Admission Requirements & Application Details for One-Year Social Work

The One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work program is offered at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia Campus at Lakehead University. This program is designed for graduates of a three or four year undergraduate degree program who have completed at least two years worth (i.e. 10 FCE) of university-level courses. 

General Admission Requirements

Admission to the One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work program is based on the following four different areas:

  • Academic grades (40%) - minimum overall average of 70% based on last 10 undergraduate/graduate degree level full course equivalents (not including college transfer credits) completed at the time of application
  • Volunteer and work experience (15%)
  • References (20%)
  • A personal statement exam (25%)
(the % is the amount each area is worth in the ranking process)

For additional information about the School of Social Work and the supplemental application, references, resume and personal statement, please visit the School of Social Work.

How to Apply

To apply to the One-Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work program offered at Lakehead University, the application form used is available online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre.

For full-time studies: 
---> Apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on the Undergraduate Application Form

Required Documentation

Applicants are to submit the following required documentation as part of the application process.

  1. Official Transcripts 
  2. International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) from World Education Services (Canada) - for applicants with post-secondary credentials outside of Canada or the United States
  3. Language Proficiency Requirements
  4. Application Package
    1. Resume - outlining work and volunteer experience
    2. Supplemental Application Form
    3. Supplemental Application Fee Instructions 
    4. Two Reference Forms
  5. Personal Statement Exam - please refer to the Application Package for more information.
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. International Credential Assessments: Applicants with post-secondary credentials outside of Canada or the United States are required to provide International Credential Assessments from World Education Services (Canada).  A course-by-course evaluation is required.  All associated assessment fees are the responsibility of the applicant.  The International Credential Assessment sent directly from the World Education Services is required by Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions by no later than 4:30pm on the deadline date listed below. 

Important Deadline Dates

For Applicants Interested in Applying to the One Year Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Application Deadline 

December 8, 2023

Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis until the application closes. 


Deadline to Submit Supplemental Application Package 

Deadline to Submit Personal Statement via WebCT


December 15, 2023

January 19-22, 2024

Deadline to Submit Official Transcripts and WES Assessments 

February 12, 2024

Release Date of Offers (tentative)

mid-April 2024

Deadline to Submit Institutionally Prepared Course Descriptions for Transfer Credit Assessments
(For admitted applicants only!)

June 3, 2024

Deadline to Meet Admission Conditions & Submit Proof of Degree

Refer to Your Offer Letter