PhD in Social Work, MSW in Social Work,
Two-year MSW in Social Work
Our two masters level programs combine coursework, practicum and a practice-based research paper. 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.
Our PhD program provides students with advanced scholarship related to the development and practice of critical knowledge, theory, skills and approaches to social work. The program assumes that students have prior and extensive knowledge of the field of social work. It will be open to qualified students wishing to pursue advanced scholarly study in the field of social work.
MSW in Social Work
The MSW program focuses on consideration of complexity in practice in order to enable students to engage in practice from a critical perspective.
The full-time or part-time MSW program is open to graduates of recognized universities, with a BSW or an equivalent honours undergraduate social work degree with at least a B+ average in the last two years of study, and related social work experience.
Minimum Requirements: •BSW degree with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate Social Work degree •Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred) •Resumé or CV •Statement of interest (500 words) •Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
Two-year MSW in Social Work
The first year of the program is a foundation year, designed to introduce students to advanced social work education at the graduate level. The second year of the program is integrated into the existing one-year, full-time MSW program.
The two-year full-time MSW program is designed for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), but who hold an honours undergraduate degree in a related subject and who have relevant professional, personal and volunteer experience in the field.
Minimum Requirements: •Honours undergraduate degree in a related subject with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate degree •Relevant professional, personal or volunteer experience •Resumé or CV •Statement of interest (500 words) •Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred) •Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred •Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods course
PhD in Social Work
The PhD program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds, making the program a stimulating learning environment.
We encourage the further development of working relationships with a number of Research Centers at York, including the Centre for Feminist Research, the York Institute for Health Research, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights.
•MSW* with a minimum B+ average •Resumé or CV •Statement of interest, including proposal for plan of study •Sample of professional or academic writing •One-page statement of reasons for choosing York (indicate fields of study that relate to your research interest) •Three letters of reference (one of which is academic that addresses candidate's potential for doctoral level research)
*In exceptional cases, a master's degree in a related discipline will be considered. In such a case, the applicant must demonstrate extensive experience in the field. Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
Streams and Specializations:
The MSW is a generalist degree and has the following accredited fields of study: •Integration of research and critical practice •Identity, diversity and anti-oppression •Social policy analysis and advocacy in a local and global context
The PhD has the following accredited fields of study: •Social policy •Globalization and international issues •Systemic oppression •Race, ethnicity and culture •Community and direct practice
International Student Requirements:
Refer to the international credentials information for your country.