School of Social Work Program Hub

The School of Social Work offers students three different degrees. The programs within these degrees are designed to provide a wide range of options for attaining a professional degree and/or for scholarly work in the field of social work.

If you are new to social work, one option that might be of interest is our BSW program. You can enter the first year of our BSW program directly from high school and begin taking social work courses along with an array of other electives in the social sciences and humanities. Information about applying to this program can be found here and a description of course sequencing can be found here.

If you already have a social service worker diploma from a recognized college you may be eligible to enter into the second year of the undergraduate BSW program. You can find out more information about this option here.

If you are someone who already has a 4-year honours university degree in another discipline and is now interested in focusing your studies in social work, there is also an opportunity to enter directly into the third year of the BSW program. Information about admissions and course sequencing can be found through this link.

The School of Social work also offers two different opportunities to obtain an MSW degree. The first, for people who already have a 4-year honours university degree, is a 2-year master’s program. This program includes a foundation year where you will be oriented to the profession and participate in your first practicum. After that, you will proceed to the advanced year of graduate studies in social work. You can find out more information about this graduate program on the following page.

If you already have a BSW and are looking for graduate studies in social work, the one-year MSW program might be a good fit for you. In this program, you have the option to either complete a thesis or a practicum as part of your graduate program. Information about admissions and course sequencing can be found here.

Finally, the School of Social Work offers a PhD program that is focused on social work education, practice, social welfare and social justice. This program is unique in Canada, offering students the opportunity to complete an advocacy practicum in the community and a course on teaching critical social work. The PhD also offers students the opportunity to complete a PhD in social work with a specialization in political economy. To find out more about these opportunities, please click here.