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Department of Anthropology

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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.

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.

Social Work students launch program – and website - to teach youth about safe substance use and overdose prevention

Olivia Mancini, Kayla Crabtree and Samm Floren create Student Overdose Prevention and Education Network (SOPEN), a volunteer-based program to teach youth about safe substance use and overdose prevention.
Dec 22, 2021

Creating inclusive learning spaces through online engagement

Learning in Colour is a digital platform dedicated to creating safe and inclusive classroom spaces informed by the perspectives and experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized students. Article by Meghan Johnston Originally Published on Daily News
Nov 01, 2021

Maddie Brockbank rocks!

Maddie Brockbank is a PhD student at McMaster University's School of Social Work who specializes in men's violence prevention. She is among the winners of the Women Who Rock Awards.
Nov 01, 2021

Dedicated to diversity and inclusion

Nagham Azzam is the recipient of the Hamilton Health Sciences’ (HHS) 2021 Pat Mandy Inclusion Award (PMIA). The PMIA recognizes an individual who embodies the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion every day and who dedicates themselves to removing barriers to inclusion for marginalized populations.
Oct 25, 2021

Social Work student, Calvin Prowse, talks about receiving the prestigious Hilary M. Weston Scholarship

Prowse was one of two graduate students awarded the scholarship, which recognizes outstanding work and contribution to mental health.
Oct 22, 2021