The PhD: Social Work program is designed to prepare social work scholars, educators and researchers to have an in-depth understanding of social justice and human rights and the underlying structural issues; to be equipped to take leadership positions in universities, colleges, and government and non-government organizations; and to be able to contribute to the development of structural social work theory and practice.
- Master’s degree in Social Work (accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education or equivalent). Or an accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree and a closely related master’s degree.
- A- (80%) or better in your courses (including your thesis)
- No grade below a B- (70%)
- Minimum two years full-time post graduate work experience or five years post-baccalaureate work experience in the social services and/or policy field.
*If you were educated internationally, please see the minimum admission requirements for relevant country – https://graduate.carleton.ca/international/admission-requirements/
After you have submitted your online application and your application fee has been processed, you will be instructed on how to upload your required documents in Carleton Central. For complete information regarding required documents, please visit the Graduate Admissions website. Our program requires:
|Transcript(s)||All post-secondary transcripts are required|
|Letters of Reference||Three (3) are required.
Academic References: Two are preferred but you must have at least one. Even though it may have been some time since you were last in school, we encourage you to contact previous instructors/professors with a reminder of the classes you took, when you took it, any specific assignments or presentations you did, and your final grade. This may help them to write a strong reference for you.
Professional Reference: At least one referee must be provided who can comment on your Social Work related work experience.
|Statement of Intent||One (1) is required. It should include a discussion of:
|CV/Resumé||One (1) is required. It should include the following information:
Note: A minimum of two years full-time post-graduate work experience, or five years post-baccalaureate work experience in the social services and/or social policy field is required.
|Writing Sample||One (1) is required.|
|Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores)||Required, if applicable. For Carleton’s ESL requirements and policies, please visit the ESL Requirements website.|
You can check Carleton Central to see what documents have been uploaded to ensure a completed application.
Fall Term (September):
- February 28
The only intake term is the Fall term. Winter and Summer term admission is not available.
How to Apply
The application process to graduate studies at Carleton for all prospective students is the same and must be completed online. For complete information regarding the application process please visit the Graduate Admissions website.
Consideration for funding and financial support including teaching and research assistantships is made at the time of admission. A separate application is not required. In order to be considered for funding, you must submit a completed application (including all required documents) before the December 1 deadline. Current and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarships and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), which are awarded annually to outstanding students by the federal and provincial governments. Please note that funding from Carleton (including teaching and research assistantships) for international students is limited and is only available to a few outstanding international applicants. For more information on awards and funding, visit the Graduate Admissions website.
For complete and detailed information about the PhD: Social Work program, please consult the official Graduate Calendar.