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2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

Social Work, Diploma

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General Information

The Social Work Diploma is a two-year program combining social work, humanities, and behavioural sciences knowledge and skills. The program prepares students for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. Graduates are employed in a broad range of government (public), non-profit and private agencies. Social Work diploma graduates are eligible to apply to become Registered Social Workers in Alberta.

The learning outcomes for the Social Work Diploma reflect the values, knowledge, and skills required for professional practice. These include:

  1. Foundational Knowledge: understand the historical, philosophical, ethical, and theoretical perspectives of social work practice.
  2. Practice: skills to engage, assess, advocate, and intervene at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels in an inclusive manner.
  3. Critical Thinking/Analysis: understand and articulate the multiple causes and impacts of social issues.
  4. Academic Skills: organize written materials and oral presentations to communicate effectively for academic and professional purposes.
  5. Personal & Social Responsibility: engage in reflective practice through active involvement with diverse communities and contemporary social issues.

Academic Performance Requirements

In matters of progression and continuance, there are instances when institutional processes do not fully address concerns related to student continuance in a program.

This applies in the following circumstances:

  1. Violations of a professional code of ethics and/or standards of practice (i.e. Canadian Association of Social Work Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice, and the Alberta College of Social Work Standards of Practice). A committee established by the program will assess violations of relevant codes and standards and whether the student will be required to withdraw from the program based on the seriousness of the violation.
  2. Students who are unsuccessful after two registrations in the same core course (as defined by the program) will be required to withdraw from the program. This includes but is not limited to the following examples of unsuccessful registration:
    • Students who do not achieve the minimum required grade (as defined by the program) in one or both registrations;
    • Students who earn a grade of “F” in one or both registrations; and
    • Students who withdraw from the course with a “W” in one or both registrations.
  3. Students who are denied a practicum placement by an external stakeholder because of an assessed detrimental impact on the client, client group, or community being served. Students who are unable to meet clinical or field course requirements on this basis will be required to withdraw from the program.

An appeal process is available, see Student Handbook

Practicum Requirements

All students will be selected for a practicum on the basis of academic performance, professional suitability, volunteer community service and availability of practicum sites.

At the time of practicum, students will be required, at their own expense, to obtain a Police Information Check. It is each practicum agency’s decision to accept or reject a student for placement or observation experience based upon the results of police information or other background checks. Since both completion of course requirements and eventual employment in a field of study may be dependent upon the results of such checks, students who have concerns should discuss the matter with the department chair or designate prior to applying for admission.

Field School Opportunities 

Qualified students may have an opportunity to complete a field school, normally during the Spring semester.

General Admission Requirements

All students must meet the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University programs, as indicated in the Admission  section of this calendar.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission  section of this calendar, applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:

Academic Course Requirements

The following specific courses (or equivalencies) with the specified minimum grades are required for admission into the Social Work Diploma program:

  • English Language Arts 30-1-65%
  • Social Studies 30-1 or Aboriginal Studies 30-60%

Although Conditional Admission may be granted in advance of receipt of final and official transcripts, confirmation of the achievement of specified minimum grades will take place after all final and official transcripts have been received by the University. Applicants who do not meet these minimum grade requirements will be denied admission.

Indigenous Student Admission

Each year 15% of the seats in the Social Work Diploma program will be reserved for Indigenous applicants through an Indigenous admission target. To be considered for admission under the Indigenous admission target, the applicant must:

  1. self-identify as an Indigenous applicant on the Application for Admission
  2. meet the definition of an Indigenous Applicant
  3. meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in the general admission requirements for Mount Royal University as well as any program level admission requirements

Designated seats for this special consideration target will be filled by Indigenous applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply during Early Admission. Any unfilled designated seats will be released on June 15 to students applying under the general admission requirements.


General Education Requirements

Five courses must be completed to meet the General Education requirements to graduate with a Diploma in Social Work.

  1. One course will be taken at the foundational level from Cluster 4 - Communications.
  2. The four remaining courses will be taken; one from each thematic cluster at any tier level.

For course information visit the General Education section of this calendar. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before registering for a course.

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