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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.

COVID-19 is worsening homelessness and insecure housing for women - Behind the Numbers

School of Social Work Assistant Professor Jennie Vengris and PhD candidate Mary Vaccaro discuss the ways COVID-19 has impacted women and gender diverse people experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Aug 07, 2020

Letter about the City’s decision to dismantle encampments

The following letter was written by Mary Vaccaro, PhD candidate in McMaster's School of Social Work.
Jul 31, 2020

How much more do you need to see? Black Lives Matter

The following was from an address given by Ameil Joseph at the Black Friday Rally in Support of Black Organizations in Hamilton, Friday June 12 at Hamilton City Hall
Jun 16, 2020

Statement on the killing of George Floyd and Racial Justice

The African-Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster University (ACFAM) has released the following statement on the killing of George Floyd and Racial Justice.
Jun 02, 2020

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020