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  1. @itswingless Yup, I'm still around! I believe it was a 2 week break (last week of August, first week of September).
  2. Anyone out there applying to Canadian PhD programs for Fall 2022?
  3. I wrote the exam back in 2016, so it may have changed, but it was basically a combination of essay and short-answer type questions. From what I remember, they weren't hard, but it was very time consuming. We were allotted 3 hours and I needed the entire time to thoroughly answer all the questions. Feel free to privately message me if you have any other questions about it, or about the HBSW program in general.
  4. @itswingless Yes, still around! I recall the class size being around 18-22 people. Quite honestly, I am not sure how competitive the program is. I applied with very high marks, but little to no social work volunteer/work experience. I put a lot of effort into my application and had very strong, supportive references. I was very stressed about the competitiveness of the program, but in hindsight I truly wished I had not worried about it so much. I envisioned everyone else applying having a 4.0 gpa and extensive social work experience, but that really didn't seem to be the case. I a
  5. @7astrology-- When it comes to transcripts, I believe you need to send a copy along with your initial application (so they can assess your marks) and you'll need to send them again once you complete your degree (to show proof of graduation). I am unsure if unofficial transcripts will be sufficient at any point in the process, but if you are reaching out to Lakehead anyway then they should be able to tell you.
  6. I'm so sorry to hear this. I just checked as well and was not accepted either. I really didn't expect to be once I learned how competitive the program is (and how few students they accept), but it is still disappointing.
  7. Here's hoping this week is the week that decisions finally go out. I feel like I've been waiting an eternity and at this point I just want to know, one way or the other.
  8. @tsunarmi When I applied to the HBSW program I was under the impression it was fairly competitive and I found the application process quite stressful. I am unsure how many applications they receive, but by applying to both campuses your odds will likely increase. Of course competition with other applicants will vary year to year, but once I actually started the program I felt that the competition was not as scary as I imagined it to be. My first degree had nothing to do with social services and my work experience was only loosely related, I also did not have much volunteer experience. For thes
  9. Haven't received anything unfortunately. If I remember correctly, when I read through last year's thread, it seemed like decisions didn't roll out until late October or November. Quite a long wait considering the deadline to apply was May. I hope the decisions are out earlier this year, the wait is agonizing.
  10. Thanks for looking into this! I had noticed something seemed different when I checked LORIS yesterday. I hope their decisions are out soon, the wait is agonizing. I'm starting a different MSW program in a week but am still kinda hoping for Laurier.
  11. The HBSW program at Lakehead is only about a year. You need a degree to apply, but it does not need to be in a field related to social work (I would know, my degree was far from being social service related and I was accepted into the program). They offer the program at their Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.
  12. Thank you! I got into the University of Windsor's 16 Working Professionals program. It starts next month, so odds are I will just be going ahead with that program unless Laurier gets back to me before then (which I doubt).
  13. Thanks for the info! The odds are depressing. I've been accepted into another program but I'd much prefer Laurier. Did they give you any idea about how many months you'd be waiting before decisions go out?
  14. I was unsure of this as well. After reading the instructions about 800 times, I opted to write an essay rather than answer the questions individually. However, I tried to write it in the order of the questions (i.e. paragraph 1 = question #1, paragraph 2 = question #2, etc.). Getting it to flow together seamlessly was a bit of a process. I'm not sure if this is what they were looking for, but given my uncertainty, I was trying to play it safe. Unfortunately, I still haven't received a decision (I applied for the January 2020 start date). Best of luck!
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