. Eligibility is dependent upon completion of any Level I program including six units of introductory Social Work or Sociology and and six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List below (or equivalent). Students who are interested in the Honours BSW are strongly encouraged to take both SOCWORK 1AA3 and SOCWORK 1BB3. Students are also encouraged to take INDIG ST 1A03: Introduction to Indigenous Studies, in level I as this course will be required for completion of the BSW. Admission requires, as a minimum, completion of any level I program with a grade point average of at least  6.0 and evidence of personal suitability which may be evaluated by one or a combination of written statements, tests or interviews.

Course List

Admission Notes

  1. Students who have successfully completed the two-year College of Applied Arts and Technology Social Services Diploma with a minimum cumulative average Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (75%) are considered to have completed the equivalent of SOCWORK 1AA3 and SOCWORK 1BB3. Students who completed this diploma with a cumulative average of 3.4 - 4.0 (85%-100%) will receive 24 units of unspecified transfer credit upon admission to the program and are not required to complete six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List above to be eligible for admission.
  2. An applicant must complete Level I by April of the year in which application is made.
  3. Students who intend to apply for this program must follow the application instructions as found on the School of Social Work web site:www.socialwork.mcmaster.ca. Students who are unable to access this web site must consult the School of Social Work prior to the application deadline.
  4. All applications for admission to the School of Social Work are considered annually and must be made directly to the School by March 1 for the Fall/Winter term.
  5. Aboriginal students (includes First Nations, Métis & Inuit) may select an alternate application process. Those who wish to do so should consult the School of Social Work for details.
  6. Applicants transferring from other universities (See Two-Tier Applications below) must also apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and must normally complete a total of six units of Introductory Sociology or introductory Social Work and six additional units from the Course List. (See Admissionabove.)

Application Components

Admission scores are based 50% on results from the Social Work Admissions Test (SWAT) and 50% on a student’s GPA. 

  1. Social Work Admission Test (S.W.A.T.) - value 50%

    In accordance with the evaluation criteria of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, our admission procedures include assessment of personal suitability as well as academic capability. The SWAT is designed in an effort to draw on applicants' personal and professional experiences and preparatory study is not expected or necessary for the essay-style responses.  For information on the SWAT please see our S.W.A.T. information page.

  2. Academic Record - value 50%

    Every candidate’s GPA is calculated on the most recent full year of university-level work, whether taken at McMaster or elsewhere.  If the applicant is currently registered in at least 24 units then those are used; if they are registered in fewer than 24 units, we will go to the previous session and select sufficient units to calculate the GPA.  If an applicant has received advanced credit based on community college work, we will use any university courses they have taken plus sufficient units from the community college advanced standing credit work.

Application Procedures

McMASTER STUDENTS - Honours B.S.W. Program

  1. School of Social Work Supplementary Application for Admission is now open.
    The on-line web-based application form is open for September 2019 admission.
    This application must be completed and submitted to the School of Social Work no later than March 1, 2019 for the September 2019 admissions applications.

  2. S.W.A.T.(Social Work Admissions Test)
    Once you have completed the Supplementary Application you will receive an email with instructions on activating your Mac ID.  The S.W.A.T. will be written on-line through Avenue to Learn in March 2019. 

  3. Transcripts
    The School of Social Work will obtain a copy of your official transcripts directly from the Office of the Registrar at McMaster. You need not initiate this process. 

NON-McMASTER STUDENTS - Honours B.S.W.

  1. School of Social Work Supplementary Application for Admission is now open.
    The on-line web-based application form is open for September 2019 admission applications.
    This application must be completed and submitted to the School of Social Work no later than March 1, 2019 for September 2019 admissions.

  2. Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, Form 105D is now open.
    (on-line form available after October 1, 2018 at http://www.ouac.on.ca)
    Fee: $155 application fee + $85 assessment fee = $240.00
    OUAC form 105D must be completed by February 1, 2019

  3. S.W.A.T. (Social Work Admissions Test)
    Once you have completed the Supplementary Application you will receive an email with instructions on activating your Mac ID.  The S.W.A.T. will be written on-line through Avenue to Learn in March 2019. 

  4. Transcripts
    Applicants must arrange for McMaster to receive official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.  If you are currently attending fall term/semester, you must arrange for a transcript to be sent as soon as fall grades are available (to be received no later than March 1st.). If you are attending both fall and winter terms/semesters, you must have a transcript sent as soon as fall grades are available (to be received no later than March 1st) and another at the end of winter term/semester when winter grades are available.  All transcripts should be sent to the Office of the Registrar (Admissions), Gilmour Hall Room 108, McMaster University.  Fee information is available on the Ontario Universities Application Centre website.

Application Materials

All written materials submitted in relation to application for undergraduate study in social work become the property of the School of Social Work, McMaster University and cannot be returned to, or photocopied by, the applicant regardless of the final decision regarding admission.

Documents submitted by applicants who are ACCEPTED will be kept on file until October 15th of the year in which application is made, at which time all materials except the application form, scoring sheets and transcripts will be destroyed. Prior to this date, written materials may be reviewed for administrative accuracy by the applicant in the presence of a Faculty Member or the Administrator of the School of Social Work.

Documents submitted by applicants who are NOT ACCEPTED will be kept on file until July 15th of the year following application, at which time they will be destroyed. Prior to this date written materials may be reviewed for administrative accuracy by the applicant in the presence of a Faculty Member or the Administrator of the School of Social Work.

Subsequent applications by individuals not accepted into the School of Social Work or by individuals who withdraw from the application process will constitute NEW applications and will require re-submission of ALL documents. 

Application Withdrawal

Applicants who decide to discontinue their application at any point after submission are required to notify the School of Social Work in writing of their withdrawal.  Those who have applied through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) must also contact them to amend their program choice.

Notification of Acceptance

Normally, notification of final decisions will be emailed on or about June 15th. You must respond via email or call the School of Social Work to confirm your acceptance within 15 calendar days of the offer letter date or your position will be forfeited. For those applicants who have also applied through the Ontario Universities Application Centre, an official letter of acceptance from the Registrar's Office will be emailed to you and you must respond to OUAC as well.  Offers of acceptance cannot be deferred; students must complete a required Foundation course (SOCWORK 2A06, SOCWORK 2BB3, SOCWORK 2CC3, SOCWORK 3E03 or SOCWORK 3F03) in the year of admission.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing applications are considered only after formal acceptance has been issued. You are required to submit supporting transcripts and course outlines for those courses on which you wish advanced standing to be based. Identify those courses in the School for which advanced standing is sought. If you are including work experience as a factor in your request for advanced standing, please submit a detailed job description and an evaluation (form to be supplied by the School) completed by your immediate supervisor. Note that requests for advanced standing cannot solely be based on work experience. You will be notified in writing about the decision of the Advanced Standing Committee. 

Appeal Procedure

The recommendation concerning admission of an applicant by the School of Social Work Admission Committee is final, and is subject only to review for administrative correctness.

Aboriginal Students (Includes First Nations and Metis)

Aboriginal Students may select an alternate application process. For those who wish to do so, please consult the School of Social Work for details.

Additional Information

Are you still wondering if you are eligible to apply to the Honours B.S.W. or B.S.W. post-degree program?  Please complete our Pre-Application.

For more assistance in completing your application material or other administrative concerns, please contact:

Lorna O'Connell

Administrative Assistant

905-525-9140 ext 23795

Email: infobsw@mcmaster.ca

or

Tammy Maikawa, Administrator

905-525-9140 ext 23793

 

 

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Social Work Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

The Citizen Action Group Prize*

Established in 1984 by the Citizen Action Group, Hamilton, to honour Professor Harry L. Penny, founding Director of the School of Social Work and Board Member of Citizen Action Group.  To be awarded to the student in a program in Social Work who achieves the highest grade in SOC WORK 4O03.
Value:  $500.00

The Dr. Jean Jones Memorial Scholarship*

Established in 2005 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Jean Jones.  To be awarded to the full-time student who attains the highest cumulative average in either the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Social Work post degree program.
Value:   $800

The Ontario Association of Social Workers Prize

Established in 1986 and augmented in 1992 by the Hamilton Branch.  Two prizes to be awarded to the graduating students, one first degree and one second degree, who successfully completes Social Work 4DD6 and attains the highest grade in Social Work 4D06 in the same session.
Value:   $200 each

The Harry L. Penny Prize

Established in 1984 in recognition of Professor Harry L. Penny, founding Director of the School of Social Work, for his outstanding contribution to the School.  To be awarded to the student with the highest Cumulative Average in a Social Work program.
Value:   $100

The Social Work Prize

Established in 1982.   To be awarded to the student who attains the highest grade in Social Work 2A06.
Value:  $100

The Anne Stein Memorial Prize

Established in 1971 by friends and colleagues of Anne Stein.   To be awarded to the student who successfully completes Social   Work 3DD6 and attains the highest grade in Social Work 3D06 in the same session.
Value:  $125 (one full-time, one part-time)

*An award name ending with an * indicates that the award is open to both full-time and part-time second baccalaureate (post degree) students.

Students must meet eligibility requirements for these awards as set out in the “General Conditions” and “Terms of Awards” described in the McMaster University Undergraduate Calendar.   For further information or clarification, please consult the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Gilmour Hall Room 120 or 905-525-9140, Ext. 24319.

Social Work Bursaries

The Sidney L. Blum Bursary

Established in 1989 by friends and associates in memory of Sidney L. Blum.  To be granted on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Social Work, to any undergraduate student in good standing in Levels III or IV of the BA/BSW program or Level II of the BSW program.

The Kelly Dawn Lapp Memorial Bursary

Established in 1997 by family and friends under the McMaster Student Opportunity Fund initiative in memory of Kelly Dawn Lapp who received her BA/BSW degree from McMaster University in 1996.  To be granted to a student enrolled in the Social Work program who demonstrates financial need.  Preference will be given to a student who has volunteered or worked in programs related to violence against women and children, employment and affordable housing for women, advocacy and treatment of mental health patients, addiction treatment or prevention of cruelty to animals.

The Ewan Macintyre Bursaries

Established in 1999 by the Social Work Alumni Branch, the Citizen Action Group, the Social Work Students Association, faculty (past and present), staff, friends, alumni and various organizations association with McMaster’s School of Social Work as a tribute to Dr. Ewan Macintyre for his 29 years of service to the School, including 12 years of service as the School’s Director.  A variable number of bursaries to be granted to students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a Bachelor of Social work program.

The Marion Pearce Bursaries

Established in 1990 by Dr. Sally Palmer in memory of her aunt Marion Pearce (class of ’20).  Miss Pearce worked with New Canadians at the Beverly Street Baptist Church in Toronto.  A variable number of bursaries to be granted to students enrolled in the Social Work program who have demonstrated financial need.

School Of Social Work Endowment Fund

Established through the generous donations of alumni, family, friends and corporate sponsors, the School of Social Work Endowment Fund will provide support in such areas as faculty research projects, student support, new initiatives and special projects.  To apply for assistance from this fund, please contact Tammy Maikawa, Administrative Co-ordinator of the School of Social Work at millet@mcmaster.ca.

Other Awards and Bursaries

For information regarding other academic awards and bursaries not specifically for social work students, please consult the Awards Section of the Undergraduate Calendar or the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Gilmour Hall Room 120 or 905-525-9140, Ext. 24319.

Tammy Maikawa, Administrator and Academic Advisor
Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH), Room 317

millet@mcmaster.ca

(905) 525-9140 ext.23793

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

2018/2019 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Field Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses
For more information:
School of Social Work
Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH), Room 319
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23795
socwork@mcmaster.ca
Length:
3-4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level I program including six units of introductory Social Work or Sociology and and six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List (or equivalent). Admission requires, as a minimum, completion of any level I program with a grade point average of at least 6.0 and evidence of personal suitability which may be evaluated by one or a combination of written statements, tests or interviews.
Program Type:
Course based, Practicum based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September