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Department of Anthropology

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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.


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.

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.

Letter campaign for 1492 Land Back Lane

On January 27, 2021, a group of Haudenosaunee land defenders from Six Nations of the Grand River territory and allies will be in Ottawa to demand federal government attention and action.
Jan 11, 2021

In Solidarity with Defund Hamilton Police Services and the calls for permanent housing

Members of the School of Social Work community have signed a statement that supports the calls for permanent, affordable, and supportive housing for those experiencing houselessness in Hamilton and stands in solidarity with the advocacy work of the Defund Hamilton Police Services (HPS) coalition.
Jan 04, 2021

Job Advertisement: Tenure-Track/Tenured, Assistant/Associate Professors

McMaster University is pleased to announce a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties. McMaster seeks candidates whose scholarship and scholarly work forefronts or contributes to any of the following disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research.
Dec 04, 2020

Data & Sovereignty: Resisting Colonial Logics for Racial Justice

Panel & Discussion Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Nov 20, 2020

In solidarity with Six Nations land defenders

Chris Sinding, Director of McMaster's School of Social Work, writes in support of Six Nations land defenders.
Oct 30, 2020

Injustice at the heart of Caledonia land claim dispute

Excerpt from a letter sent by McMaster Professor of English Daniel Coleman to federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett and Ontario Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Greg Rickford.
Oct 02, 2020