Admission information

The School welcomes and is actively recruiting applicants from communities that experience historical and present-day systemic discrimination and marginalization, and who are committed to social justice, equity, anti-racism and decolonization. In our admissions decisions, we will apply a decolonial equity framework which includes an intersectional lens and will prioritize applicants who are Indigenous, Black and other racialized people.

Application for our September 2020 intake to the BSW program is now OPEN. The closing date is January 31st, 2020 (4:00 pm).

Application information

Before your start the application process, please watch the video tutorial:
2020 BSW Application Information (Best viewed in Full-Screen).

Entry to the BSW is at third year. Please read the Eligibility document to determine if you are eligible to apply.

You must choose one of the two options for completion of the BSW program on My UVic Application as well as on the supplemental information form:


    Please select ‘Combination of On-campus and Distance Education’ when applying for the 3rd year On-campus / 4th year Distance Education Combination program. For further details, please see here: On-campus/distance education combined program


  • DISTANCE PROGRAM (for students residing in Canada only)

    Please select ‘Distance Education’ when applying. This program requires a mandatory five day session in late August 2020 (length subject to change) held on-campus at UVic as part of SOCW 312 course. This face-to-face session requires students to arrange accommodation and travel at their own expense. For further details, please see here: Distance education program

The application deadline for September 2020 entry point is 4:00pm, January 31st, 2020.

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Application Process

STEP 1: Introduction

Please carefully read the following information:

STEP 2: Complete your ‘My UVic Application'

You will be required to submit an application through My UVic Application in order to be considered for the BSW program. Please follow the appropriate instructions/checklist below.

STEP 3: Complete the Supplemental Application Documents

In addition to submitting the My UVic Application, you are also required to submit a supplemental application package electronically to the School of Social Work.

No personal references are required. Please do not submit them with your application.

To ensure legibility, the BSW application forms (fillable PDF files) must be downloaded onto your computer (not filled in on the web page), completed on the computer, then saved as PDF files and sent by email as attachments per the directions below.

Note: We highly recommend using Adobe Acrobat (free download) to fill out the PDF forms to avoid unexpected errors.

  1. Supplementary Information Form

  2. Statement of Intent

    The Statement of Intent provides an opportunity for you to outline the degree of compatibility between our BSW Program and your interests and background(s). Before completing the Statement of Intent please review the Mission Statement and Definitions.

    You must use the form-fillable PDF to submit your Statement of Intent (please note the maximum of 650 words).

  3. Experience Summary

    The purpose of this document is to outline your employment, volunteer, and educational experiences. Use the required categories as indicated and keep descriptions and duties brief. Organizations listed may be contacted for verification purposes 

    You must use the form-fillable PDF to submit your Experience Summary. If you have more than one primary experience that you would like to highlight please include this information within the text box of the appropriate section. For example, if you would like to add an additional ‘Waged Experience’, please use the same headings as above and add into the text box below. The text box will scroll.

Once these forms are completed, send an email to – in the subject line list your Last Name, First Name (e.g. Smith, Jane).

Attach the supplemental documents as PDF files in one e-mail (not separately) - identify each document with your Last Name, First Name and number them in order as following (note: please use the number not the document name):

  1. Supplementary Information Form
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Experience Summary

PDF file name examples: "Smith, Jane1", "Smith, Jane2", "Smith, Jane3"

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact Ryan Khungay, BSW Admissions Coordinator at . Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and received by the deadline of January 31, 2020 (4:00 pm). Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted.

DISCLAIMER: Please do not e-mail inquiring about the status of your documents. We will contact you once the documents have been processed or if there is any errors in your submission of the supplemental documents.

Faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted. All applications are the property of UVIC and therefore will not be returned. Please ensure you keep a copy for your own records.

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Notification of Acceptance

The department will begin making admission decisions for the September entry point in April. You will be notified of the decision and receive other information via email. Notification is also reflected on the applicant’s MyPage. It is important that you keep all your contact information up to date.

Please do not contact the department regarding impending decisions. For further details please see Process and Timelines.

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Contact Information

Please direct general BSW admissions inquiries to:

Application packages must be sent to: 

* Please do not send any inquiries to

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Other Helpful Links & Resources

UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid

UVic Academic Calendar for Social Work

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