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  1. Last year for advanced standing, we pretty much all got our initial offers on one day in late February (at least for acceptances and waitlist). I was waitlisted, and wasn’t accepted off it. I got an email in the beginning of September (last possible day to get off it) saying I wasn’t! Hope this is helpful.
  2. Oh, yeah it is surprising. Will you be reapplying?
  3. The letter that was sent seemed very generic and impersonal. It just suggested to either increase my stats grade (which was already an A), to get more experience (I thought I had a lot of varied experience, but I'm still working on it), and to think about my personal statement and how it can be made stronger next time (will do). I'm wondering if it's because my GPA was 3.6 (just under an A-, which is 3.7), or because of my lack of research experience?
  4. Hey everyone! I applied to UofT for Fall 2019, but was not accepted after being waitlisted for the full-time advanced standing program. It was my first year applying, and it seemed overwhelming so I put all my eggs in one - extremely competitive - basket. This year I plan to reapply to UofT, but also to York, Waterloo, and Dal (p/t online). I don't have super competitive grades (3.6 in my BSW), but I also have: - BA dbl mjr in Psychology and Sociology/Social Anthropology ("SoSA") - Accelerated SSW diploma ...And over 5000 hours of relevant paid, practicum, and volunteer experience: - Two years of case management experience (part-time) with low-income people, mostly seniors (~3000 hours) *still in this position - Part-time experience as a program counsellor at three different CRFs (550 hours) - BSW placement - case manager (700 hours) - SSW placement - pre-employment and recreational support worker with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults (470 hours) - Volunteer telephone crisis counsellor and mentor/trainer to new volunteers (350 hours) *still in this position - Volunteer at an emergency winter shelter (30 hours) - Volunteer at a student-run community health clinic (25 hours) - Volunteer stylist with an agency promoting economic empowerment to support women secure employment (100 hours) I am also looking into more volunteer opportunities to pursue over the next year Anyone have any suggestions on how to get more research experience? I have only really done one major research project, and it was during my BSW. My grades in my research courses were good (A and A-), but my practical experience is lacking in this area.... Looking forward - a bit terrified - to go back on this emotional rollercoaster that is applying for an MSW!
  5. FOUND IT! THANKS FOR STARTING THIS NEW THREAD @rolearly34 I just got an email from U of T that I was unfortunately not accepted off the waitlist for their 1 year advanced standing full-time program. Not really surprised, as it seems to be very competitive! I enjoy my current job, so I'm fine sticking around for another year while I embark on the MSW application process another time. Has anyone started a 2020 application threat yet on here? I'm planning on re-applying to U of T, as well as applying to: - York's full-time advanced standing MSW - Waterloo's full-time online MSW - Dal's online (part-time) MSW
  6. I just got an email from U of T that I was unfortunately not accepted off the waitlist for their 1 year advanced standing full-time program. Not really surprised, as it seems to be very competitive! I enjoy my current job, so I'm fine sticking around for another year while I embark on the MSW application process another time. Has anyone started a 2020 application threat yet on here? I'm planning on re-applying to U of T, as well as applying to: - York's full-time advanced standing MSW - Waterloo's full-time online MSW - Dal's online (part-time) MSW
  7. Hey! I had a low GPA after my psych degree (just below a 3.0)... I then did an SSW diploma as I was interested in social work but had no related experience.. the next year I did a two-year BSW and was able to get a much higher GPA and lots of experience through my placement and volunteering. I feel much more competitive now to apply for MSW programs (currently waitlisted... haha but I'll be applying this year again), and I am currently working as a social worker too! Also, you have a lot more options for MSW programs once you have a BSW. Hope this was helpful!
  8. I tried using a college instructor as my academic reference when applying to my BSW, (he had an MSW and taught me several classes (including my placement seminar) and I was made to switch it for a former university professor within a very short timeframe... I think it depends on what school you're applying to, but I would try using a university prof just to be safe!
  9. Oh my gosh congratulations!! This is keeping me hopeful, thanks for sharing! Edit: Oh sorry I didn't realize you said the two year program, still, that's awesome that you got in!
  10. Oh, maybe they did.. I volunteered for a couple years and I counted my SSW placement as well.. so you could always include that? My program was not online, so getting references was not an issue since I knew all my profs pretty well! I did my BSW full-time, so no, I worked one day a week and volunteered, but that's it!
  11. Do you mean for Ryerson BSW or for the MSW? I have just over a year and a half post-degree work experience, and I worked and volunteered during my SSW and BSW as well. I think they ask for around 2000-3000 hours as a minimum, but of course everyone has different types and hours! I think as long as you have the degree and SSW diploma you should be fine to get into Ryerson's BSW. I didn't have much work experience when I applied straight out of my SSW (and a v low BA GPA...), so I applied for Ryerson's three year, post-SSW with a 3.92 SSW GPA, and was accepted. I didn't end up going though as I was accepted into Dalhousie's two-year BSW (where I had done my BA).
  12. Hey Kristine! I was in a very similar situation to you a couple years ago, BA with low GPA, SSW diploma. I got into a two-year (as well as a three-year) BSW program, and am now working in the field and applying to MSW programs. I found that the BSW not only helped improve my grades and give me more experience, it definitely boosted my confidence and passion for social work. It seems like MSW programs are pretty competitive (I've been waitlisted), so if you are able to up your GPA and earn related experience, thats always helpful! Also, doing a BSW opens up more MSW programs that only accept those with a social work undergraduate degree. PM me if you have any questions!
  13. To everyone who was accepted to U of T's Advanced Standing program, When was your deadline to accept or reject your offer? I heard some people saying they had mid-May dates on theirs, but I'm wondering if there are any more dates coming up? Sincerely, from someone still on the waitlist. 😅
  14. Congrats to you and your friend!! Hoping I will be joining you.... Still waiting haha... @Ihatethissomuch - Those of us still on the waitlist can't give up hope yet! I know it's hard, I am getting pretty anxious myself.. Just remember, it's still only June, and they continue to accept until the first week of September! My roommate got accepted off U of T's waitlist in August a few years ago. There's still time
  15. I’ve taken this program as well if you have any questions!
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