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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.

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

McMaster social work professor recognized for outstanding contributions to community

Indigenous scholar, Dr. Bonnie Freeman is one of ten Mohawk College alumni honoured for contributions in business, community contributions .
Aug 20, 2019

On Freedom, Voice, Protest and Dissent

Dr. Ameil Joseph's final letter as Chair (2016-2018) and Co-Chair (2018-2019) of the President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community.
Jul 29, 2019

SSHRC awards Mac Social Sciences researchers over $900,000 in Insight Grants

Eight research projects from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences have been awarded a total of $903,168 in funding through the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Development Grants.
Jul 17, 2019