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  1. Thanks Jenste, you are too kind! and thank you for the encouraging words regarding the job search. I've had a few interviews and a job offer (which I declined) so I'm not too worried (yet! ) Regarding job finding for new grads, I'm not sure I'd say that advanced standing students have an easier time of finding jobs than 2yrs. After all, if the graduate is young, chances are that they haven't had that much more time to accumulate paid experience that many employers want. I know plenty of 2yrs who graduated with me that are already employed while I'm still looking. If you aren't too pick
  2. Thanks Jenste! Did you graduate as well or are you heading into your 2nd year? I'm loving having some off time but now the pressure of finding a job begins!
  3. Jenste, thank you for the clarification. I don't think I've ever disagreed with you so your explanation keeps that record alive lol
  4. samn99, I would disagree (somewhat) with Jenste regarding the safety differences between York and Ryerson. Ryerson is downtown and a pretty awesome campus if you love city life, but I would not say it is exceptionally safe. People are regularly assaulted in the area and occasionally on campus as well since anyone can walk into a building (and do). There are also lots of thefts of personal belongings so you really have to be vigilant. York has different issues. The campus is so sparse (personally, I hate it) and you may not necessarily feel safe walking around at night, especially alon
  5. After the agonizing application process, the elation of getting accepted, then experiencing the crazy-heavy courseload, I can finally say, MSW complete! :D

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    2. MSW13


      Thank you, bluejay16! :)

    3. b39


      Congrats that's amazing! :)

    4. MSW13


      Thank you b39! :)

  6. smpalesh, For the admissions statistics that you've stated in your comments (15% for 2yr, 33%for 1yr/advanced standing) are you only referring to U of T or is this in general? Also, if you are referring to U of T, did Angela or another credible source give you this statistic or are you calculating it yourself based on the numbers you've heard?
  7. U of T is very good (dare I say, excellent ) at sending out results on time. Only the advanced standing hears back in March. 2 years need to wait until April to hear back. Good luck to everyone!
  8. I agree with Thumper86 that research experience is definitely a bonus (at U of T, they are all about research and a few students have already published)--but don't freak out if you don't have any of that type of experience because most applicants don't. My feeling is that they are really looking for maturity. Not necessarily by age (there are many younger students under 25yrs), but by attitude. Even if your only experience is working cash at the local grocery store, if you can demonstrate maturity and fit with the program, you are in a good position. The schools that give volunteer hour
  9. I don't think anyone is going to get rejected for having less than 700hrs if they have a really strong application otherwise but if you have minimal experience, then it will be much harder to get accepted, that's for sure. The thing is, you cant come into an MSW program without having experienced the field. It is not really a place to 'explore' your interest to see if it works for you--that should have happened prior to applying. edit: for the advanced standing, everyone has experience because they've gone through a BSW program. For the 2yr, they know that you wouldn't necessarily have t
  10. @dannika_star: some of them are offered online. You need to go on the FIFSW website and check out the summer schedule under the timetables link.
  11. You're welcome B39 blh22: Summer courses are usually offered starting at the end of April until the end of June. Some are 1 week intensive courses, but I believe that they are often stream specific. I don't believe that they offer courses in July/August, so if you do decide to take a course, you will still have some vacation time before classes begin in September.
  12. @ Dannika Star: If you go onto the U of T website and under 'timetables', you will find the 2014 summer schedule. If you can manage to pick up at least one course, you will not regret it. The workload is pretty intense, especially that first semester. I didn't take a course over the summer but I know a few people who did and it was a good decision. @ anyone wondering about the status note, if I recall correctly, last year it didn't change to 'decision made' until a few weeks after the letters had all gone out.
  13. The countdown is on! Almost done my MSW!!!

  14. Congrats to everyone who has been accepted to U of T for the advanced standing program! Just reading about your excitement reminds me of my own this time last year. To those who have not received good news, keep working at it--where there is a will, there is a way
  15. At UofT, the first screening is strictly gpa and they will not consider any application below a 'B' average, regardless of what else you bring to the table. If you make that cut-off, that means that they will view your application in full. When I spoke with Angela In the past, she said that the students admitted usually have high gpa's and the low end of those accepted are closer to a high B+. Of course, this doesn't mean that anyone who has a B average should give up-- they look at everything and a strong application in other areas can go a long way. If you don't make the Gpa cut-off, the
  16. kathclemens. it is my understanding that U of T places most weight on grades. At least that was what I was told when I called them back when I applied. I'm not sure about the order of the other components. They only count upper level courses (3rd and 4th year) so if you have a lot of 100/200 level courses in your final year, they wont count when tabulating your average for admission purposes.
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