Master of Social Work (MSW)

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York's School of Social Work is recognized as having one of the most progressive and socially responsive social work programs in Canada.

Noted for its commitment to human rights, social justice and anti–oppression, the School offers a full–time and part–time graduate advanced standing program leading to a Masters of Social Work degree, and a two–year MSW program designed for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work, but who have an undergraduate degree in a related subject.

Our two MSW programs involve a combination of coursework, a practicum and a practice–based research paper. The programs prepare students for further study at the doctoral level, as well as for careers in child welfare, international work, gerontology, diversity and anti–oppression, family support services, community development or social policy and planning. You will graduate from one of our programs with the thorough foundation needed to work successfully with diverse populations in a wide variety of social service settings.

Program Objectives

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. Some of the key objectives of our programs are to:

  • Teach students to reflect critically on personal and professional practice in light of possibilities and constraints created by the social construction of knowledge and practice.
  • Prepare students to conduct advanced social work practice in a manner that is sensitive to issues of difference, including a complex understanding of the dynamics of social location in practice contexts.
  • Create opportunities for students to study specialized, advanced practice and to experience applied research.
  • Prepare students to critically analyze social issues within a global and international context.