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Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Students who have completed a level I program can apply to the Honours BSW program. The School of Social work aims to provide the milieu and learning resources for students at the undergraduate level to prepare themselves for the general practice of social work. Study is based on a search for the principles of social justice. Preparation for the general practice of social work requires the development of competence in effecting change in a variety of situations affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities in the broader society based on a knowledge of social structure, human behaviour, social welfare services, and social work methods.

B.S.W.Honours Bachelor of Social Work

Students who have completed a level I program can apply to the Honours BSW program. The School of Social work aims to provide the milieu and learning resources for students at the undergraduate level to prepare themselves for the general practice of social work. Study is based on a search for the principles of social justice. Preparation for the general practice of social work requires the development of competence in effecting change in a variety of situations affecting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities in the broader society based on a knowledge of social structure, human behaviour, social welfare services, and social work methods.

 Our programs offer:

  • A focus on social justice
  • Both academic and experiential education
  • Full-time or part-time studies
  • A degree that lets you practice as a Social Worker

What you will learn:

  • How to analyze personal, community, family and societal problems – including how social work and social welfare institutions affect and respond to these problems
  • Practical skills such as interviewing, counselling, community development, social action and advocacy

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

From the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program. (See Admission below.)


12 units

SOCWORK 2A06 A/B - Theory, Process and Communication Skills for Social Work
SOCWORK 2B03 - Social Welfare: General Introduction
SOCWORK 2BB3 - Social Work and Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Perspectives
(SOCWORK 2A06 A/B, SOCWORK 2BB3 and SOCWORK 2B03 must be completed prior to enrolling in SOCWORK 3D06 A/B and SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B)


12 units

SOCWORK 3D06 A/B - General Social Work I
SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B - Field Practicum I
(SOCWORK 3D06 A/B and SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B must be completed prior to enrolling in SOCWORK 4D06 A/B S and SOCWORK 4DD6 A/B S)


12 units

SOCWORK 4D06 A/B S - General Social Work II
SOCWORK 4DD6 A/B S - Field Practicum II


12 units

SOCWORK 3E03 - Individual Practice Across the Lifespan
SOCWORK 3F03 - Social Work with Groups
SOCWORK 4O03 - Social Work with Communities
SOCWORK 4X03 - Social Work with Families


12 units

SOCWORK 4J03 - Social Change: Social Movements and Advocacy
Nine additional units selected from the Social and Political Context of Social Work courses


3 units

Social Sciences Research Methods


27 units

Electives * A maximum of 12 additional units of Social and Political Context of Social Work courses can be taken as electives.

Program Notes

1. Course Groupings: There are two groups of courses in the Social Work program:

Foundations of Social Work includes core courses which are required and are available to social work students only;

Social and Political Context of Social Work. Social Work students must take 12 units from the Social and Political Context of Social Work group of courses, including SOCWORK 4J03. Social and Political Context of Social Work courses are also available for elective credit by undergraduates in Level III or above of a non-Social Work program. All Social and Political Context of Social Work courses have limited enrolment.

Foundation of Social Work

  • SOCWORK 2A06 A/B - Theory, Process and Communication Skills for Social Work
  • SOCWORK 2B03 - Social Welfare: General Introduction
  • SOCWORK 2BB3 - Social Work and Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Perspectives
  • SOCWORK 3D06 A/B - General Social Work I
  • SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B - Field Practicum I
  • SOCWORK 3E03 - Individual Practice Across the Lifespan
  • SOCWORK 3F03 - Social Work with Groups
  • SOCWORK 4D06 A/B S - General Social Work II
  • SOCWORK 4DD6 A/B S - Field Practicum II
  • SOCWORK 4O03 - Social Work with Communities
  • SOCWORK 4X03 - Social Work with Families

Social and Political Context of Social Work

  • SOCWORK 3B03 - Transnational Lives in a Globalizing World
  • SOCWORK 3C03 - Social Aspects of Health and Illness
  • SOCWORK 3H03 - Justice and Social Welfare
  • SOCWORK 3O03 - Social Work and Sexualities
  • SOCWORK 3S03 - Social Work and Disability: Intersections and Exchanges
  • SOCWORK 3T03 - Poverty and Homelessness
  • SOCWORK 3Q03 - Indigenizing Social Work Practice Approaches 
  • SOCWORK 4B03 - Violence in Intimate Relationships
  • SOCWORK 4C03 - Racism and Social Marginalization in Canadian Society
  • SOCWORK 4G03 - Selected Topics
  • SOCWORK 4I03 - Social Work and Indigenous Peoples
  • SOCWORK 4J03 - Social Change: Social Movements and Advocacy
  • SOCWORK 4L03 - Social Work with an Aging Population
  • SOCWORK 4R03 - Women and Social Work
  • SOCWORK 4U03 - Immigration, Settlement and Social Work
  • SOCWORK 4W03 - Child Welfare
  • SOCWORK 4Y03 - Critical Issues in Mental Health and Addiction  

2. Progression Within Program: Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in each of SOCWORK 2A06 A/B, 2B03, 2BB3, 3D06 A/B, 3E03, 3F03, 4D06 A/B S, 4J03, 4O03 and 4X03, a Pass in their field placements SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B and 4DD6 A/B S, and a CA of at least 6.0. If a student fails to meet the minimum grade requirements in these required social work courses or a Pass designation in either field placement (SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B and 4DD6 A/B S), the student may not proceed in the program; however, the student may make a request in writing to the Director of the School of Social Work to be allowed to repeat the course in which the minimum grade or Pass requirement has not been met. Such requests will be reviewed by the Director of the School of Social Work in consultation with the Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and/or the Chair of the Field Education Program and the course instructor. These courses and/or placements may only be repeated when approval is given by the Director of the School of Social Work following consultation as described above. Students who subsequently fail to meet the minimum grade or Pass requirement after repeating the course or placement may not continue in the program.

3. Students who have completed SOC WORK 2E03 but not 3A03 must take both SOCWORK 3E03 and 3F03 and reduce their selections from the Social and Political Context Group to 9 units (selection must still include SOCWORK 4J03). Those students who have taken SOC WORK 3A03 but not 2E03 must contact the School of Social Work for guidance on completion of program requirements.

4. Students must complete three units of Social Sciences research Methods (e.g. SOCIOL 2Z03, SOC PSY 2K03 or HLTHAGE 2A03). A statistics course may not substitute for a research methods course.

5. Graduation: To qualify for the Honours B.S.W. students must complete a total of 120 units. The B.S.W will be granted only if the student has achieved a grade of at least C+ in each of SOCWORK 2A06 A/B, 2B03, 2BB3, 3D06 A/B, 3E03, 3F03, 4D06 A/B S, 4J03, 4O03 and 4X03, a Pass in SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B and 4DD6 A/B S, and a CA of at least 6.0.

6. Students are expected to assume the cost of travelling to and from field practice agencies and for any related expenses.

7. Students in the social work program must apply for third and fourth year field placements (SOCWORK 3DD6 A/B and 4DD6 A/B S). Students are able to rank their placements in terms of preference. While efforts are made to match placements with student preferences, the final assignment of placement settings is constrained by many factors, including the availability of settings and field and faculty resources. Students may therefore be required to complete a field placement in an agency that is not among their preferred options.

Pathways within the B.S.W

Pathway #1: Preparing for Critical Practice in Child Welfare

Are you interested in a career in child welfare?

The McMaster University School of Social Work is partnering with child welfare agencies in southwestern Ontario to offer an enhanced educational experience to BSW students in the areas of child welfare and child protection.

What is Preparing for Critical Practice in Child Welfare (PCPCW)?

PCPCW emphasizes knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin child welfare work, and nurtures student attitudes and critical thinking abilities by drawing on current research and best practice from around the world, including Indigenous approaches to child welfare. PCPCW prepares BSW students for long-term careers in any child protection system in Canada and similar child protection settings internationally. Emphasis will be placed on the policy and practice limitations and possibilities of various child welfare systems that students may work within. Attention is paid to producing graduates with the potential for future leadership within child welfare who can successfully work within the system while also having the ability to think outside them.

Who can participate in PCPCW?

PCPCW is possible for: 

  • Students who are currently in level 2 of the Honours BSW program;
  • Post-degree BSW students who begin in September 2016;
  • Part-time students may be eligible, but should speak with the Social Work Administrator to carefully plan their credits.

What does PCPCW include?

Students who participate in PCPCW will usually complete all of the following:

  • SW 4W03 (Child Welfare course);
  • 3D06 Field Placement (in a related area, but not in a child welfare agency); be sure to discuss your interest in the PCPCW with the Field Education coordinator - she will help you identify a relevant setting;
  • Advanced Theory Process & Communications: Critical Practice in Child Welfare (new 6-unit course to be taken in 4th year);
  • 4D06 Field Placement (in one of the participating child welfare agencies).

How does PCPCW affect my BSW field placements?

PCPCW students will complete their 3D06 Field Placement in a related area, but not in a child welfare agency to maintain the generalist character of the BSW. PCPCW students will have the opportunity to interview for a 4D06 Field Placement with at least one of the participating child welfare agencies. Students who successfully secure a placement will be provided with support and mentorship from Field Instructors who are linked to and familiar with PCPCW.

What opportunities does PCPCW offer BSW students?

Advanced Theory, Process and Communication Course

PCPCW students will take a new 6-unit advanced course on case work designed to integrate theory and practice with a particular focus on child welfare. Students who are interested in PCPCW and the new course will be asked to provide: a) a reference letter from their 3D instructor; b) a recommendation from the Undergraduate Chair (Professor Saara Greene); and c) a recommendation from the Field Education Coordinator (Professor Janice Chaplin). Registration in this course will be limited to 12 students.

Preparedness for Child Welfare Practice

PCPCW students will develop increased academic knowledge about child welfare practice, as well as a broader awareness of and commitment to increased quality service. PCPCW students will have the opportunity to apply critical social work skills in both simulated and real child welfare settings where practice is fast-paced, highly regulated, usually complex, often conflictual, and where attention to issues of power, anti-oppression, decolonization and other social justice issues is crucial.

Cross-sectoral Child Welfare Practice

Child welfare agencies maintain relationships and partnerships with a number of community stakeholders including police services, the education system, the legal / criminal justice system, social services, Public Health, etc. Students who participate in PCPCW and complete their 4th year 4D placement at a participating child welfare agency will have the opportunity to liaise with these stakeholders and engage in cross-sectoral, community development social work practice.

Pilot Projects / Special Programs

Child welfare agencies develop and offer unique programs and pilot projects to respond to client and community needs. Students who participate in PCPCW will have the opportunity to be exposed to and engage with these programs as part of their 4th year placement. Unique programs and pilot projects will be communicated when students are considering agencies for their 4th year placement.

What else do I need to know about PCPCW?

  • Participating in PCPCW is voluntary and does not result in any formal designation on your degree.
  • Do you have access to a vehicle? Most child welfare agencies require that students have a car while on placement and some agencies are a 30 to 60 minute drive from McMaster University.
  • Plan your units carefully, and have a back-up plan. Six units are needed for the new 6-unit advanced course on case work, and enrollment in this course is capped at 12 students.
  • You may not be able to complete a Minor if you are already in progress.
  • PCPCW students will be encouraged to use the Pebble Pad Learning Portfolio to reflect upon their learning and keep track of their progress through the BSW program.
  • PCPCW is being offered as a pilot and will be evaluated over 3 cohorts of BSW students. PCPCW students will be invited to participate in research, which is voluntary; your participation or not in the research will not affect any aspect of your participation in the BSW program, including student evaluations in BSW course work and field placements.

Still have questions?

For administrative questions contact Tammy Maikawa, Administrator for the School of Social Work at millet@mcmaster.ca.

For questions about child welfare social work or PCPCW curriculum content contact Gary Dumbrill at dumbrill@mcmaster.ca.

 

Pathway #2: Indigenous Pathways through the McMaster Bachelor of Social Work program

The McMaster School of Social Work has a broad mission to structure social work education, research and practice in pursuit of social justice and collective welfare. This includes a desire to focus on Indigenous experiences, knowledge and approaches towards disrupting colonialism. To this end, the School is identifying Indigenous Pathways through the BSW program.

Beginning in 2016 all incoming BSW students will have the opportunity to pursue an Indigenous Pathway through the BSW program. Honours BSW students can complete the Indigenous Pathway as well as a Minor in Indigenous Studies.

As part of the Pathway (and soon to be a requirement for all BSW students) students will take Introduction to Indigenous Studies (INDIG ST 1A03). This course is offered through a partnership between the School of Social Work and the Indigenous Studies program. The course focuses on the histories, societies and politics of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples, the distinctive features of Indigenous worldviews and the history of relationships with European settler societies, with attention to treaties, legislation, and activism.

Indigenous Pathway (Honours BSW and post-degree BSW students*)

The Indigenous Pathway involves nine units of coursework and a focused placement:

  • INDIG ST 1A03: Introduction to Indigenous Studies*
  • 3Q03: Indigenizing Social Work Practice Approaches
  • 4I03: Social Work & Indigenous Peoples
  • A fourth-year placement in an indigenous-focused agency or setting
     

* Because post-degree BSW students have only Social Work courses to complete for their degree,  most post-degree students will have to take INDIG ST 1A03 in addition to their degree requirements to complete the Pathway, unless this or a similar course was taken in their first degree. Check with the School’s student advisor, Tammy Maikawa, for details.

Indigenous Pathway AND Minor in Indigenous Studies (Honours BSW students only)

The Indigenous Pathway plus Minor in Indigenous Studies involves twenty-seven units of coursework, and a focused placement.

  • 4I03: Social Work & Indigenous Peoples (taken as one of the courses towards the Minor)
  • 3Q03: Indigenizing Social Work practice approaches (taken in addition to the Minor)
  • A fourth-year placement in an indigenous-focused agency or setting
  • A Minor in Indigenous Studies requires 24 units total, 6 units from this list:
    • INDIG ST 1A03 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies
    • INDIG ST 1AA3 - Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Studies
    • CAYUGA 1Z03 - Introduction to Cayuga Language and Culture
    • MOHAWK 1Z03 - Introduction to Mohawk Language and Culture
    • OJIBWE 1Z03 - Introduction to Ojibwe Language and Culture
  • And 18 units from the list here: http://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/preview_program.php?catoid=7&poid=4238&returnto=563
    Participating in the Indigenous Pathway does not result in any formal designation on your degree; however if you complete the Minor in Indigenous Studies, this appears on your degree.

Students will have to plan carefully to complete the Pathway. If you wish to follow an Indigenous Pathway through the program, please discuss this early in your BSW with the School’s student advisor, Tammy Maikawa.

Enrolment in this program is limited. Eligibility is dependent upon completion of any Level I program (a minimum of 30 units), including six units from SOCWORK 1A06 A/B or SOCIOL 1A06 A/B and six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List below (or equivalent), normally with a minimum average of 6.0 on the most recent 30 units (five full credits) of university-level courses completed and evidence of personal suitability which may be evaluated by one or a combination of written statements, tests or interviews.

Course List

ANTHROP 1AA3 - Introduction to Anthropology: Sex, Food and Death
ANTHROP 1AB3 - Introduction to Anthropology: Race, Religion, and Conflict
CMST 1A03 - Introduction to Communication
ECON 1B03 - Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 1BB3 - Introductory Macroeconomics
GEOG 1HA3 - Human Geographies: Society and Culture
GEOG 1HB3 - Human Geographies: City and Economy
GLOBALZN 1A03 - Global Citizenship
HLTHAGE 1AA3 - Introduction to Health Studies
HLTHAGE 1BB3 - Aging and Society
HLTHAGE 1CC3 - Introduction to Mental Health and Illness
INDIGST 1A03 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies
INDIGST 1AA3 - Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Studies
LABRST 1A03 - An Introduction to Labour in Canada
LABRST 1C03 - Voices of Work, Resistance and Change
PEACEST 1A03 - Introduction to Peace Studies
POLSCI 1G06 A/B
POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
PSYCH 1X03 - Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
PSYCH 1XX3 - Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
PSYCH 1F03 - Survey of Psychology
RELIGST 1B06 A/B - What On Earth Is Religion?
RELIG ST 1D06
RELIGST 1J03 - Great Books in Asian Religions
RELIGST 1K03 
SOCPSY 1Z03 - An Introduction to Social Psychology
SOCSCI 1SS3 - Inquiry in the Social Sciences
SOCWORK 1A06 A/B - Introduction to Social Work
SOCIOL 1A06 A/B - An Introduction To Sociology
WOMENST 1A03 - Women, Culture, Power
WOMENST 1AA3 - Women Transforming the World

Admission Notes

  1. Students who have successfully completed the two-year College of Applied Arts and Technology Social Services Diploma with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (75%) are considered to have completed the equivalent of SOCWORK 1A06 A/B and, therefore, are required to complete six additional units of introductory level courses from the Course List above.

  2. An applicant must complete Level I (a minimum of 30 units) by April of the year in which application is made.
  1. Aboriginal students (includes First Nations, Métis & Inuit) may select an alternate application process. Those who wish to do so should consult the School of Social Work for details.

  2. All applications for admission to the School of Social Work are considered annually and must be made directly to the School by March 1 for the Fall/Winter term.

Application Components

Admission scores are based 50% on results from the Social Work Admissions Test (SWAT) and 50% on a student’s GPA. 

  1. Social Work Admission Test (S.W.A.T.) - value 50%

    In accordance with the evaluation criteria of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, our admission procedures include assessment of personal suitability as well as academic capability. The S.W.A.T. is designed in an effort to draw on applicants' personal and professional experiences and preparatory study is not expected or necessary for the essay-style responses.  For information on the S.W.A.T. please see our S.W.A.T. information page.

  2. Academic Record - value 50%

    Every candidate’s GPA is calculated on the most recent 30 units (5 full credits) of university-level work, whether taken at McMaster or elsewhere.  If the applicant is currently registered in 30 units, then those are used; if they are registered in fewer units, then we will go to the previous session and select sufficient units to total 30 (taking the best grades from that session).  If an applicant has received advanced credit based on community college work, we will use any university courses they have taken plus sufficient units from the community college advanced standing credit work to equal 30 units.

Application Procedures

McMASTER STUDENTS - Honours B.S.W. Program

  1. Admission links for September 2017 are now closed.  

    This application must be completed and submitted to the School of Social Work no later than March 1, 2017. 

  2. S.W.A.T.(Social Work Admissions Test)
    Once you have completed the Supplementary Application you will receive an email with instructions on activating your Mac ID.  Following that, more information on the S.W.A.T. will be sent mid-February. The S.W.A.T. will be written on-line through Avenue to Learn, in March 2017.  The three available S.W.A.T. dates are now confirmed for Wednesday, March 15th from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 18th from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Monday, March 20th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   You must submit the Supplementary Application Form to receive information about registering for the S.W.A.T.

  3. Transcripts
    The School of Social Work will obtain a copy of your official transcripts directly from the Office of the Registrar at McMaster. You need not initiate this process. 

NON-McMASTER STUDENTS - Honours B.S.W.

  1. School of Social Work Supplementary Application for Admission
    The on-line web-based application form is now closed for September 2017 admission.
    This application must be completed and submitted to the School of Social Work no later than March 1, 2017. 
  2. Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, Form 105D
    (on-line form available after October 1, 2016 at http://www.ouac.on.ca)
    Fee: $155 application fee + $85 assessment fee = $240.00
    OUAC form 105D must be completed by February 1, 2017 

  3. S.W.A.T. (Social Work Admissions Test)
    Once you have completed the Supplementary Application you will receive an email with instructions on activating your Mac ID.  Following that, more information on the S.W.A.T. will be sent mid-February. The S.W.A.T. will be written on-line through Avenue to Learn, in March 2017, date and time TBA. Several test times will be available.
  4. Transcripts
    Applicants must arrange for McMaster to receive official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.  If you are currently attending fall term/semester, you must arrange for a transcript to be sent as soon as fall grades are available (to be received no later than March 1st.). If you are attending both fall and winter terms/semesters, you must have a transcript sent as soon as fall grades are available (to be received no later than March 1st) and another at the end of winter term/semester when winter grades are available.  All transcripts should be sent to the Office of the Registrar (Admissions), Gilmour Hall Room 108, McMaster University.  Fee information is available on the Ontario Universities Application Centre website.

Application Materials

All written materials submitted in relation to application for undergraduate study in social work become the property of the School of Social Work, McMaster University and cannot be returned to, or photocopied by, the applicant regardless of the final decision regarding admission.

Documents submitted by applicants who are ACCEPTED will be kept on file until October 15th of the year in which application is made, at which time all materials except the application form, scoring sheets and transcripts will be destroyed. Prior to this date, written materials may be reviewed for administrative accuracy by the applicant in the presence of a Faculty Member or the Administrative Coordinator of the School of Social Work.

Documents submitted by applicants who are NOT ACCEPTED will be kept on file until July 15th of the year following application, at which time they will be destroyed. Prior to this date written materials may be reviewed for administrative accuracy by the applicant in the presence of a Faculty Member or the Administrative Coordinator of the School of Social Work.

Subsequent applications by individuals not accepted into the School of Social Work or by individuals who withdraw from the application process will constitute NEW applications and will require re-submission of ALL documents. 

Application Withdrawal

Applicants who decide to discontinue their application at any point after submission are required to notify the School of Social Work in writing of their withdrawal.  Those who have applied through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) must also contact them to amend their program choice.

Notification of Acceptance

Normally, notification of final decisions will be mailed on or about June 15th. You must call the School of Social Work to confirm your acceptance within 15 calendar days of the offer letter date or your position will be forfeited. For those applicants who have also applied through the Ontario Universities Application Centre, an official letter of acceptance from the Registrar's Office will be emailed to you and you must respond to OUAC as well.  Offers of acceptance cannot be deferred; students must complete a required social work (i.e. Foundation) course in the year of admission.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing applications are considered only after formal acceptance has been issued. You are required to submit supporting transcripts and course outlines for those courses on which you wish advanced standing to be based. Identify those courses in the School for which advanced standing is sought. If you are including work experience as a factor in your request for advanced standing, please submit a detailed job description and an evaluation (form to be supplied by the School) completed by your immediate supervisor. Note that requests for advanced standing cannot solely be based on work experience. You will be notified in writing about the decision of the Advanced Standing Committee. 

Appeal Procedure

The recommendation concerning admission of an applicant by the School of Social Work Admission Committee is final, and is subject only to review for administrative correctness.

Aboriginal Students (Includes First Nations and Metis)

Aboriginal Students may select an alternate application process. For those who wish to do so, please consult the School of Social Work for details.

Additional Information

Are you still wondering if you are eligible to apply to the Honours B.S.W. or B.S.W. post-degree program?  Please complete our Pre-Application.

For more assistance in completing your application material or other administrative concerns, please contact:

Lorna O'Connell

Administrative Assistant

905-525-9140 ext 23795

Email: infobsw@mcmaster.ca

or

Tammy Maikawa, Administrator

905-525-9140 ext 23793

905-525-9140 ext 23793

 

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Social Work Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

The Citizen Action Group Prize*

Established in 1984 by the Citizen Action Group, Hamilton, to honour Professor Harry L. Penny, founding Director of the School of Social Work and Board Member of Citizen Action Group.  To be awarded to the student in a program in Social Work who achieves the highest grade in SOC WORK 4O03.
Value:  $500.00

The Dr. Jean Jones Memorial Scholarship*

Established in 2005 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Jean Jones.  To be awarded to the full-time student who attains the highest cumulative average in either the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work or the Bachelor of Social Work post degree program.
Value:   $800

The Ontario Association of Social Workers Prize

Established in 1986 and augmented in 1992 by the Hamilton Branch.  Two prizes to be awarded to the graduating students, one first degree and one second degree, who successfully completes Social Work 4DD6 and attains the highest grade in Social Work 4D06 in the same session.
Value:   $200 each

The Harry L. Penny Prize

Established in 1984 in recognition of Professor Harry L. Penny, founding Director of the School of Social Work, for his outstanding contribution to the School.  To be awarded to the student with the highest Cumulative Average in a Social Work program.
Value:   $100

The Social Work Prize

Established in 1982.   To be awarded to the student who attains the highest grade in Social Work 2A06.
Value:  $100

The Anne Stein Memorial Prize

Established in 1971 by friends and colleagues of Anne Stein.   To be awarded to the student who successfully completes Social   Work 3DD6 and attains the highest grade in Social Work 3D06 in the same session.
Value:  $125 (one full-time, one part-time)

*An award name ending with an * indicates that the award is open to both full-time and part-time second baccalaureate (post degree) students.

Students must meet eligibility requirements for these awards as set out in the “General Conditions” and “Terms of Awards” described in the McMaster University Undergraduate Calendar.   For further information or clarification, please consult the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Gilmour Hall Room 120 or 905-525-9140, Ext. 24319.

Social Work Bursaries

The Sidney L. Blum Bursary

Established in 1989 by friends and associates in memory of Sidney L. Blum.  To be granted on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Social Work, to any undergraduate student in good standing in Levels III or IV of the BA/BSW program or Level II of the BSW program.

The Kelly Dawn Lapp Memorial Bursary

Established in 1997 by family and friends under the McMaster Student Opportunity Fund initiative in memory of Kelly Dawn Lapp who received her BA/BSW degree from McMaster University in 1996.  To be granted to a student enrolled in the Social Work program who demonstrates financial need.  Preference will be given to a student who has volunteered or worked in programs related to violence against women and children, employment and affordable housing for women, advocacy and treatment of mental health patients, addiction treatment or prevention of cruelty to animals.

The Ewan Macintyre Bursaries

Established in 1999 by the Social Work Alumni Branch, the Citizen Action Group, the Social Work Students Association, faculty (past and present), staff, friends, alumni and various organizations association with McMaster’s School of Social Work as a tribute to Dr. Ewan Macintyre for his 29 years of service to the School, including 12 years of service as the School’s Director.  A variable number of bursaries to be granted to students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in a Bachelor of Social work program.

The Marion Pearce Bursaries

Established in 1990 by Dr. Sally Palmer in memory of her aunt Marion Pearce (class of ’20).  Miss Pearce worked with New Canadians at the Beverly Street Baptist Church in Toronto.  A variable number of bursaries to be granted to students enrolled in the Social Work program who have demonstrated financial need.

School Of Social Work Endowment Fund

Established through the generous donations of alumni, family, friends and corporate sponsors, the School of Social Work Endowment Fund will provide support in such areas as faculty research projects, student support, new initiatives and special projects.  To apply for assistance from this fund, please contact Tammy Maikawa, Administrative Co-ordinator of the School of Social Work at millet@mcmaster.ca.

Other Awards and Bursaries

For information regarding other academic awards and bursaries not specifically for social work students, please consult the Awards Section of the Undergraduate Calendar or the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Gilmour Hall Room 120 or 905-525-9140, Ext. 24319.

Tammy Maikawa, Administrator and Academic Advisor
KTH-317

millet@mcmaster.ca

905-525-9140 ext.23793

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

2016/2017 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Field Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses
For more information:
School of Social Work
KTH 319
905-525-9140 ext. 23795
socwork@mcmaster.ca
Length:
3-4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any level 1 program
Program Type:
Course based, Practicum based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
March 1