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School of Social Work

Social Justice

Advocating for vulnerable communities and populations is an important mandate of the School of Social Work. Our ultimate goal is the formation of just and equitable societies. 


The McGill School of Social Work was founded in 1918. Since it opened, with the support of donors and alumni, the School has continued to provide world-class social work education, generate leading research, and strive for social justice in the community, Canada, and internationally.


Through classroom and practical experiences, students are encouraged to develop skills and competencies, think critically about their role as helping professionals, understand the ethics of social work practice, and consider effective policy change and implementation.


The School is engaged in a range of community-based research projects. These projects serve community needs while providing opportunities for students to develop research experience, and for researchers to better understand real-world experiences of social issues.


The McGill School of Social Work is affiliated with many clinics and research centres locally, nationally, and internationally. Faculty have a wide variety of research interests and work hard to bridge research-based practices with clinical education.  

Changing the world, one social worker at a time...

McGill University's School of Social Work prepares professionals to make contributions that make a difference in Montreal, across Canada, and around the world. Our emphasis is on critical thinking, clinical practice, community development, advocacy, policy and research, in order to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people and to promote social justice.