How Do I Complete My Program?

For the Bachelor of Social Work program student’s admitted into first year who complete a full course load (2.5 credits, equivalent to an average of 5 courses) in the Fall and Winter terms, would complete the degree in an average of 4 years (admitted with no transfer credits).

For information about your degree requirements you can review the Undergraduate Calendar or the BSW Degree Requirements page, which indicates the program requirements for the BSW.

Course Sequencing Based on Year of Entry into BSW

Planning Your Degree Progression

How do I plan out my degree progression and program requirements? It is important to consider some factors when planning out your degree progression and trying to build a course sequencing plan, these include:

Remaining Requirements
You familiarize yourself with your academic audit, this is a “road map” to your degree requirements. Please see the BSW Academic Audit page for learning how to read your audit.

Course Offerings
You must consider general course offerings by departments. Students can explore the public class schedule and compare course offerings in a Fall or Winter term to gain an understanding of when specific courses are generally offered in an academic year. Please note that this does not guarantee that a specific course will be offered in future academic years, but rather it may help you to gain a sense of general class scheduling for a specific subject or discipline such as when SOWK courses are offered (Fall and Winter, or just one specific term) or required courses for a minor.

Course Load
You consider how many courses you want to take per term. Generally course sequencing is for Fall and Winter terms [with maximum credit limit of 2.5 credits], but students do have the option to take courses in the Summer terms [with maximum credit limit of 2.0 credits].

Undergraduate Calendar Requirements
You are meeting the Undergraduate Calendar requirements for courses, such as required prerequisites, year-standing requirements, or if the course is restricted to degree students in a certain program.

When to Take a Course (Major, Not Included in Major – Electives, or Minor)
You generally want to ensure you complete required core courses in accordance with your year-standing (i.e. taking 1000-level in first year, 2000-level in second year, and so on) and balance with taking some elective courses throughout your terms. But it is important that you plan your courses to ensure you are completing required prerequisites before taking upper year courses or practicum.

  • If you are admitted into First Year of the program you can see information about course sequencing for your first, second, third and fourth year of the program above, under ‘Course Sequencing for Incoming First Year Students’.
  • If you are admitted into Second Year of the program you can see information about course sequencing for your first two terms in the program above, under ‘Course Sequencing for Incoming Second Year Students’ (you are required to concurrently complete SOWK 1001 and 1002 along with second year SOWK courses if you did not receive transfer credits for these courses upon admission into the program). For your third and fourth year you can follow course sequencing based on how it is reflected in the ‘Course Sequencing for Incoming First Year Students’ found above for the ‘Third Year’ and ‘Fourth Year’ of the program. However, it is very important to cross reference your academic audit to confirm the transfer credits that you received in case your requirements vary from the course selection reflected there.
  • If you are admitted into Third Year of the program you can find course sequencing for the first two terms (Fall-Winter) you enter into the program above, under ‘Course Sequencing for Incoming Third Year Students’. This only indicates the course sequencing for the year you enter into BSW. For your final year (or subsequent terms) you will need to cross reference your academic audit to check your remaining degree requirements and then plan out your courses based on your remaining requirements, the general course offerings from a department (paying attention to if courses are offered in both Fall/Winter, or only offered in a specific term), and the maximum credit limits in terms.

If student’s have any questions regarding their course sequencing they are welcome to contact the Undergraduate Administrator for advising.

Considering factors mentioned in the section “How do I plan out my degree progression and program requirements?” above (including remaining requirements, course offerings, course load, and Undergraduate Calendar requirements) students can create a course sequencing plan for their degree by using a chart or table, excel document, paper, or whatever works best for the individual!

Students can use the Student Draft Course Plan document below as a tool to plan out their own degree sequencing and adjust in conjunction with their up-to-date academic audit and degree requirements. Please note that this BSW Course Plan currently reflects the 20.0 credits that are required for students admitted to first year of the program with completing the degree with a full course load in Fall-Winter terms over an average of 4 years, students must adjust accordingly with their own requirements.

Part-Time Studies 

Part-time Studies or Reduced Course Load – What if 5 courses per term is too intensive?

There is no requirement for how quickly someone should take to complete the degree, and sometimes it can be in a student’s best interest to take a little bit longer to complete their degree then to compromise their well-being to finish as soon as possible. An option students can choose is to reduce their course load or complete the degree program part-time.

A student’s course load can really depend on the individual and we have students who organize their degree requirements for all different sorts of course loads. Everyone’s course sequencing may look different and may vary from the standard track for the degree progression. In a case where someone wishes to complete a reduced course, it is highly suggested that you meet with the Undergraduate Administrator to discuss your course sequencing.

What to Consider:

  • Reducing one’s course load to 2.0 credits or less would either require students make up reduced credits in Summer terms throughout their studies to remain on track for the degree progression of the program, otherwise it would result in extending one’s studies beyond that average degree timeline.
  • If a student plans to attend part-time/with a reduced course load, please note that most core Social Work courses are not offered in the Summer terms and you must still adhere to course prerequisites. Student’s should also be aware of impacts to degree progression with completing a reduced course load, since there are limited SOWK course offerings in Summer it is often best to focus on core courses over the Fall and Winter terms and take reduced credits in their electives during a Summer term.
  • Student’s should be aware that completing a reduced course load can have impacts on student funding. Should you have questions about scholarship, bursary, OSAP or other student funding requirements, please contact the Awards and Financial Aid Office.

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