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  1. Hey, I just wanna clarify this, as I am a current U of T student. Online classes and practicum have not yet been confirmed for Fall 2020. We received news yesterday that they are preparing for it just in case, but it has not been confirmed yet. That said, it has been confirmed that practicum for next year has dropped to 337.5 hours (instead of the usual ~450) to allow for practicum to start later in the year if needed. As well, right, if U of T is going online, that means every other school is. So it won't be just Toronto. For those entering the two-year program, you're in a slightly better position because at least your practicum won't start until Winter 2021 and things will hopefully be smoothed over by then. Anyway, I think these are very important considerations to note, but just wanted to clarify that information!
  2. Congrats! Both programs are, overall, great and you'll get a good education in either program. Short answer - go to U of T if you want to learn practical skills and practice clinical social work, and also want the reputation and networking opportunities it provides. Go to York if you want a smaller community and are interested in critical theory, social justice, and macro social work. Long answer - York is critical, structural social work, while U of T is clinical, micro social work. Both programs have great reputations, so it comes down to personal preferences and the type of social work you want to practice. At U of T, you're going to get a lot of opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills. The program is also much bigger so there are more course opportunities. As well, U of T is a well-respected institution and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work holds a monopoly on all hospital placements (York only has a partnership with St. Mikes's hospital in Toronto and, even still, U of T has priority of practicum availability there). On the other hand, at York you're likely to spend a lot more time discussing macro social work and oppressive structures and systems in our lives and the lives of our clients. Much more talk about social justice and community work than U of T. The program is also much smaller and, thus, likely more personalized. Due to U of T's size, the practicum office simply cannot accommodate everyone's interests and you're likely to end up with a practicum you only moderately like in your first year (practicum options get much better in second year). At York, however, the practicum office can provide a much more personalized experience that matches you with an agency you're genuinely interested in. That said, the options are limited compared to U of T. As you can see, each program has its pro's and con's and it all comes down to what you're interested in. I was accepted to both York and U of T and did lots of research on both programs. I ended up choosing U of T (i just finished this year).
  3. Hi everyone! I'm doing my MSW right now (first year) and thought I'd pop in to provide my experience, which I hope can be of some help to others! For those who applied to the two-year programs at UofT and York, I was accepted to UofT on March 25 and accepted to York about two weeks later, in early April. UofT is VERY clinical-based. It definitely is the "least" critical of the three in Toronto, York being the most. The Social Justice/Diversity stream is as critical as the program gets, though I still don't quite know if it would be to the same level as Ryerson or York. For that stream, too, many of the placement opportunities are in community-based organizations, but it is true that UofT has a lot of clinical placements. I've heard very good things about the Social Justice/Diversity stream. Of course this is just my opinion, but I go to UofT now and have also researched lots about the York MSW program when I was deciding between the two. My take is: go to UofT if you want 1) to develop clinical skills, 2) to increase your chance of employment through networking opportunities (within the faculty and with practicum since UofT is connected with so many big-name agencies in Toronto), and 3) want the reputation ("prestige") of being a UofT alum. If you're not interested in that or are more interested in theory (especially critical theories), you might want to consider another school. You will not get a critical foundation of social work theory nor practice at UofT, unless you actively seek it out. So it just depends on what your priorities and interests are. I think the Social Justice/Diversity stream is a good in-between and changes are being made, but UofT, as a school itself, is quite traditional in their base curriculum.
  4. If it helps, York gave me until April 16 to accept the offer. So I wonder if next week is when they will re-assess applications and send out another wave of offers.
  5. I'll be going to UofT
  6. FYI I will be declining my offer to the 2-year program at York, so a spot will be opening up!
  7. Hello everyone, another person here to ask anyone currently in the MSW program at U of T. I'm trying to find out information about scholarships (specifically entrance scholarships), but the information I'm finding is super vague. Does U of T grant entrance scholarships prior to the start of classes? Or are the only scholarship options the ones available to apply for in the Fall?
  8. On MyFile, there's a link at the side at the very bottom titled "Decision Letters". It just showed up for me last night. Thank you for the clarification re: funding!
  9. Congrats!!! If you don't mind me asking, did you receive any tuition info from York? I just received my acceptance and York is offering me $16,666 for 5 terms, plus an additional $6,000. I'm totally floored - I never imagined receiving this amount of money. I thought I was going to U of T but with this amount of funding from York now, I'm soooooo conflicted.
  10. Thank you! No, not even an email either. It must've just happened.
  11. Just checked MyFile! I was admitted to the 2-year MSW program at York!!!!
  12. Hey everyone, does anyone have any experience with working part-time during an MSW program? Now that I've been accepted to UofT and can actually starting planning for the future, I'm beginning to seriously look at my finances and am wondering how people afford school. Is it manageable to work during the 2-year MSW program?
  13. No, mine still says Under Review. How about you?
  14. AHH just got invited to the 2 year program at UofT!! I haven't checked my SGS account yet, but my Acorn says "Invited". Congrats to everyone who's been accepted so far! Can't wait to meet you all in September! @mswash Wow, I had a dream about being accepted to UofT last night, too! I hope your dream brings as good news as mine. edit: my SGS still says "Under Review", though I remember reading in older threads that SGS takes longer to update than Acorn.
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