Bachelor of Social Work Admission Information

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2021.  All applicants must submit both their online application and Supplementary Application by the deadlines noted below to be considered.  

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:

Application Deadlines

  • February 1: Online Application Deadline
    All applicants must apply online by February 1.
    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 relevant link to receive instructions on how to apply.
  • March 1: Supplementary Application Deadline
    Your Supplementary Application is complete with the receipt of the following items:
    Supplementary Application
    Two reference letters in support of your application

    Your Supplementary Application is a fillable PDF. Complete all sections of the application as per the instructions, save the document and email the completed form to by end of day March 1, 2021.  Be sure to include your full name and student/applicant number in the subject line of your email (e.g. “Supplementary Application for Cassie Jones 101123456”).  Note that only one Supplementary Application submission will be accepted.  If we receive more than one, only the first submission will be reviewed.

    Send the reference form to your two referees.  Ask them to fill in all sections of the form, save the document and email the completed form to The subject line of the email sent by your referee should contain your student/applicant number (e.g. “Reference Letter for Cassie Jones 101123456”). Reference letters emailed directly from the applicant will not be accepted.

    If you experience any barriers to completing or submitting your Supplementary Application, please contact the Undergraduate Administrator at

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

Prospective BSW Student Webinars – Recorded April 2020

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

Admission Decisions

Due to the 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 Carleton Central 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 appeals 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.

Our BSW Handbook outlines suggested course sequencing by year of entry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want more information?
Please contact us at:
School of Social Work
509 Dunton Tower
Tel: (613) 520-5601

Or email Andrea Kenny, Undergraduate Administrator, at