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Undergraduate Programs

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.

Field Education

We have a long history of combining practical and classroom learning. We have over 100 community partners who help us the provide hands-on experience that is an integral part of our BSW and MSW programs.

Research

Our research topics span social work’s central commitments to respond to individual and social problems and pursue social justice. Our strengths include knowledge mobilization – our engagement with theoretical, applied/professional, community and public audiences. Methodologically, we employ a range of critical approaches that consider power relations in research and practice.

Graduate Programs

We believe that social workers must be actively involved in the understanding and transformation of injustices in social institutions and in the struggles of people to maximize control over their own lives. The School of Social Work offers two MSW programs, a PhD program and a Graduate Diploma.

We must speak out against racism

"We cannot sit passively by and let the seeds of intolerance that have been sown to flourish. " - Ameil J. Joseph, McMaster School of Social Work

Aug 16, 2017

New report on immigration and integration in Hamilton

Mirna Carranza of the School of Social Work, recently released a report that analyzed the experience of immigrants to the city of Hamilton and considered the role of the child welfare system in their integration and adaptation.

Jul 24, 2017

Fringe Festival Play highlights stories of Hamilton's immigrant women

Local professor's play receives outstanding reviews. Mirna Carranza McMaster School of Social Work’s "We Are Not the Others" tells real stories of Hamilton immigrants.

Jul 13, 2017

Testing the waters: Building relationships through Reconciliation

McMaster University School of Social Work is pleased to announce Dr. Bonnie Freeman (PI) and Dr. Trish Van Katwyk (Co-Applicant) (University of Waterloo) as recipients of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant for their project titled, “Testing the Waters: Building Relationships through Reconciliation and a Two Row Research Paradigm”.

Jul 10, 2017

Social Work Community Mourns the Loss of Mel Basbaum

Mel Basbaum spent most of his career as a social worker with Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and continued working after retiring in private practice and as an Employee Assistance Counsellor. Throughout his life, Mel was also very active as a volunteer with many community organizations, committees and boards. Mel passed away suddenly on May 29 in his 75th year. He will be very missed in the local social work community.

Jun 05, 2017

Post-Doctoral Fellow / Project Manager

The School of Social Work is looking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow / Project Manager for the project, Transforming Stories, Driving Change (TSDC).

Jun 05, 2017

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.

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B.S.W. Bachelor of Social Work (Post Degree)

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university can apply to our B.S.W. post degree 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.

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M.S.W. Master of Social Work Critical Analysis

The primary objective of the MSW: Critical Analysis of Social Work is to provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills necessary for the critical analysis of social work, and to examine the challenges and possibilities of working toward more inclusive and just policies and practices in the future.

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M.S.W. Master of Social Work Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities

The primary objective of the MSW: Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities is to foster progressive leadership in the community and social service sectors.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Justice

Building on our unique MSW program that emphasizes the critical analysis of social policy, social work practice and leadership, the PhD program focuses on social work and social justice. It is designed to stimulate and support scholarship on the ways in which social policies and social work practices can contribute to redressing social inequalities and enhancing social justice.

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G.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities

The Graduate Diploma in Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities is grounded in a recognition of the contemporary conditions of social service and community work, and in expansive and critical definitions of leadership. The diploma aims to enhance progressive leadership in the community and social service sectors. All students admitted to the program will have experience as leaders in community or social service settings. The Graduate Diploma enhances critical leadership practice through an academic exploration of issues that deliberately and consistently draws on students’ own leadership experiences

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Minor Interdisciplinary minor in Social Justice and Inclusive Communities

New in Fall 2017! The minor in Social Justice and Inclusive Communities provides students with the opportunity to understand structures and processes underlying social marginalization, and to explore the range of ways people and communities work to bring about social justice, equity, and inclusion.

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