- School of Social Work
- Wilson Hall
- 3506 University Street, Suite 300
- Montreal, QC H3A 2A7
- Telephone: 514-398-7070
- Fax: 514-398-4760
- Email: graduate [dot] socialwork [at] mcgill [dot] ca
- Website: www.mcgill.ca/socialwork
About Social Work
The School of Social Work offers dynamic M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs, designed to explore cutting edge knowledge on social work theory, practice, policy, and research. We have an exciting and growing faculty with a variety of research and practice expertise in the fields of: child welfare; health, mental health, and disability; poverty; aging; First Peoples; marginalized groups (e.g., immigrants and refugees, war affected populations, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people); loss and bereavement; domestic violence; and international social work. Our approaches to practice and research cover all levels of intervention from individuals, families, groups, and communities. Located within the School of Social Work are specialized centres devoted to research and training in the areas of domestic violence; children and families; and international human rights. Graduate students also have access to workstations equipped with computers, and many professional development workshops and seminars. Several research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available each year.
The McGill School of Social Work is a member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, and of the Rassemblement des Unités de Formation Universitaire en Travail Social du Québec.
The School of Social Work is a professional school with the primary objective of preparing students for careers and for leadership in the fields of social work and social welfare.
Qualifying Year Entry into the M.S.W. Program
Applicants demonstrating academic excellence and a minimum of one year of social work-related experience (voluntary and/or professional) are considered for admission to the Qualifying year of study in preparation for entry to the M.S.W. (Non-Thesis) program. The objective of this preparatory year is to provide students with essential foundation social work knowledge that will provide a basis upon which to embark on graduate-level studies in social work.
The overarching objective of the master's program is the provision of advanced professional training by means of integrated learning experiences. Specifically, the educational goals are to:
- develop a deepened and advanced competence in practice and research;
- embrace a capacity for critical understanding of social theories, social problems, and emergent issues; and
- understand population groups in need, institutional structures, and policy initiatives and processes.
The M.S.W. degree can be pursued via two options: thesis and non-thesis. Both options carry a weight of 45 credits, and, taken on a full-time basis, both options involve three terms of study. In both options, part-time study can be arranged.
There are two points of entry into the M.S.W., one for those who hold a B.S.W. degree, and one for those who hold an honour's undergraduate degree in another discipline.
Ph.D. Program in Social Work
The School of Social Work offers a dynamic Ph.D. program in social work/social policy in order to promote the development of scholarship on social issues within Canada and Quebec. Courses are offered in English at McGill. A parallel stream is offered in French at Université de Montréal. Students have the option of taking courses at either university.
The program aims to:
- prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research, policy development, implementation and evaluation, practice and program evaluation, leadership and management of human services;
- offer students the opportunity to acquire research methodology skills and to apply these to a range of areas relevant to social work; and
- stimulate original research on important social problems and issues.
|Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Social Work (Thesis) (45 credits)|
|The M.S.W. Thesis option is designed for students who have a keen interest in developing an advanced intellectual understanding and a specialized set of research skills in one of three areas: Children and Families; Health and Social Care; or International and Community Development. Program requirements consist of a thesis and six courses (two of which are required), taken over an extended period of three to four terms of full-time study. Prospective students will hold a B.S.W. degree with a minimum of one year of prior social work related experience (voluntary and/or professional). Subsequent career paths are varied and lead to exciting opportunities in health, social services, and community organizing, where social workers undertake clinical, leadership, or policy roles.|
|Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Social Work (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)|
|The M.S.W. Non-Thesis option is designed for students who have a keen interest in developing an advanced intellectual understanding and a specialized set of practice skills in one of three areas: Children and Families; Health and Social Care; or International and Community Development. This program includes three semesters of full-time study that consist of coursework, professional education in a supervised field placement, and an independent study project. Prospective students will hold a B.S.W. degree with a minimum of one year of prior social work related experience (voluntary and/or professional), or will have successfully completed the Qualifying year entry into the M.S.W. Subsequent career paths are varied and lead to exciting opportunities in health, social services, and community organizing, where social workers undertake clinical, leadership, or policy roles.|
|Joint Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with B.C.L. and LL.B. (132 credits)|
|The School of Social Work and the Faculty of Law offer a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) designed to transcend academic boundaries in social justice issues. Lawyers and social workers often operate in the same fields, whether in public policy, child protection, family law, poverty law, or domestic violence situations, yet each profession has been constrained by internal limitations. The joint M.S.W. (non-thesis option)/Law program requires students to complete 132 credits (45 credits in M.S.W., 87 credits in Law). Students should take three and a half to four years to complete the M.S.W./B.C.L./LL.B. program. It is possible, however, to complete the program in three years, by doing work for credit over the summer and by carrying heavier course loads throughout the program. The joint program leads to conferral of the B.C.L./LL.B. law degrees and the master’s degree in social work. Prospective students possess a B.S.W. degree with prior practice experience.|
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D); Social Work (offered jointly by McGill and Université de Montréal)|
|As one of the top Ph.D. programs in Canada, the School of Social Work promotes leading scholarship on social policy and practice. Over the course of three to four years, working closely with their supervisor, students pursue individualized programs of study, which include coursework, research, and professional development. Faculty have expertise in a variety of areas such as aging; social exclusion; child welfare; international social welfare; psychosocial approaches to intervention; Aboriginal people and communities; violence against women and children; health and disability; poverty and social development; migration and community organizing. Students normally take two semesters of coursework after which they complete a comprehensive exam. In the second year of the program students begin their thesis work and take a course designed to facilitate the research process. Research and writing usually takes between one and two years to complete. McGill offers entrance fellowships, access to computers and library resources, and active student networks. There are many opportunities to be involved in faculty research projects and sessional teaching. Students go on to careers in teaching, organizational leadership, and social policy analysis.|
Social Work Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Revision, October 2012. Start of revision.
Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – International applicants must achieve a minimum score of 577 on the paper-based test or 90* on the Internet-based test.
* Each individual component of reading, writing, listening, and speaking must have a minimum score of 21.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – International applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0**.
** Each individual component of reading, writing, listening, and speaking must have a minimum score of 6.0.
Students who have successfully completed a B.S.W., with a minimum B average (GPA 3.0/4.0), and who have completed coursework in statistics and in research methods at the undergraduate level are admissible to the Master of Social Work program. Normally, applicants will have professional experience in social service work, or related experience, subsequent to obtaining the B.S.W.
Students who have successfully completed all requirements in the first year of the 60-credit (two-year) B.S.W. program in the School of Social Work at McGill University are also eligible to apply to the M.S.W. program. These students must have an overall B average (GPA 3.0/4.0), professional or related experience in social service work prior to entering the two-year B.S.W. program, completed coursework in statistics at the undergraduate or CEGEP level, and completed coursework in research methods at the undergraduate level.
Joint program: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) / Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
Students must apply separately for admission to each Faculty. Students must meet or surpass the requirements for admission to both the M.S.W. program and to Law and must submit a brief statement explaining their interest in this joint program.
Students apply directly to the School of Social Work. Applicants applying to the Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree in social work or, exceptionally, a bachelor's degree in social work with a master's degree in a related subject from an accredited program. However, applicants who hold a master's degree in a related social science discipline with strong research interests and experience in social work/social policy may also be considered. All students must also have completed coursework in statistics and in research methods.
Criteria considered in weighing applications include:
- quality of the student's research project;
- conviction/motivation demonstrated in the personal statement;
- "fit" between the proposed research project and faculty research interest.
A professor has to agree to act as thesis supervisor before the student is formally admitted to the program.
McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.
Applications will only be considered upon receipt of all required documents.