PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
- Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
- 60% in English Language Arts 30-1
- 60% in ESLG 1860
Note: Academic admission requirements are different from English language proficiency (ELP) requirements. NorQuest College English for Academic Purposes courses may be used to meet both requirements. See below for details.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If English is your second language, you must provide proof of ELP prior to admission. ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program.
Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following test scores:
- IELTS Academic: 6.5; no section score below 6
- TOEFL iBT: 84; no section score below 21
- CELPIP General: 8; no section score below 7
- CAEL: 70; no section score below 70
- minimum of:
- documentary evidence of having completed at least 100 voluntary and/or paid work hours in the human services field (see below)
To be admitted to the Social Work program, you must provide documentary evidence of having completed at least 100 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in the human services field. These guidelines describe the types of volunteer or work experience that are acceptable.
You must have worked the 100 hours within the last five years of the start date of your program with one organization. We do not offer conditional admission for the volunteer/work requirement, so you must complete the 100 hours before you receive an offer of admission.
Your direct volunteer or employment supervisor must complete the Social Work Reference Form with the following information:
- supervisor's title, signature, and contact information
- your role/job title when you worked or volunteered
- total number of hours worked or volunteered
- a detailed description of the nature of the work you performed, your work/volunteer responsibilities and the level of interaction you had with clients, their families, and/or the general public
The reference must be submitted by email, directly from the supervisor, as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
The 100 hours must be completed in one of the following setting types:
- a health-care setting
- a work setting that falls under the Health Professions Act (Alberta)
- a registered accredited human services agency/organization
- a social services agency/organization
Note: Hours completed at NorQuest College in a practicum in a health program or the Community Support Worker program will be accepted to meet the requirement without need for a further reference.
Your work or volunteer hours must include some elements of direct contact with clients or patients who may be considered disadvantaged or marginalized, and your work should focus on the client's psycho-social well-being.
Volunteer or work opportunities can be found in helping agencies, outreach organizations, schools, hospitals, crisis lines, programs for at-risk youth, women's shelters, long-term care facilities, and agencies for people with addictions, homelessness, mental illness, or mental challenges. Additional information on organizations that provide supports in the Edmonton area can be found on the 211 Edmonton Resource Lists.
The following types of volunteer or work opportunities are not acceptable:
- daycare or babysitting
- high school co-op programs
- office/administrative work
All references are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
See Admissions Process for the steps to becoming a student.
Practicum/Work Experience Requirements
The following is not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend the practicum. There may be additional costs associated with completing this requirement.
- Clear Police Information Check and Intervention Record Check. The original Police Information Check must be submitted in person, or by mail. Photocopies, faxes, scans, or emails are not accepted. See Work, Practicum, and Clinical Requirements for full details.
International students must obtain a co-op work permit before beginning the work-integrated learning component of the program. A medical exam may also be required. See Co-Op Work Permit for more information.
Students must pass all courses to qualify for graduation.
- Overall grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.7
- The student must not have failed or repeated any courses