MSW Program Field Placements

At the graduate MSW level, the focus is on advanced practice. Students will build on their skill base and develop a stronger theoretical and critically reflective approach to practice and research.

MSW Program Field Placements support students in developing skills in areas such as clinical practice, community intervention, administration/policy development, and research methods.

Field Placement Objectives

The focus of the MSW Field Placement is on advanced practice; the placement experience supports students to build on existing skills and develop a strong theoretical and critically reflective approach to practice and research.

Field Placement Expectations

  • Students are expected to be functional in French (comprehension, spoken, and written) for the field placement component of the program. Please note that the School of Social Work has a limited number of field placements for students who are not functionally bilingual. Students without proficiency in French will have limited local options and will likely need to complete their field placement in an out-of-province setting in the spring/summer semester. 

  • The Field Placement Coordinator negotiates and organizes the field placements.
  • Students must be prepared to travel at least one hour to the field placement.
  • Students should consider field placement as opportunities to be challenged: to work with unfamiliar populations or issues.
  • The School of Social work cannot guarantee specific placements or locations. 


Field Practice courses are not awarded a letter grade, they are evaluated on a pass/fail basis assigned by the MSW Field Work Coordinator.

Image by Naomi Man in 't Veld .
MSW student Rebecca Pollak at field placement.

Links to Field Placement Options

Following is a list of organizations and agencies that have offered MSW field placements within the past few years. Not all sites have the capacity to take a student each year.

While students are invited to review this list and consider those organizations and areas of practice of interest to them, students will discuss their interests with the MSW Field Work Coordinator who is responsible for arranging all field placements based on student learning goals, professional goals and interests, previous placement and employment experience, and availability of qualified supervisors.

Please see MSW List of Field Placements.

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