The McMaster School of Social Work strives to:
- support and prepare students for critical, skilled and ethical practices in a wide variety of social and community services and contexts;
- support and prepare students for critical self-reflection as both professionals and citizens;
- foster education and research engaged in partnership with a wide range of diverse communities, locally and beyond;
- foster scholarship that responds to changing dynamics of inequality and to the restructuring of public services;
- reflect emerging scholarship in social work, social policy and related fields
Normally, students admitted to the Honours B.S.W. Program will require up to three years after admission to complete the program. The program is also offered on a part-time basis.
BSW (Post Degree)
Students admitted to the B.S.W. (Post Degree) Program normally will require two academic years and one summer after admission to complete the program on a full-time basis. The program is also offered on a part-time basis.
We have over 100 community partners who help us provide social work education to approximately 140 McMaster social work students per year. Students are placed in community agencies throughout the Hamilton, Halton, Brant, Niagara and Haldimand-Norfolk area.
Objectives of the Program:
The objectives are to provide opportunities for students to develop:
- an understanding of human behaviour and how it is shaped by the social and cultural context;
- an understanding of how social structures benefit and disadvantage various segments of society;
- an understanding of social work interventions and how they are shaped by the personal, social, cultural, and institutional context;
- a critical analysis of social welfare institutions and their history, organization, uses, and limitations;
- a critical awareness of the role of social work in the development, maintenance, and resolution of social and personal troubles;
- interventive skills related to individuals, groups, families, community and policy;
- interpersonal and organizational skills;
- analytic and research skills;
- writing and communication skills.
Our program is accredited as an undergraduate university-level degree program by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. You will be eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Social Workers both as a student and upon graduation. Also upon graduation, you will be eligible to join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.