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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.

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.

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.

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.

Safety, support and community: The path to end chronic homelessness

People often think all a homeless person needs to get back on their feet is an apartment, says Mary-Elizabeth Vaccaro, a PhD student in McMaster’s School of Social Work. But her research shows that’s not at all the case for chronically homeless women.

Oct 09, 2018

McMaster's Faculty of Social Sciences is turning 50

Join us for a day of discovery as we celebrate 50 years of Social Sciences at McMaster! Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Oct 09, 2018

Poverty, advocacy and the municipal election: “Get informed and be prepared to vote”

A recent event hosted by the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative brought together poverty experts and advocates to discuss the impacts of poverty and how citizens can learn more about this important issue before heading to the polls on Oct. 22.

Oct 05, 2018

Fall Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) information sessions

Come out to learn more about the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The USRA provides you with an opportunity to receive funds of $3,500 to cover part-time, research-based activity over the Fall/Winter Terms.

Sep 24, 2018

Poverty, Advocacy, and Municipal Elections

Join us on October 2 to hear from campus and community leaders working to reduce poverty and advocate for change in Hamilton. You'll have the opportunity to hear personal stories and experiences from individuals who have been participating in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot and discuss the implications of the pilot cancellation.

Sep 18, 2018

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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B.S.W. Preparing for Critical Practice in Child Welfare Pathway through the BSW Programs

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B.S.W. Indigenous Pathway through the BSW Programs

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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. PhD in Social Work

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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G.Dip. Graduate Diploma in Community-Engaged Research and Evaluation

This Graduate Diploma offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in community-engaged research and evaluation, and to contribute to community and agency learning, effectiveness, and change. In this program students who have undergraduate degrees and experience working in social and community services will craft locally relevant research questions and/ or frame evaluation processes useful for both agency/ community and funder purposes, and build their capacities for conducting participatory, justice-focused research and evaluation.

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Minor Interdisciplinary Minor in Social Justice and Inclusive Communities

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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