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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.

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.

Wuhan, the coronavirus and the world: Thinking beyond isolation

Professor Rachel Zhou reflects on the coronavirus in this article, originally published in The Conversation
Feb 05, 2020

Attention Honours BSW and BSW Post Degree Applicants!

If you are planning to apply to the Honours BSW or BSW post-degree programs for September 2020 admission there are a few steps that you need to take as soon as possible! The Supplementary Application form to apply to the program is due March 1st, 2020.
Feb 04, 2020

McMaster Social Work PhD Candidate awarded Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality

Elene Lam, a student of McMaster's Social Work PhD program has been awarded the Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality for her significant contributions to ensuring equitable treatment of women in Toronto.
Jan 09, 2020

McMaster continues to contribute to setting a new direction for the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC)

McMaster social work professor Ameil Joseph presented year-one data for the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre at a recent public consultation.
Nov 01, 2019

MSW Alum featured in the UN’s 2019 Global Assessment Report

We are pleased to announce that Morgan Pommells, graduate of McMaster’s School of Social Work (MSW ’15), has had her research featured in the UN’s 2019 Global Environment Outlook Report!
Sep 17, 2019

A Year in the Life of Maddie

Madison Brockbank graduated from the BSW program in 2019 and is now pursuing her MSW program with us!
Sep 17, 2019