Master of Social Work Information

Welcome to the Master of Social Work Program page for current and incoming MSW students.

Please read and understand the Essential Requirements for the Master of Social Work (MSW).  Should you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Supervisor, and/or Graduate Administrator.

Please see the Graduate Calendar for an overview of the program.

Program Design

Foundation Year (11 credit Program) Course Sequencing

Fall Term
Winter Term
Summer Term
SOWK 5000 (0.5) Theoretical Foundations of Social Work: A Critical Perspective *** Mandatory intensive class runs 1st week of classes Sept 7-10 all day plus 2 other mornings (see below)
SOWK 5004 (0.5): Group Work     Offered Fridays 11:30-2:30 No registration is required, unless students wish to take electives if appropriate ones can be found.
Please note if you have full-time status, you will be charged full-time fees regardless of how many courses you take.
SOWK 5001 (1.0) Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Ethics, Knowledge & Skills.  6 hours class time per week (usually in one day) SOWK 5606 Practicum I(2.0)

SOWK 5003 (0.5) Policy Context of Social Work. 3 hours class time per week
SOWK 5608 (0.5) Community Practice. 3 hours class time per week

Advanced Year II (5 credit and 11 credit programs) Course Sequencing

Fall Term
Winter Term  Summer Term
SOWK 5011 (0.5) Social Work & Social Justice *** Mandatory intensive class runs 1st week of classes Sept 7-10 all day plus 2 other mornings (see below) Elective (0.5) 3 hours class time per week SOWK 5607 Practicum II (2.0)
OR
SOWK 5909 – Thesis: begin process before September of Advanced Year.  Further information and MSW Thesis Guide at the bottom of this page.
SOWK 5012 (0.5) Social Work Research Foundations. 3 hours class time per week. Elective (0.5) 3 hours class time per week
Elective (0.5) 3 hours class time per week Elective (0.5) 3 hours class time per week 
Students in the 11 credit Two Year MSW program take an additional Elective (0.5). 3 hours class time per week 
Students in the 11 credit Two Year MSW program take additional Elective (0.5) 3 hours class time per week 
Intensive Class Hours: SOWK 5000 & 5011 – Fall 2022 
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
September 7
September 8
September 9
September 10
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
SOWK 5000
Wednesday October 5 & November 2 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOWK 5011
Wednesday October 12 & November 23 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

All other MSW courses begin the week of September 12 because all MSW students attend their mandatory intensive course.

Part-Time MSW Students
In their first fall term, part-time students in the MSW Foundation Year (Year I) must register in SOWK 5000 and one of SOWK 5003 or SOWK 5608.  In their second fall term, they must register for SOWK 5001. Part-time students in the MSW Advanced Year (Year II) register in SOWK 5011 and SOWK 5012 in their first fall term.

Elective Requirements

Three credits (3.0) in electives are required for the 11.0 credit MSW degree; and two credits in electives (2.0) are required for the 5.0 credit MSW degree.  All electives are taken in the Advanced Year, or once all foundation year requirements are complete

Thesis Option

The School of Social Work promotes research as an important component of graduate education.  In addition to the work that students prepare for each course, the MSW program offers the option for SOWK 5909 – Thesis in place of SOWK 5607 – Practicum II.
If you are considering a thesis instead of Practicum II (SOWK 5607), please review the MSW Thesis Guide below, and reach out to potential supervisors before September of the Advanced Year.  If you’re uncertain how to begin, please contact the Graduate Supervisor, and/or Graduate Administrator.  Please note that a thesis usually adds at least one more term of registration with tuition fees. An extension request would be required for each term past your program time limit.

MSW Thesis Guide

Additional Resources:
Thesis Requirements (FGPA)
Thesis Requirements (Regulations of the University Graduate Calendar)

MSW students who choose the thesis option should be prepared to register for at least one extra term, as it is quite difficult to complete in one year.

Graduate Professional Development

As a graduate student at Carleton, you have access to a variety of professional development resources. These include skill workshops, one-on-one career and writing consultations, career-oriented events, and even structured programs. Challenge yourself by acquiring new skills that can help you boost your employability. To learn more, visit the Graduate Professional Development website at carleton.ca/gradpd.