The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. The course-based route is appropriate for students who intend to provide direct service in the field.
The Faculty of Social Work offers the MSW program in Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.
Students holding an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree are admitted directly into a 12-month or 24-month MSW program. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline complete nine foundation courses (in 12 months) followed by the 12-month or 24-month program.
Completing this program
- Courses: Students must follow the prescribed curriculum plan for their specialization and complete all 12 courses (3 units each) if they entered the program with a BSW or 21 courses (3 units each) if they entered the program with a non-social work undergraduate degree.
- Clinical Social Work Practice (12-month or 24-month program for students with a BSW)
- Leadership in the Human Services (24-month program for students with a BSW)
- International and Community Development (24-month program for students with a BSW)
Hospitals/community health centers, mental health clinics, schools, non-profit/advocacy groups, government, social service/child welfare/family service agencies, correctional facilities, social housing, family courts, employee assistance programs, private counselling, school boards, consultation.
A course-based master’s degree in social work is usually considered a final degree.
Foundation: Nine courses; Specialization: 12 courses. MSW students with a non-social work bachelor's degree must complete all foundation courses prior to taking any specialization courses.
Classes are delivered online and in person
Program length is one, two, or three years full-time study, dependent on specialization and program location; six years maximum.
No supervisor is required.
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A Bachelor of Social Work degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree in another discipline.
Applicants must have the equivalent of two years of full-time paid or volunteer work (or the equivalent of 3000 hours) in the human services field.
- A study plan outlining the applicant's educational goals and career expectations. (If applying to the Calgary program, the study plan must indicate the applicant’s intended area of Specialization: Clinical Social Work Practice, Leadership in the Human Services, or International and Community Development)
Two; one professional and one academic
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) score of 97.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0.
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 68, or higher (Academic version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 (no less than 70 on reading and writing sections).
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in writing courses.
For admission on May 1:
- Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 1 application deadline
- International students: Nov. 1 application deadline
If you're interested in this program, you might want to explore other UCalgary programs.