Welcome to the School of Social Work.

General Mission Statement:


The School of Social Work at Carleton University offers two professional degree programs–the BSW (Honours) and the MSW. It also offers a PhD degree. The BSW and MSW programs are accredited with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). The School is located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Mission Statement on Education Equity:

Educational equity recognizes the structural inequalities in society that result in differential access to, and differential distribution, of power (economic, political, social and cultural) for groups of people. The School operates on the principle that amelioration of structural inequalities is at the heart of social work practice. To affirm its commitment the School has adopted a Mission Statement on Educational Equity.

Governance Document – Updated January 2020

Governance: Video on Committee Options for Students  (Please contact either bswss.cu@gmail.com or grassowcarleton@gmail.com if interested in participating in a committee)

Senate Policy on Social Work Professional Suitability

Statement on Social Media

The School of Social Work is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) www.caswe-acfts.ca. Both the BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Board of Accreditation of CASWE.

Statement of Solidarity and Support for the Wet’suwet’en Peoples of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

February 24, 2020 – CASWE-ACFTS offers solidarity and support for the Wet’suwet’en Peoples of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. In the spirit of the Commitment to Change the Board of Directors affirms the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that emphasizes the right to self determination and the inherent right of Indigenous nations to determine and control the development of their lands in accordance with their own needs and interests.

We call upon the Government of Canada to work peacefully in dialogue with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and that no force be used against the Wet’suwet’en Peoples and their supporters. We acknowledge that there are different positions amongst Wet’suwet’en Peoples within their Nation and respect their right to organize themselves to determine their choices. As part of our commitment to social justice, we encourage all Canadians to become familiar with the historical and contemporary conflicts between Canada and Indigenous nations to work to transform our colonial reality, as a shared responsibility.

The Evelyn Maud McCorkell Fund

The Evelyn Maud McCorkell fund was established with a very generous estate gift of over $2.3 million in 2015/16. This fund generates approximately $92K a year in income that supports the School of Social Work.

About Evelyn Maud McCorkell

Evelyn Maud McCorkell was born 9 August, 1921 and was raised in Wakefield, Québec (just north of Ottawa-Gatineau) and Stittsville, Ontario (a western suburb of Ottawa). She earned a BA at Carleton University in 1953 and a BSW from the University of Toronto in 1955. From 1964-1982 she was the Executive Director of the Family Services Centre of Ottawa. At the time she became that agency’s Executive Director she determined that its casework practices required strengthening and that the agency was too isolated from the greater community. She embarked on both adding to the depth and strength of counselling services offered through the Family Services Centre and on promoting outreach services into Ottawa’s more marginalized communities, including Centretown in which FSC was located at the time. Under her leadership FSC pioneered the After-4 Project, an after-school program for school-aged children up to the age of 16 who came from low-income, mainly lone-parent families. While the children were served by trained volunteers and child care workers the parents were provided support groups, individual and couples counselling. The project also served as a springboard for advocacy for improved living conditions and better community amenities. As an evaluated, demonstration project during the tumultuous years of the mid-1960s into the early 1970s it served as an early model of positive and strengths-based intervention among some of Ottawa’s most disadvantaged populations. The project also served as a catalyst for more community outreach resulting in the eventual establishment of Ottawa’s Community Resource Centres. McCorkell retired from the FSC in 1982 but the legacy of her visionary leadership – combining clinical and community work for progressive social change – still resonates in metropolitan Ottawa and is a part of what characterizes a structural school of social work. Evelyn Maud McCorkell died in Ottawa on 10 May, 2002. The School of Social Work is very grateful for her generous gift to the school. It enables the school not only to provide financial awards to our undergraduate and graduate students but also to promote scholarly endeavours and events among its faculty members all of which should lead, as Evelyn Maud McCorkell would have wished, to progressive social change.

With contributions from: “A Historical Tribute” – 1914-2004, Family Services à la famille Ottawa; Carleton University, Office of Advancement; Hugh Shewell, Director of the School of Social Work.