Admission Requirements

Applications are assessed on demonstrated experience, professional background, scholarly potential, letters of reference and personal statement. The basic requirements are:

  • a Master's degree
    • an MSW degree OR a BSW with a master's degree in a related subject or discipline from an accredited program.
  • a minimum CGPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
  • a university-level statistics and research methodology course taken within the last 5 years.

Courses at McGill are offered in English. A parallel stream is offered in French at Université de Montréal and at Université de Québec a Montréal. Students have the option of applying to the Joint Ph.D. program through any of these universities.


Other Admissions Information

  • Admission is only for the Fall Semester.

  • We offer a competitive funding package to incoming students. Currently, we offer $20,000 per year for the first three years, with the understanding that students are required to apply for external funding (which would replace our package if the student is successful). We also offer differential fee waivers so that international students pay equivalent to Canadian rates. We support students in acquiring external funding and also encourage access to research assistantships, teaching assistantships and sessional teaching contracts.
  • With McGill’s Aboriginal Admissions Protocol, Indigenous students can submit additional documentation that would be considered as part of their application to McGill. Prospective First Nations, Inuit, or Métis students should identify themselves as such when filling out their application, which allows them to take advantage. For more information, please visit the First People’s House website. Students can also contact the Indigenous Access McGill Program for support in applying.
  • International students must have the necessary Immigration Documents to study in Canada. Students should refer to the website for International Students at McGill.

  • All international applicants to the Joint PhD Program in Social Work are required to verify their degree equivalencies and eligibility for admission. Details can be found here.

  • The language of instruction for most courses at McGill University is English. Students do have the option to submit writing in French. For more information, please refer to the McGill Language Policy.

  • Some students might be required to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill School of Social Work.  Please refer to the University’s English Language Proficiency for more information.

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