MSW Program Requirements & Courses

Timing

  • Full Time: Students can finish the MSW Non-thesis Program (45 credits) in three terms (Fall, Winter, Summer and/or Fall, 15 credits per term). Generally speaking, the MSW Thesis Program takes two years and the MSW/BCL/LLB takes 4 years minimum.
  • Part-time: Students in the MSW Non-Thesis and MSW Thesis programs have 5 years to complete the program. Please see McGill Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies Time Limitations for more information.

Streams

The School of Social Work at McGill University prepares graduates for specialized professional practice in one of following areas of specialization: Children & Families; Health & Social Care; or International & Community Development. Students in all MSW Programs choose one of these MSW Program Stream during the application process, that guides complementary course selection, as well as Independent Study Project theme and direction. 

Timetable

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Program Requirements & Required Courses

MSW Non-Thesis Program Requirements (45 credits)

Required Courses (27 credits)

SWRK 690 Independent Study Project 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 643 Research Methods 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 650 Field Work Practicum 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 651 Field Work Practicum 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 653 Research Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 660 Field Work Practicum 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

NOTE:

While not a prerequisite for admission, possession of a working knowledge of the French language is important not only to candidates who intend to seek admission to the Quebec professional order after graduation, but also to those who wish to maximize their field placement opportunities during their program. In consultation with the Field Education Coordinator, students may have the option of completing their field requirements at an approved social service agency outside of Quebec.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of 500- or 600-level courses; up to 6 credits in total may be taken outside the School of Social Work course offerings with advisor approval.

MSW Thesis Program Requirements (45 credits)

Required Courses (33 credits)

SWRK 698 Thesis Research 1 12 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 699 Thesis Research 2 15 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 643 Research Methods 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 653 Research Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits of SWRK 500- or 600- level courses; up to 6 credits in total may be taken outside the School of Social Work course offerings with advisor approval.

MSW Non-Thesis/BCL/LLB Program Requirements (132 credits)

Students usually take four years to complete the MSW/BCL/LLB program. Students enrolled in the joint program typically begin by completing the first year of the law program. In subsequent academic terms, they take a combination of law and social work credits. *SWRK 691 fulfills the minimum writing requirement for the BCL/LLB.

A joint Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) program is offered by the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Law.

Students complete 45 credits for the M.S.W. degree and 87 credits for the integrated B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees for a total of 132 credits.

Required Courses (30 credits)

SWRK 643 Research Methods 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 650 Field Work Practicum 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 651 Field Work Practicum 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 653 Research Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 660 Field Work Practicum 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 691 Soc Wk/Law Indep Study Project 12 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

Students complete 15 credits of SWRK 500- or 600-level courses. A total of 6 graduate-level credits may be taken outside the School of Social Work course offerings with advisor approval.

Plus 87 credits from the Faculty of Law. For the BCL/LLB requirements, please refer to the MSW/BCL/LLB Program Requirements Page

Master of Social Work (MSW); Social Work (Non-Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)

The Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet degree requirements in Social Work and who wish to take 6 credits of approved coursework to focus on gender, sexuality, feminist, and women's studies and issues in feminist research and methods.

Required Courses (30 credits)

SWRK 690 Independent Study Project 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 643 Research Methods 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 650 Field Work Practicum 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 651 Field Work Practicum 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 653 Research Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 660 Field Work Practicum 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

WMST 601 Feminist Theories and Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

NOTE:
While not a prerequisite for admission, possession of a working knowledge of the French language is important not only to candidates who intend to seek admission to the Quebec professional order after graduation, but also to those who wish to maximize their field placement opportunities during their program. In consultation with the Field Education Coordinator, students may have the option of completing their field requirements at an approved social service agency outside of Quebec.

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

3 credits from the following:

  • WMST 602 Feminist Research Symposium 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    , OR
  • 3 credits of WMST at the 500 or 600 level, OR
  • 3 credits in another department approved as a complementary course to the Option in Gender and Women's Studies by an MSW advisor in the School of Social Work.

12 credits of 500- or 600-level courses selected from the School of Social Work.

 

Complementary Courses by Stream 

Students are encouraged to select complementary courses from their chosen MSW program stream but may elect to take courses listed under other streams.

Children & Families

Courses

Students in this stream are encouraged to register for the following complementary courses::

SWRK 602 Youth Justice in Canada 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 606 Reclaiming Child Welfare 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 610 Family Treatment 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 622 Understanding & Assessing Fam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 623 Couple Therapy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 628 Violence against Women 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 657 Seminar on Mental Health 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses open to all streams

The following complementary courses are available to students across all streams:

SWRK 525 Critical Thought&Ethics in SW 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 633 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 635 Adv Clinical Sem: Use of Self 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 649 Sp Topics in Social Welfare 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Health & Social Care

Courses:

Students in this stream are encouraged to register for the following complementary courses:

SWRK 609 Understanding Social Care 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 655 Seminar on Aging 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 668 Living w/Illness,Loss&Bereave 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 669 Course not available

SWRK 670 Seminar on Caregiving 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 630 Adult Mental Health 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses open to all streams

The following complementary courses are available to students across all streams:

SWRK 525 Critical Thought&Ethics in SW 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 633 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 635 Adv Clinical Sem: Use of Self 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 649 Sp Topics in Social Welfare 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

International & Community Development

Courses:

Students in this stream are encouraged to register for the following complementary courses:

SWRK 532 International Social Work 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 620 Migration and Social Work 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 621 Seminar on Trauma & Resilience 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 624 Community Org.:Advocacy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 626 Intl & Community Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 641 Social Policy Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Courses open to all streams

The following complementary courses are available to students across all streams:

SWRK 525 Critical Thought&Ethics in SW 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 633 Program Evaluation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 635 Adv Clinical Sem: Use of Self 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SWRK 649 Sp Topics in Social Welfare 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer