Social Work (M.S.W.)

Program Description

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) in Social Work (Non-Thesis) offered by the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Arts is a course-based program that emphasizes career-focused and innovative learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical thinking, program development, and communication to pursue professional opportunities (or potentially continue their studies).

The program may also be taken with a Gender & Women's Studies option so students may pursue some of their coursework to focus on gender, sexuality, feminist, and women's studies and issues in feminist research and methods.

Keywords: advanced clinical practice, counselling, child and family, community-based practice; international development, advocacy, disability, aging, immigrants and refugees.

Unique Program Features

  • Student develop critical and innovative approaches to practice competence and to policy analysis such that they may contribute to both established social services and to new and less developed areas of service provision;
  • The program is comprised of coursework, a field placement, and an Independent Study Project.  The program offers several streams: Children & Families, Health & Social Care, and International & Community Development;
  • The School's research interests include child welfare, families, violence, sexuality, aging, social theory, social work practice, and methodology;
  • The School of Social Work is a member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE);
  • The program is accredited by the CASWE.

University-Level Admission Requirement

  • English-language proficiency

Visit our English language proficiency webpage for additional information.

Program-Specific Admission Requirement

  • A Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) degree with a minimum 3.2 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies webpage for additional information.

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Program Website

Master of Social Work website

Department Contact

Graduate Program graduate.socialwork [at] (subject: Master%20of%20Social%20Work%20(Non-Thesis)) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 December 15 December 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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