Our four-year BSW program leads to an Honours degree in Social Work and consists of 20.0 credits with at least 11.0 credits (over 50% of the degree) of professional Social Work education including over 700 hours of field placement. The first two years provide a generalist foundation in various disciplines that inform social work practice and provide students the opportunity to explore a range of contemporary themes connected to social work from across disciplines. All students must apply to be admitted into third year - the first of two Professional Years. During the Professional Years, students will acquire the knowledge, ability, and skills to be become an effective generalist social work practitioner.  

Generalist Years (Years 1 and 2)

Social Work courses in years 1 and 2 are open to any student. Any student may declare a social work major. Declaring a major does not guarantee admission into the Professional Years. Students will take two half credits in social work in years 1 and 2. In January of second year, students can apply for entry into the Professional Years. Students must meet academic requirements for the generalist years in order to apply to the Professional Years. If you receive a transfer credit for SWRK 3000Y, it cannot be used to meet the generalist requirements - see attached

Admission Requirements:  Generalist Years

  • High School - A secondary school diploma, including six Ontario 4 U or 4M credits (or equivalent), is required for admission. These credits must include English (ENG4U) with a minimum 60%. Candidates must possess a minimum overall average of 70%. For students from other provinces, please see Trent Admission Requirements
  • Post Secondary - Students with College or University transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual basis and vary depending on grades and year of graduation.
  • Please view our BSW Transfer Student Summary Document for students applying to social work Click Here
  • Please contact the Admissions Office for more information:
    • Tranferring from another University Click Here
    • Transferring from College Click Here
    • Durham College Social Service Worker graduates Click Here
    • Loyalist College Social Service Worker graduates Click Here
    • Fleming College Social Service Worker graduates Click Here
    • Check back in fall 2016 for additional pathways
  • Students with transfer credits should see an Academic Advisor for assistance in planning their course of study.
  • There is no direct entry pathway into the Professional Years.
  • Students with transfer credits could possibly receive enough credits to start in year 2 of the generalist years. Other students may need a summer session prior to Year 2. **Please note: a January start is not available for Year 2 of the program.
  • All applications must be made through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) at For more information on Trent's application process, visit

Applying for Admission into the Professional Years (Years 3 and 4)


Admission will be limited and offered through a competitive process. Students are admitted on a full-time basis to the Professional Years of the Social Work program. Students complete the professional program over a two-year period by completing 5.0 credits in year 3 and 5.0 credits in year 4. To be considered for admission into year 3 (the Professional Years), by May 15 of the application year, students must have:

  • earned a minimum grade of 70% in SWRK 2002H;

  • accumulated a minimum cumulative average of 70% at the end of second year after completion of a minimum of 10.0 credits;

  • completed the generalist requirements for year 1 and 2 (these courses will be used in the calculation of the minimum 70% cumulative average. For students with transfer credits, the average will be calculated using the courses they have taken at Trent).

Students applying to the professional years may only be admitted for the beginning of third year (September). Students will be charged an application fee to apply for the professional years. Students will submit a supplemental application that includes a list of their employment, volunteer, and extracurricular experiences, as well as a short critical thinking essay. The application for the professional years will open early January and close March 1, 2016 in the Trent portal. Students will be asked to state a campus preference (you can select Peterborough, Durham, or either campus). An "either campus" selection increases students' opportunities for seats in the professional years of the BSW Program. There will be 30 spaces available on each campus. Offers will go out mid-to-late May.

All successful applicants to the Professional Years are required annually to obtain and pass a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. A student with a criminal record that is unacceptable to a placement agency may be unable to complete the program. Placements will normally be within an hour of the assigned campus. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the placement setting. 

For full details on how to apply for the Professional Years please click here for the BSW Professional Years Admissions' package.


Current as of November 2016.