Bachelor of Social Work Admission Information

The current admission cycle is for September 2019.  All applicants are required to apply online by February 1, 2019 and send their Supplementary Application in hard copy by March 1, 2019 in order to be considered for admission.  The next opportunity to apply for those who have not submitted an online application will be next winter, for entry in September 2020.

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 is required for current BSW students on Practicum.  For more information on the School’s police record check policy, please visit:

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
    Once an applicant has submitted their completed online application, they will be mailed a copy of the Supplementary Application and their Carleton applicant number.
    All applicants must send the completed hard copy of the BSW Supplementary Application to the School of School Work by March 1.  If the first of March falls on a weekend or holiday, Supplementary Applications must be received by the next regular working day.
    Applications should be sent in their entirety and should not be emailed to the School.
    Please follow the instructions found in the BSW Supplementary Application Guidelines.

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

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 at