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2 hours ago, Back to School said:

Hi! I just went through all the paper in my office (it’s a bit of a mess...) and I must have recycled the notes I took from their session BUT I went into my email and found this reply from Lynn I hope it helps 😃

“Due to the volume of applications we receive each year the applicant pool is highly competitive not only with a high GPA ranking but also with direct experience in the field.  The competitive average for candidates who started the MSW Advanced Standing program in September was 10.8 (84%) and 3.6 years of experience.  This does not mean all candidates reflected this specific profile as it is an average, however candidates who reflected a strong B+ (78-79%) scored much higher in their experience profile.”

Always good to remember though that each year will be a little bit different based on that pool of applicants.

I appreciate you looking into this for me. Thank you so much for this valuable information!

Do you by chance know how many hours would be considered for 3.6 years of experience? I have a total of 4515 hours of volunteer, summer work, and placement experiences. Thanks!!

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Just curious if anyone else in the forum has been accepted into the one year advanced standing msw at UofT?

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Hello everyone!

For those who got into Laurier's Advanced Standing in-person or online MSW Programs (for Spring 2019 or prior) what was your GPA and how many hours in the field did you have?

Thank you very much!!

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18 hours ago, SC-MSW 2019 said:

I appreciate you looking into this for me. Thank you so much for this valuable information!

Do you by chance know how many hours would be considered for 3.6 years of experience? I have a total of 4515 hours of volunteer, summer work, and placement experiences. Thanks!!

Hi @SC-MSW 2019 I'm sorry I don't know how they would calculate it BUT I will attempt the math in a way that makes sense to me.

35 hr/week x 52 = 1820 × 3.6 = 6552*

*this assumes no vacation or holidays though which would reduce the number. And assumes a 35 hour week if they use a higher number  it would increase the number.

4515 ÷ 1820 = is 2.84 years (again assuming the above formula is correct).

I think it's also important to note that Laurier evaluates hours based on what they believe is relevant experience. Meaning they might not use all the hours that were submitted in their calculation, if they felt some weren't relevant.

I hope that helps!!! Reading it back it sounds discouraging, but please don't take it that way you've got to believe in yourself 😃 Best of luck!!

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14 hours ago, viclane96 said:

Just curious if anyone else in the forum has been accepted into the one year advanced standing msw at UofT?

I did! Mental Health & Health.

Just waiting to hear from Laurier...

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21 minutes ago, Back to School said:

Hi @SC-MSW 2019 I'm sorry I don't know how they would calculate it BUT I will attempt the math in a way that makes sense to me.

35 hr/week x 52 = 1820 × 3.6 = 6552*

*this assumes no vacation or holidays though which would reduce the number. And assumes a 35 hour week if they use a higher number  it would increase the number.

4515 ÷ 1820 = is 2.84 years (again assuming the above formula is correct).

I think it's also important to note that Laurier evaluates hours based on what they believe is relevant experience. Meaning they might not use all the hours that were submitted in their calculation, if they felt some weren't relevant.

I hope that helps!!! Reading it back it sounds discouraging, but please don't take it that way you've got to believe in yourself 😃 Best of luck!!

Thank you so much for this information, it is helpful! 😊

No worries about not knowing the exact calculation of hours, I am sure it differs each year.

I remember when I contacted the department they told me that they equally weigh each section of the application such as: GPA, hours in the field, written statement, and references. Hopefully that is the case this application round.

Best of luck to you too! Congrats on getting into U of T!!! Very exciting!

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I am glad it helps! Yes I did remember hearing that about the waiting as well. Which is why I take the average with a grain of salt because it must be such a wide spectrum of all different backgrounds.

Thank you very much, I appreicate that!! We will see what happens soon!

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Hello guys! Glad this forum exists. Does anybody have experience with U of Calgary's MSW?  I received an offer of admission to their clinical program which starts in May but I am still waiting to hear from U of T and Laurier (2-year MSW).

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, JanineW said:

Hello guys! Glad this forum exists. Does anybody have experience with U of Calgary's MSW?  I received an offer of admission to their clinical program which starts in May but I am still waiting to hear from U of T and Laurier (2-year MSW).

Thanks!

Congratulations!! I really wanted to apply to that program but my current program doesn’t end until June =(

When I previously applied to UofT 2 year MSW I heard at the beginning of March, BUT I was one fo the first people filtered out of the process, so I would image it would be after that.

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Hey All ..

I remember some folks stated they were currently at UofT (Advanced Standing) have a question regarding intensives during the summer - wondering if I can pick some brains? If anyones willing to share wisdom, shoot me a DM please.

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1 hour ago, FK@UofT said:

Hey All ..

I remember some folks stated they were currently at UofT (Advanced Standing) have a question regarding intensives during the summer - wondering if I can pick some brains? If anyones willing to share wisdom, shoot me a DM please.

I’m in the advanced standing program right now. I took some courses last summer, not the summer intensives but the ones that lasted a few months. There are some additional administrative steps for advanced standing people to start courses in the summer. Feel free to DM me!

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6 hours ago, JanineW said:

Hello guys! Glad this forum exists. Does anybody have experience with U of Calgary's MSW?  I received an offer of admission to their clinical program which starts in May but I am still waiting to hear from U of T and Laurier (2-year MSW).

Thanks!

I was accepted into UofC's 2-Year MSW program and I am also in clinical too. Congratulations on your acceptance! 😊I am also waiting to hear back from UofT.

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Is there anyone currently attending Laurier  or Waterloo? I am hoping for some program/course/instructor comparisons.

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6 hours ago, SwagMaster said:

I’m in the advanced standing program right now. I took some courses last summer, not the summer intensives but the ones that lasted a few months. There are some additional administrative steps for advanced standing people to start courses in the summer. Feel free to DM me!

I'm going to message you!

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On 2/23/2019 at 8:35 PM, viclane96 said:

Just curious if anyone else in the forum has been accepted into the one year advanced standing msw at UofT?

Hi, I'm new to this forum. I recently received an offer of admission to U of T's MSW (Gerontology) advanced standing program. Which stream are you in?

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9 hours ago, SwagMaster said:

I’m in the advanced standing program right now. I took some courses last summer, not the summer intensives but the ones that lasted a few months. There are some additional administrative steps for advanced standing people to start courses in the summer. Feel free to DM me!

I'm sending you a message!

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17 hours ago, Back to School said:

I did! Mental Health & Health.

Just waiting to hear from Laurier...

Congrats on getting in! Unfortunately, I got waitlisted for the Advanced Standing MSW for the Mental Health and Health Stream. I'm curious, if you also get accepted into Laurier, would you choose UofT or Laurier? I'm just trying to gauge the chance that I might get called from the waitlist.

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On 2/23/2019 at 10:05 AM, sarah_ said:

Congratulations to everyone that got an acceptance to the advanced standing MSW program at UofT!

I have been experiencing so much anxiety and received my wait-list e-mail yesterday. I have filled out the form agreeing to remain wait-listed. I’ll be contacting Angela to ease some of my anxiety.

Hey!

I'm in the same boat as you. I got wait-listed for the Advanced Standing MSW at UofT, specifically for the Mental Health and Health Stream. I'm wondering if you know exactly how the wait-list works?

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20 hours ago, Back to School said:
3 hours ago, French_MSW said:

Hey!

I'm in the same boat as you. I got wait-listed for the Advanced Standing MSW at UofT, specifically for the Mental Health and Health Stream. I'm wondering if you know exactly how the wait-list works?

So I think when someone refuses an offer at U of T, the admissions comittee re examines the the applicants on the wait list and selects a similar candidate (similar gpa/experience i guess and same stream choice). This is why they don’t rank the waitlist. Also why it is extremely difficult to get in off the waitlist and impossible to predict.

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4 hours ago, French_MSW said:

Congrats on getting in! Unfortunately, I got waitlisted for the Advanced Standing MSW for the Mental Health and Health Stream. I'm curious, if you also get accepted into Laurier, would you choose UofT or Laurier? I'm just trying to gauge the chance that I might get called from the waitlist.

Thanks! And I'm sorry to hear that.

I honestly have no idea, the programs are so different and there would be logistical considerations for both as well. I know it sounds bad but I'm hoping I won't get into Laurier so I don't have to make a decision.

I have a feeling I didn't though, with the way they calculated my admissions average I was just barely above the acceptable level, so not very competitive.

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11 hours ago, SuzyH said:

Is there anyone currently attending Laurier  or Waterloo? I am hoping for some program/course/instructor comparisons.

I am in the BSW at Waterloo/Renison right now. Same to similar faculty wise not sure about the courses though.

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19 hours ago, SDZ said:

I was accepted into UofC's 2-Year MSW program and I am also in clinical too. Congratulations on your acceptance! 😊I am also waiting to hear back from UofT.

Thank you and congrats to you as well

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On 2/24/2019 at 1:11 PM, Back to School said:

Congratulations!! I really wanted to apply to that program but my current program doesn’t end until June =(

When I previously applied to UofT 2 year MSW I heard at the beginning of March, BUT I was one fo the first people filtered out of the process, so I would image it would be after that.

Thank you! Yes, it's too bad that their program starts in May.  Good luck with your application!

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Hey everyone, I was looking up one of my profs on LinkedIn and noticed that they completed their Ph.D. at Walden University. They also have MSW programs. It seems fairly easy to get into. Has anyone else ever heard of or considered an option like this? Is this like Yorkville?

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58 minutes ago, sleepydeprived said:

Hey everyone, I was looking up one of my profs on LinkedIn and noticed that they completed their Ph.D. at Walden University. They also have MSW programs. It seems fairly easy to get into. Has anyone else ever heard of or considered an option like this? Is this like Yorkville?

I briefly perused this option and was turned off by 1) the obscene cost of tuition, and 2) that it doesn't seem to be accredited by the CASWE. This doesn't necessarily mean that one won't be able to practice in Canada, but may just present some additional hurdles depending on provincial regulations. Curious to hear what others may think though!

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