How to Apply

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for all programs will re-open in October for the following Fall session. Please consider attending one of our virtual MSW Info Sessions to learn more about the MSW program and the application process. Register Here

Application review results for the MSW Advance Standing Program are expected to be available by mid to late March and will continue until the fulltime and part-time programs are full.

Application review results for the Two-Year MSW Program are expected to be available mid to late April and will continue until the program is full.

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.
  • a research methods course in a related discipline that covers qualitative methods or both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • 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.(Please note that the Two-Year program is extremely competitive, each year receiving several hundred applications for only twenty spots. Those interested in this program are strongly encouraged to also apply for our post-degree BSW.)

All applicants must provide:

  • a written statement, 2 pages (max 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

What does the application process involve?

The application to the program is a two-step process.

The first step will be completing the initial application online where you will be asked to input a method of payment. You will get a confirmation of payment number with this process.

After 5-7 business days you will get an email from York University confirming that your application has been received and providing you with your York University Student ID number. If you have ever been a York Student or are currently a York student, the number will be the same.

You will be given the link to the MYFILE where you will complete the second step of the application process. The link is below.

Once you login to the MYFILE please read and follow all the directions carefully. Bear in mind, staff cannot see what you see, so you must be diligent.

In the MYFILE you will have to upload your CV, Statement of Interest and complete supplementary information form. You will have to input the email addresses of your referees and they will be prompted to complete an email reference form/letter. We do not accept hard copy letters. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the MYFILE. You can use any transcript or grade report from your Institution. York Graduates will have to provide copies if they have them. If you are a current York University student then you will not be expected to provide transcripts as we have those on file.

For more information on what's required please visit the graduate social work admissions page or contact