Admission Documents

Application documents

Submit the required additional documents to the Social Work program office after you have applied to the program and received a letter of acknowledgement from the Office of the University Registrar.

For Fall 2018 intake, all documents must be submitted by April 15, 2018. If they are not submitted by that time, your application will be closed and considered incomplete.

Please submit your profile and resume using the Google form and submit the two documents at the same time, using the same form. The link to the Google form will be available when admissions opens on October 1, 2017.


Please prepare and submit a separate resume outlining your:

a) Employment history, and

b) Volunteer work/community involvement. Be sure to include dates and volunteer hours.

Personal/professional profile

The personal/professional profile is a two-part document that is to be submitted to the Social Work program using the Google submission form.

Your full name and MacEwan University ID must be on the top of each page of your profile. Also indicate whether your application is for the full-time program or part-time program.

Answer each of the following questions, with a short, concise piece of writing, using complete sentences and proper punctuation.  Number each of your responses. The completed profile should be 7 to 8 typed pages, 12 font, double-spaced.

Part A: Personal portion

  1. What have been the most significant experiences in your life which have influenced the person you are today:

    a) childhood experiences (reflect on experiences within your family, school and peer group)
    b) as an adult (reflect on experiences in family, relationships, work, community).

  2. How might the above experiences affect your potential development as a professional social worker?

  3. If you had to choose the one most rewarding learning experience of your life, what would it be?   

  4. What has been the most difficult learning experience in your life and how did you cope with it?

  5. If you had to choose one person who has had the most impact on you in your life, who would it be? What qualities did you most admire about this person?

  6. The Social Work Program has a practice that requires applicants to have a 2-year period of stability relating to such issues as: drug and/or alcohol dependency, mental illness, serious emotional problems and/or former involvement with children’s services/child welfare.  Further, the program requires a clear Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector search and Child Intervention record check.  Do you have had any of the identified issues?  Please indicate and provide information on each one. Do you have any health issues, which could interfere with your ability to be successful when working with clients in social service agencies?

Part B: Professional portion

  1. Describe your motivation and interest in social work as a profession.

  2. Describe what you see as the most important things social workers do.  What qualities do you think will make you an effective social worker?  What qualities are apt to get in your way or provide a challenge for you?

  3. How has your related volunteer or work experience helped to prepare you for social work study?  Even if this information is included in your resume, please give a response here by summarizing your experience and naming the place(s) utilized for this experience.

  4. How have you prepared yourself to fulfill the academic requirements of the university?  What supports do you have in place to enable you to be a successful student?



Access Google form to submit admission documents


Reference letters

You will need to arrange to have two references submitted to the Social Work program via email.

Volunteer/work experience

Arrange to have a letter of reference emailed based on 70 hours of relevant volunteer/work experience related within the last two years.

Download the form for volunteer/work experience reference

General letter of reference

Applicants to the Social Work diploma program are required to submit one General Reference using the General Reference form.  

Download the form for general reference



Additional documents for conditionally accepted applicants

If you are offered admission into the program, you are required to submit:

  • A clear police information check that includes a vulnerable sector search. The police information check must be submitted by the published document deadline and have been issued within three months of the start of the program intake term.

  • An Alberta intervention record check (or equivalent from another province/territory). The intervention record check must be submitted by the published document deadline.

More information on security checks