York's MSW graduate program takes an approach to research and teaching that places diversity of experience (due to race, class, ability, sexual orientation, age, gender, and religious/spiritual affiliation) as central to understanding how oppression, marginalization and assistance are constructed for persons in need of social work services.
York University's PhD in Social Work builds on the strengths and traditions of our undergraduate and graduate programs, while focusing on the conceptualization of the field of social work, its antecedents, theory and epistemology. Our program is distinguished by its critical approach to the field and its emphasis on human rights, social justice and anti-oppression.
Social Work Program News
Doctoral Student receive Ontario Trillium Scholarship
First Year Doctoral Student Hsin-Yun Peng has been awarded the prestigious Ontario Trillium Scholarship for international student. Prior to her doctoral study, Peng has received many awards for her exceptional professional service for the underprivileged populations and her academic and activist contributions to issues related to LGBTQ rights in Taiwan. For her doctoral research, Hsin-Yun is interested in examining the social welfare policy on employment services for marginalized populations -- including sexual and gender minorities, low-income people, people with disabilities and older adults.
Two York U grad students receive Hilary M. Weston scholarships
Ontario is recognizing two York graduate social work students - Amber Reid and Edward Hon Sing-Wong - with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts and commitment to the study of mental health.
York U PhD student gets $10,000 fellowship to study effectiveness of poverty protests
A $10,000 supplemental award will help A.J. Withers, a third-year York PhD student, to study the effectiveness of poverty groups’ protest tactics and how government bureaucracies respond to those tactics.