Bachelor of Social Work Admission Information

The application system for Fall 2021 is now closed.  The next admission cycle will be for the Fall of 2022 with an application completion deadline of March 1, 2022.

BSW Applicant Evaluation Criteria

  • All applicants should have a minimum average of 75% overall whether applying from high school, college, or university (Carleton included)
  • Amount and quality of human service/social change work or volunteer experience
  • Essay question responses
  • All applicants must also meet Carleton University’s minimum admission requirements. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to review these requirements.

Please Note:

  • While a police records check is not requested as part of the application to the program, it may be required for current BSW students on Practicum. Check our policy for more information on the School’s police record check;
  • Students must complete two placements in order to meet degree requirements for the BSW (some students may receive transfer credit for the first of these placements, depending on completed education). Most placement opportunities are unpaid. For more detail on current practicum policies, please visit the BSW Practicum Hub;
  • Please review the Essential Requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work.

Application Deadline & Components

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
All application materials must be submitted by this date to be considered for admission to the program.

Online Application 
Current or previous Carleton University students (in any program) must apply online through the Internal Application for Admission in Carleton Central.

All other applicants must apply online through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC).

Please navigate to your specific educational background on the Social Work Admissions website to receive instructions on how to apply.

Supplementary Application 
Once an applicant has submitted their completed online application, they will be e-mailed a copy of the Supplementary Application and their Carleton applicant number. Please follow the included guidelines for completing the Supplementary Application.

All applicants must send their completed Supplementary Application to BSWapplication@carleton.ca by end of day March 1.  Note that only one Supplementary Application submission per applicant will be accepted.

If you experience any barriers to completing or submitting your Supplementary Application, please contact the Undergraduate Administrator at andrea.kenny@carleton.ca.

All applicants must complete both the online application and the Supplementary Application in order to be considered for admission.

2021 Supplementary Application

2021 Referee Form

Prospective BSW Student Webinars – Recorded April 2020

Please see the PowerPoint presentations for 1st, 2nd and 3rd-year applicants.

Admission Decisions

Due to a large number of applicants each year, the School of Social Work does not personally confirm receipt of your Supplementary Application. You are able to track your application status in Carleton360 to see if all documents have been received. Please note that your status will not update immediately upon receiving your Supplementary Application.

Questions about transcripts should be directed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Applicants will be able to see their admission decision in Carleton Central once it has been released. Decisions typically begin to appear in late April, however, timing may vary from year to year.

All admission decisions are final. The School of Social Work does not have an appeal process for unsuccessful applicants, however, we do encourage all interested applicants to apply again the next year.

Year of Entry

Each year, we admit students into the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years of our program, depending on what, if any, transfer credit(s) are awarded from applicants’ previous post-secondary studies. Information on suggested course sequencing by year of entry can be found on our Current Students page.