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Department of Anthropology

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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.


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.

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.

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.

OPEN LETTER: Hamilton Public Health needs to work with community members to prioritize vaccinations for Black, racialized, disabled and working class communities

Please join us and sign in support of the urgent call to add Black and other racialized groups to the booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations, in Hamilton and across Ontario.
Apr 16, 2021

Ameil Joseph has been featured in the British Journal of Social Work.

Ameil Joseph of the School of Social Work has been published to the British Journal of Social Work. The article is entitled Simulating the Other in Social Work Pedagogy: Pathologising the Oppressed through Neoliberal/Colonial Practice Teaching.
Mar 30, 2021

#MigrantSexWorkerJustice: Please sign and share!

On behalf of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network), and Elene Lam, a Social Work PhD student, we are inviting your organization and affiliated individuals to sign our declaration of support and join our community of allies in support of the rights of migrant sex workers.
Mar 25, 2021

The Impact of the Dr. Richard Splane Fund for Social Policy in Social Work

PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at McMaster University, Mary-Elizabeth Vaccaro, is a recipient of the Dr. Richard Splane Fellowship in Social Policy. She's used the Fellowship to advocate and raise awareness around gender-based homelessness.
Mar 24, 2021

Coming to Critical Disability Studies: Critical Reflections on Disability in Health and Social Work Professions (co-authored by Ann Fudge Schormans)

This paper describes how four ‘helping’ professionals came to embrace and teach critical disability studies (CDS) perspectives rather than biomedical approaches to impairment and disability that traditionally inform those professions (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, and speech-language pathology).
Mar 15, 2021

Five Questions with Mary Vaccaro

Meet McMaster School of Social Work PhD student, Mary Vaccaro, who researches and advocates for women experiencing long-term homelessness. In this profile for International Women's Day, she talks about her work, and the impact she hopes to have on her community.
Mar 08, 2021