Master of Social Work Admissions

Our next admission cycle will be for the Fall of 2025 with an application completion deadline of December 1, 2024 at midnight. All applications are reviewed after December 1, and final admissions decisions are typically entered by the end of February each year.
The MSW application in Carleton 360 will open in the summer of 2024, and it will close December 1, 2024.
Late applications are not possible or accepted.

MSW Admissions Information Session:  The School of Social Work at Carleton normally holds at least one MSW Admissions session in the fall term of each year.  Please sign up and we will be in touch once we have a date.

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We offer a two year MSW program for those without a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and a one year MSW for those with a BSW.

It is important that you review the Essential Requirements for the MSW program.

Application Completion Deadline:  December 1 of the year before the program start in September.  Your application must be submitted and all documents uploaded to your online application including Referee Appraisals/Letters of Reference by midnight on December 1.  Ensure you submit and pay your application fee well before the December 1st deadline to give your referees enough time to complete emailed referee form by the deadline. We will not accept late applications and the only intake term is the Fall term.

How to Apply:  The application process to graduate studies at Carleton for all prospective students is the same and must be completed online Complete information regarding the application process is found on Carleton’s Graduate Admissions website.

Financial Support

Consideration for funding and financial support including teaching assistantships is made at the time of admission to a full-time program. A separate application is not required. In order to be considered for funding, you must submit a completed application (including all required documents) before the December 1 deadline. Current and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarships and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), which are awarded annually to outstanding students by the federal and provincial governments. For more information on awards and funding, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

International Student Funding
Funding for International applicants is extremely limited. International applicants should ensure personal or external funding and financial aid as needed.
For more information on awards and funding, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Admission Decisions: The School of Social Work will submit admission decisions by the end of February.

We will not be confirming receipt of your completed application. To check on your application, enter Carleton Central to see what documents have been uploaded (yours and your referees). Successful applicants will be notified by email from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. You can check your application status in Carleton Central.
If an applicant is Not Recommended for Assessment and therefore not offered admission into the program, there is no appeal process available. Please note that this communication from the School, or from one of its faculty or staff, does not constitute approval for admission.
Upon receiving an Offer of Admission, you will have 21 days to indicate acceptance. An offer of admission may include conditions that must be met before you will be admitted to the graduate program. The conditions must be met before you will be able to register for courses. You will be responsible for meeting the conditions and any late registration fees applied due to delays.