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Master of Social Work

As one of the modern helping disciplines, social work fulfills a strategic function in the field of social services. The social work profession is concerned with the wide range of human and environmental factors, and processes that influence social functioning in contemporary life. It seeks to alleviate and prevent personal and social problems experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities, and to contribute to constructive institutional change and development.

The education program of the faculty is designed to prepare specially qualified personnel for the many forms of direct clinical and community practice, and for the related professional functions of policy development, planning, administration and research. In all of these areas there is a growing demand, in both governmental and voluntary sectors, for social workers who possess advanced, theoretical knowledge and specialized practice competence.

Inaugurated in 1966, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program was first accredited in 1974 by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work and was most recently reaccredited in 2012.


Headstart is a program designed to make the transition to graduate school easier for our incoming students. It’s an opportunity to learn about:

  • Program information
  • Field Education
  • Academic expectations and strategies for academic success

Note: While Headstart offers drop-in sessions to assist you in your course selection and registration, you should not wait until you attend Headstart to begin signing up for your courses. Registration opens on May 15th at 10 a.m., please make sure to check your program requirements before you register.

Headstart 2017 Dates

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm for students in the Advanced Standing FT program  REGISTER
  • Thursday June 1, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm for students in the 2 year FT or 3 year PT programs  REGISTER

Headstart Schedule

6:00 pm FSW-101
Welcome by Dr. Eliana Suarez, Associate Dean
Program Information
Field Education Information

7:30 pm Lab 002
Course registration drop-in session
Building Tour


Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Additional details to follow.

2017-2018 Term Dates

  • Spring 2017: Monday, April 17 to Monday, June 19
  • Fall 2017: Monday, Sept. 11 to Friday, Dec. 8
  • Winter 2018: Wednesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, April 6
  • Spring 2018: Monday, April 16 to Monday, June 18

Info for Future Students

Master of Social Work PhD in Social Work