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The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. The thesis-based route is designed for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies and/or anticipate a career requiring advanced program evaluation and research skills.
The Faculty of Social Work offers MSW programs in Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.
In Calgary, students are admitted annually and choose one of three Specializations (listed below). Students holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree are admitted directly into a two-year Specialization program. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline are admitted into a three-year program and complete a Foundation year followed by their Specialization year.
In Edmonton, students are admitted in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2021, 2023) to the Clinical Social Work Practice Specialization. Students holding a BSW degree complete the Specialization program in three years. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline complete the Foundation courses followed by the Specialization courses, requiring a total of four years of study.
In Lethbridge, the Faculty of Social Work offers the Clinical Social Work Practice Specialization to students with a BSW. Admission occurs in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2021, 2023). Students complete the program in three years.
Courses: Students take four courses in advanced social practice, four specialization courses, and two thesis research courses.
Thesis: Students in the thesis route conduct original research and prepare a thesis which is evaluated on the written content and is orally defended before an examination committee.
Research Proposal: Calgary students should complete all coursework prior to having their proposal approved by their supervisor.
Edmonton and Lethbridge students have their proposal approved by their supervisor in the summer following their admission to the Specialization program.
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 master’s degree in social work is a preferred pre-requisite for a PhD.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Foundation: Nine courses; Specalization: Ten courses. MSW students with a non-social work bachelor's degree must complete Foundation courses prior to Specialization courses
Two to three years full-time (Calgary); three to four years (Edmonton); three years (Lethbridge); four years maximum
A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program
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, 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.
Two; one professional and one academic
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on May 1: