Master of Social Work Information

Welcome to the Master of Social Work Program page for incoming MSW students.  Information on this page outlines our MSW program that begins the Fall of 2021.

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 2021
Winter Term 2022
Summer Term 2022
SOWK 5000 (0.5) Theoretical Foundations of Social Work: A Critical Perspective *** Intensive class offered 1st week of classes Sept 8-11 plus (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.  Offered 6 hours per week over the fall term SOWK 5606 Practicum I(2.0)

SOWK 5003 (0.5) Policy Context of Social Work
SOWK 5608 (0.5) Community Practice
Advanced Year II (5 credit and 11 credit programs) Course Sequencing
Fall Term 2021
Winter Term 2022 Summer Term 2022
SOWK 5011 (0.5) Social Work & Social Justice *** Intensive class offered 1st week of classes Sept 8-11 plus (see below) Elective (0.5) SOWK 5607 Practicum II (2.0)
OR SOWK 5909 – Thesis
SOWK 5012 (0.5) Social Work Research Foundations Elective (0.5)
Elective (0.5) Elective (0.5)
11 credit Two Year MSWs take additional Elective (0.5)
11 credit Two Year MSWs take additional
Elective
(0.5)
Intensive Class Hours: SOWK 5000 & 5011 – Fall 2021 
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
September 8
September 9
September 10
September 11
2021
2021
2021
2021
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
Wednesday
October 6
November 17
2021
2021
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOWK 5011
Wednesday
Wednesday
October 13
November 24
2021
2021
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

All other MSW courses start the week of September 13.

Part-Time 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.

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.