How to Apply

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for all programs will re-open in October for the following Fall session.

Application review results for the Fall session are expected to be available by late February for the MSW Advanced Standing Program, and by mid-March for the 2-Year MSW program.

Admission Requirements

The Advanced Standing (Full– or Part–time) Master of Social Work program is open to graduates of recognized universities with:

  • a BSW or an equivalent honours undergraduate social work degree accredited by a recognized professional social work education body equivalent to the Canadian Association of Social Work Education;
  • at least a B+ average in the last two years of study;
  • a minimum of two years of related social work experience (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred (but not required).

Individuals who do not have a BSW, but have completed the first year of a two-year MSW degree (including Practicum) are eligible to apply as well. This first year of MSW work is the basis of admission only and will not count towards credit towards the York MSW.

Our MSW program takes an approach to research and teaching that places oppression and marginalization (through race, class, ability, sexual orientation, age, gender, and religious/spiritual affiliation) as central to understanding how people who use social services are constructed as "in need". We teach students to reflect critically on personal and professional practice in light of possibilities and constraints created by the social construction of knowledge and practice. Students graduate prepared to conduct advanced social work practice in a manner that is sensitive to issues of difference, including a complex understanding of the dynamics of social location in practice contexts.

The Two–Year (Full-Time) MSW program is geared towards applicants with a passion for social work and who currently have:

  • an honours degree in another related discipline. Related disciplines may include Social Sciences, Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, Gender Studies, Journalism, Education, International Development Studies, or Health-related Studies, etc. We look for candidates with a degree from a recognized university, with a minimum B+ average in the last two years of study.
  • successfully completed an undergraduate research methods course.
  • They must also have relevant professional, volunteer or personal experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice and the potential for social work practice. A minimum of two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred (but not required).

Emphasizing critical social work practice, the two–year MSW will equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to advance their career. You will graduate with the same level of knowledge and skills as any other MSW social work student at York — prepared for leadership roles focused on the promotion of social justice and the pursuit of social transformation, as well as for further study at the doctoral level.

All applicants must provide:

  • a written statement (2 pages, i.e., 500 words) discussing the rationale for applying to the social work program at York University, and specifying areas of practice and research interests (submitted electronically)
  • curriculum vitae (submit electronically)
  • MSW Admission—Supplementary Information Form (Social Service Experience Form) (to be completed, saved as a pdf and uploaded via MyFile -
  • three letters of reference. one should be academic, one should be professional, and the third can be either (although academic is preferred) (submitted electronically as part of the application)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts clearly indicating name of the student and issuing institute can be uploaded in MyFile for admission consideration. Grade reports are not accepted.

If you receive an offer, your post-secondary institutes must send official transcripts directly to York Graduate Admissions