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Bachelor of Social Work

Your supplementary application is complete with the receipt of the following items:

  1. Official academic transcripts which you must send yourself or arrange to have sent by the transcript granting institution to Admissions Services at Carleton (Note: If you are a current full-time Ontario high school student, your marks will be submitted automatically by your school).
  2. The supplementary application form which includes:
  • Parts I, II, and III: Personal Information
  • Part IV: Admission Essays
  • Education equity self-identification form (optional)
  • Two complete reference forms (sealed)

Guidelines for completing the supplementary application form

Part I: Identifying information

Complete the personal information section at the top of the page.

Part II: Education

The education section must be completed in full.

Part III: Work experience

Section A: Human service/social change work experience

Human service/social change is defined as providing social work related services (paid and volunteer) to individuals, families, groups or communities. This could include:

  • working with people in educational, correctional, or social service agencies, or in health or recreational settings;
  • group and community participation and leadership;
  • social change activities such as advocacy, research, education or social action.

Please do not include co-op education experiences or field placements in this section.

Section B: Education-related work experience

Education-related work experience may consist of high school cooperative education or field placement/practicums taken as part of a college program.

Part IV: Admissions Essays

Refer to application form for guidelines.

Education Equity

Both Carleton University and the School of Social Work have expressed commitment to the principles of education equity for groups of people who historically have been disadvantaged by systems, structures, and ideologies that have benefited some groups over others in terms of both access and opportunities. Some groups recognized by the school’s Mission Statement on Education Equity as having faced historical exclusion and marginalization include women, indigenous people, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) persons, and persons disadvantaged by their economic position.

In response to these structural impediments, the school affirms the principle that all groups should have the opportunity to learn and to contribute in a supportive environment that validates and develops their knowledge, insights and perspectives within that environment.

The school has been active in implementing this commitment through continuing curriculum development and review, faculty hiring, diversification of field practicums, support for new research by students and faculty, and through a review of our admissions policies and procedures. We see education equity as a structural issue requiring a rigorous review of established norms and practices and the assumptions and values that underlie them.

The application form itself has been developed to provide applicants with the opportunity to comment on their rich and varied lives and their work experiences and to reflect upon the various opportunities and limitations, including structural ones, that have shaped their character and their understanding of and commitment to social and political issues.

Reference forms

Reference forms should be mailed as soon as possible to the people you have asked to write references for you. Instruct your referees to complete the reference forms and return them to you in a sealed envelope, with their signature on the back of the envelope over the seal.


Your personal information, admissions essays and references must be submitted to the School of Social Work at the address below by March 1.

Official transcripts should be sent to Admissions Services by March 1. 

Do you want more information? Call, write or email us at:

Bachelor of Social Work Admissions
School of Social Work
Carleton University
509 Dunton Tower
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel: 613-520-5601
Fax: 613-520-7496

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