The School of Social Work offers an accredited master’s and a PhD in Social Work. Our programs encourage critical thinking and analysis of the structural barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential. We promote values of respect, dignity and the worth of all peoples to assist students in acquiring knowledge, skills, and values to work in diverse and cross-cultural environments and to support the development of social work as a field of critical practice and policy development.
Master of Social Work
The School of Social Work offers two points of entry into the Master of Social Work (MSW) program .Students who have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited program, or are in their final year of such a program, are eligible to apply to the Advanced Year of the program ( which takes 1 year to complete). Students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree may apply to Foundation Year of the program (which takes 2 years to complete).
The MSW program offers students an opportunity to focus on either direct intervention of social administration and policy or to combine these areas.
As part of our program students may complete a practicum-based professional degree or take the more academically focused research option. We have connections with over 200 organizations that provide practicum opportunities for students. Students can also work with faculty members to develop to develop a research project exploring key theoretical and practical questions in social work.
The MSW program is designed to orient students to a career in the field of social work.
PhD Social Work
The PhD in Social Work program is designed to prepare social work scholars, educators and researchers for in depth analysis of social justice and human rights and the underlying structural issues affecting our society. The program aims to equip students to take on leadership positions in universities, colleges, government and non-governmental organizations and to be able to contribute to the development of structural social work theory and practice. The program is ideal for those who wish to teach Social Work or who wish to upgrade their credentials.
The program is designed to offer students the opportunity to work with academics to develop their skills in social work research and teaching. Research is encouraged in social organization, social policy, social practices or links among all three.