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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take five courses per year in the Direct Entry Program?
No, you can take fewer than five courses. However, if you plan to graduate in four years, you must make these up in summer sessions, or take more than four years to graduate.

What grades do I need to complete my BSW?
You need to have a GPA of 5.0 (C+) with no courses in Social Work under a C.

What is a full-time student?
Full-time undergraduate students are defined as those taking more than nine credits per academic term.

When do my General Education requirements need to be completed?
These requirements need to be taken in the first 48 credits of the degree.

How can I finish the program in four years?
You can complete the program in four years by following the recommended course sequence plan in the degree requirements section of the Handbook. You may also discuss this further with your Academic Advisor.

Do I have to take SOWK 4020 with the practicum or before?
All students must take SOWK 4020 with the practicum.

Can I take SOWK 2020, 2025, and 2035 as free choice courses?
No, these courses are general interest courses for non-Social Work students. BSW students should not take these courses. You can enroll in other social work elective courses concerning these topics.

If I have a community college diploma, do I have to take SOWK 1011?
Community college diplomas from designated programs will exempt incoming students from having to complete SOWK 1011 6.00.

How do I know how much advanced standing I get for my community college diploma?
When you are accepted into the BSW, an Academic Advisor can discuss with you what transfer credits you have been awarded by Admissions based on your prior studies.

Is a community college diploma holder who takes SOWK 1011 able to take SOWK 2050, 2060 and 2070 concurrently?
Depending on your transfer credits, you may be given permission to take these courses concurrently. Please contact our office for assistance at

Can I use my community college practicum hours towards my BSW practicum?
No. Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) standards require a 700-hour placement for BSW students.