Social Work

Social Work: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Social Work

Degree Programs

Social Work

MSW

  • Fields:
    • Children and Their Families;
    • Gerontology;
    • Health and Mental Health;
    • Human Services Management and Leadership;
    • Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency;
    • Social Justice and Diversity
 

PhD

Combined Degree Programs

Diploma Programs

Advanced Diploma in Social Service Administration (admissions have closed)

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

As the oldest school of social work in Canada, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto has been on the cutting edge of education, policy, research, and practice in social work for almost 100 years. The Faculty offers a professional/academic program of study leading to Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

The mission of the Faculty at the University of Toronto has an international perspective that is influenced by its position within one of the top universities in North America located in a global metropolis. As such, the Faculty is committed to:

  • Educating and developing professionals who have the capacity to engage in and influence our changing world through social work practice, policy, and research.

  • Advancing research, practice, and policy that shapes the future of a profession that crosses national boundaries.

  • Providing leadership by mobilizing knowledge that incorporates the range of expertise existing within the broader social work communities that exist internationally.

  • Collaborating with our diverse partners to address social inequities at local, national, and global levels.

Contact and Address

Web: socialwork.utoronto.ca
Email: admissions.fsw@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-6314
Fax: (416) 978-7072

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto
246 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V4
Canada

Social Work: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Alaggia, Ramona - BA, MSW, PhD
Bhuyan, Rupaleem - BA, MA, PhD
Bogo, Marion - BA, MSW
Brennan, David - BA, MSW, PhD (Associate Dean, Research)
Burnes, David - MSW, PhD (Associate Dean, Academic)
Craig, Shelley - BS, MSW, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Fallon, Barbara - BA, MSW, PhD
Fang, Lin - BA, MSW, PhD (Director, PhD Program)
Fuller-Thomson, Esme - BA, MSW, PhD
Grenier, Amanda - MSW, PhD
Hulchanski, J David - BA, MSc, PhD
Lee, Eunjung - BSW, MSW, PhD
Logie, Carmen - BA, MSW, PhD
Mishna, Faye - BA, PhD
Newman, Peter - BA, MA, MSW, PhD
Regehr, Cheryl - AB, MA, PhD
Saini, Michael - BSW, BA, BA, MSW, PhD
Sakamoto, Izumi - DSW
Sharpe, Tanya - BA, MSW, PhD
Shier, Micheal - MSW, PhD
Stern, Susan - DSW
Trocme, Nicolas - PhD
Tsang, Ka Tat - BSc, PhD
Voisin, Dexter - MSW, MPH, PhD (Dean until December 31, 2021)
Williams, Charmaine - BA, BSc, MSW, PhD (Interim Dean from January 1, 2022)
Zuberi, Daniyal - BA, MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Bellamy, Donald - BA, BSW, MSW, DSW
Breton, Margot - BA, MSW
Chambon, Adrienne - BA, PhD
Gadalla, Tahany - BASc, MS, MMath, EdD
George, Usha - BSc, BEd, MA, MA, PhD
Irving, Howard - BS, MSW, DSW
MacFadden, Robert - BA, MSW, PhD
Marziali, Elsa - BA, MSW, DSW
McDonald, Lynn - PhD
Meeks, Donald - BA, MSW, DSW, Associate In Commerce
Neysmith, Sheila - BSc, MSW, DSW
Power, Roxanne - BA, BSW, MSW
Schlesinger, Benjamin - BA, MSW, PhD
Shapiro, Ben - BA, BSW, MSW, DSW
Shera, Wes - BA, MA, PhD
Wells, Lilian - BA, BSW, BA, MSW

Associate Members

Adam, Barry - PhD
Ansong, David - PhD
Ashcroft, Rachelle - MSW, PhD
Bay-Cheng, Laina Y. - PhD
Bouffet, Eric - MD
Dimitropoulos, Gina - BA, MSW, PhD
Dube, Eve - PhD
Fleischer, Les - BA, MSW, DSW
Fluke, John - PhD
Ganson, Kyle - MSW, PhD
Gant, Larry - PhD
Gassoumis, Zachary - PhD
Graham, John R. - PhD
Handy, Femida - PhD
Hanley, Jill - PhD
Herie, Marilyn - BA, MSW, PhD
Ickowicz, Abel - MD
Jeffery, Donna - PhD
Katz, Ellen - BA, MSW, PhD
Lau, Anna S. - PhD
Levenson, Jill S. - PhD
Litvack, Andrea - BSW, MSW
MacDonald, Judy E. - PhD
McNeill, Ted - BA, MSc, DPhil
Muskat, Barbara - BSW, MSW, PhD
Nichols, Naomi - PhD
Quinn, Ashley - BSc, MSW, PhD
Rothwell, David - PhD
Sieppert, Jackie - PhD
Wehbi, Samantha - PhD
Xue, Jia - BCL, MA, PhD
Yan, Miu Chung - PhD
Zhou, Yanqiu Rachel - PhD

Social Work: Social Work MSW

Master of Social Work

Program Description

The MSW program is distinguished by the integration of research and practice in both the classroom and its practicum education. The program offers six fields of specialization:

  • Children and Their Families (MSW)

  • Gerontology (MSW)

  • Health and Mental Health (MSW)

  • Human Services Management and Leadership (MSW)

  • Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (MSW)

  • Social Justice and Diversity (MSW)

It is fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The Faculty of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (MSW) program in a two-year option or an advanced-standing option for applicants entering with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

All students are expected to graduate with an advanced level of knowledge and professional competence in a chosen area of social work practice.

Social Work: Social Work MSW; Field: Children and Their Families

Master of Social Work (Field: Children and Their Families)

Within the MSW degree program, the field in Children and Their Families is designed to prepare students for social work practice with children and their families at all levels of intervention, from individual to group work with children, to family and couple intervention, to community organization, and to program and policy development.

Minimum Admission Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university are admitted to a two-year MSW program.

  • Applicants who hold a BSW degree with mid-B average in the final year of full-time study, or its equivalent from a recognized university, may be eligible for the MSW advanced-standing option.

  • All applicants must have included 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course.

  • Experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues are recommended. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements. Advanced-standing applicants must declare their field and a preference for full-time or part-time studies at the time of application.

  • Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. Please note that applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final.

Program Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • All MSW students: Agencies that offer practica will likely require a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to commencing the practicum. Failure to pass this check will jeopardize a student's entry to practicum. Cost and time factors are associated with the Vulnerable Sector Verification. A delay in obtaining the results can impact the start time of a student's practicum. In anticipation of this requirement for the practicum, it is strongly recommended that students begin this process early.

  • In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses, or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, normally steps will be taken by the Faculty to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

Compulsory Courses

Year 1 MSW students in the Children and Their Families field must complete eight half courses (4.0 FCEs) and the Year 1 practicum (0.5 FCE) from the list of required courses below.

SWK4102H
Social Policy and Social Welfare in the Canadian Context
SWK4103H
Elements of Social Work Practice
SWK4105H
Social Work Practice Laboratory
SWK4107H
Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory, and Values that Inform Practice
SWK4510H
Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field)
SWK4602H
Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK4605H
Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SWK4654H
Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
SWK4701H+
Social Work Practicum I (prerequisite: SWK4105H completed prior to beginning practicum)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

  • Students in the MSW two-year program must declare their field by mid-February of Year 1. See below for information by field.

  • Note: Advanced-standing students normally complete the program in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

  • The MSW thesis option provides hands-on research experience. The thesis is an independent piece of research intended to enable students to develop and apply research skills within the context of social work practice and to write a graduate thesis of publishable quality. Note: The thesis option is available to a limited number of students — maximum three in any given year — whose proposed research must be approved by a review panel and by the Associate Dean, Research.

  • Students in the thesis option who have a minimum of two years' prior full-time social work experience are eligible to apply to take an additional 1.0 elective FCE in place of the Year 2 practicum. Workplace supervision must have occurred with an MSW supervisor; requests for substitution must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Assessment Committee.

  • Students who choose the thesis option may require at least one additional academic session to complete the program.

MSW Two-Year Program
  • Students must complete a total of 8.5 FCEs including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and practica (1.5 FCEs). The practicum (0.5 FCE) is required for students in Year 1 and is offered in the Winter session; the Year 2 practicum (September to April) is equivalent to 1.0 FCE and must be in the student's field.

  • Thesis: Students complete a total of 8.5 FCEs, including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), practica (1.5 FCEs), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Students will normally complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and a practicum (1.0 FCE) in their field.

  • Thesis: Students complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), a practicum (1.0 FCE), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

Compulsory Courses — Year 2
SWK4514H
Research for Practice with Children and their Families
SWK4608H
Social Work Practice with Families
SWK4620H
Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
SWK4625H
The Intersection of Policy and Practice with Children and their Families
SWK4702Y
Social Work Practicum II (full credit)
  • Students in the advanced-standing option must complete the above courses plus a compulsory course: SWK4510H Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field).

Program Length

6 sessions two-year full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
3 sessions advanced-standing full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions advanced-standing part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Social Work: Social Work MSW; Field: Gerontology

Master of Social Work (Field: Gerontology)

Social workers provide a wide variety of services and programs, both in the community and in institutions that are aimed at enhancing the quality of life of older people and assisting families to adjust to the aging of their family member. Social workers also play a vital role in the development and implementation of social and economic policies at the provincial and national levels through research on aging, consultation with government, and through social advocacy.

All students enrolled in the Social Work in Gerontology field will automatically be enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

Minimum Admission Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university are admitted to a two-year MSW program.

  • Applicants who hold a BSW degree with mid-B average in the final year of full-time study, or its equivalent from a recognized university, may be eligible for the MSW advanced-standing option.

  • All applicants must have included 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course.

  • Experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues are recommended. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements. Advanced-standing applicants must declare their field and a preference for full-time or part-time studies at the time of application.

  • Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. Please note that applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final.

Program Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • All MSW students: Agencies that offer practica will likely require a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to commencing the practicum. Failure to pass this check will jeopardize a student's entry to practicum. Cost and time factors are associated with the Vulnerable Sector Verification. A delay in obtaining the results can impact the start time of a student's practicum. In anticipation of this requirement for the practicum, it is strongly recommended that students begin this process early.

  • In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses, or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, normally steps will be taken by the Faculty to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

Compulsory Courses

Year 1 MSW students in the Gerontology field must complete eight half courses (4.0 FCEs) and the Year 1 practicum (0.5 FCE) from the list of required courses below. Students in the Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency field should consult the specific course requirements listed separately in this entry.

SWK4102H
Social Policy and Social Welfare in the Canadian Context
SWK4103H
Elements of Social Work Practice
SWK4105H
Social Work Practice Laboratory
SWK4107H
Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory, and Values that Inform Practice
SWK4510H
Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field)
SWK4602H
Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK4605H
Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SWK4654H
Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
SWK4701H+
Social Work Practicum I (prerequisite: SWK4105H completed prior to beginning practicum)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

  • Students in the MSW two-year program must declare their field by mid-February of Year 1.

  • Note: Advanced-standing students normally complete the program in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

  • The MSW thesis option provides hands-on research experience. The thesis is an independent piece of research intended to enable students to develop and apply research skills within the context of social work practice and to write a graduate thesis of publishable quality. Note: The thesis option is available to a limited number of students — maximum three in any given year — whose proposed research must be approved by a review panel and by the Associate Dean, Research.

  • Students in the thesis option who have a minimum of two years' prior full-time social work experience are eligible to apply to take an additional 1.0 elective FCE in place of the Year 2 practicum. Workplace supervision must have occurred with an MSW supervisor; requests for substitution must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Assessment Committee.

  • Students who choose the thesis option may require at least one additional academic session to complete the program.

MSW Two-Year Program
  • Students in the MSW two-year program must complete a total of 9.0 FCEs, including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.5 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and practica (1.5 FCEs) in the student's field.

  • Thesis: Students in the two-year MSW program complete a total of 9.0 FCEs, including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.5 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE, 0.5 of which must be from the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course listing), the Year 1 practicum (0.5 FCE), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option will normally complete a total of 5.0 FCEs, including required coursework (3.0 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and a practicum (1.0 FCE).

  • Thesis: Students in the MSW advanced-standing option complete a total of 5.0 FCEs, including required coursework (3.0 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE, 0.5 of which must be from the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course listing), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

Compulsory Courses — Year 2
AGE2000H
Principles of Aging
SWK4513H
Knowledge Building in Social Work
SWK4612Y
Social Work and Aging: Integrated Policy and Practice (full credit)
SWK4618H
Special Issues in Gerontological Social Work
SWK4702Y
Social Work Practicum II (full credit)
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option must complete the above courses plus a compulsory course: SWK4510H Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field).

Program Length

6 sessions two-year full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
3 sessions advanced-standing full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions advanced-standing part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Social Work: Social Work MSW; Field: Health and Mental Health

Master of Social Work (Field: Health and Mental Health)

As members of inter-professional health teams, social workers seek to assist others in understanding the social and community context in which physical and mental illness occur, and the way in which these larger systems contribute to the development of illness and disability and exacerbate or ameliorate the challenges in adapting to illness and living with disability.

Minimum Admission Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university are admitted to a two-year MSW program.

  • Applicants who hold a BSW degree with mid-B average in the final year of full-time study, or its equivalent from a recognized university, may be eligible for the MSW advanced-standing option.

  • All applicants must have included 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course.

  • Experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues are recommended. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements. Advanced-standing applicants must declare their field and a preference for full-time or part-time studies at the time of application.

  • Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. Please note that applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final.

Program Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • All MSW students: Agencies that offer practica will likely require a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to commencing the practicum. Failure to pass this check will jeopardize a student's entry to practicum. Cost and time factors are associated with the Vulnerable Sector Verification. A delay in obtaining the results can impact the start time of a student's practicum. In anticipation of this requirement for the practicum, it is strongly recommended that students begin this process early.

  • In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses, or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, normally steps will be taken by the Faculty to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

Compulsory Courses
SWK4102H
Social Policy and Social Welfare in the Canadian Context
SWK4103H
Elements of Social Work Practice
SWK4105H
Social Work Practice Laboratory
SWK4107H
Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory, and Values that Inform Practice
SWK4510H
Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field)
SWK4602H
Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK4605H
Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SWK4654H
Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
SWK4701H+
Social Work Practicum I (prerequisite: SWK4105H completed prior to beginning practicum)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

  • Students in the MSW two-year program must declare their field by mid-February of Year 1.

  • Note: Advanced-standing students normally complete the program in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

  • The MSW thesis option provides hands-on research experience. The thesis is an independent piece of research intended to enable students to develop and apply research skills within the context of social work practice and to write a graduate thesis of publishable quality. Note: The thesis option is available to a limited number of students — maximum three in any given year — whose proposed research must be approved by a review panel and by the Associate Dean, Research.

  • Students in the thesis option who have a minimum of two years' prior full-time social work experience are eligible to apply to take an additional 1.0 elective FCE in place of the Year 2 practicum. Workplace supervision must have occurred with an MSW supervisor; requests for substitution must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Assessment Committee.

  • Students who choose the thesis option may require at least one additional academic session to complete the program.

MSW Two-Year Program
  • Students in the MSW two-year program must complete a total of 8.5 FCEs including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and practica (1.5 FCEs). The practicum (0.5 FCE) is required for students in Year 1 and is offered in the Winter session; the Year 2 practicum (September to April) is equivalent to 1.0 FCE and must be in the student's field.

  • Thesis: Students in the MSW two-year program complete a total of 8.5 FCEs, including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), practica (1.5 FCEs), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option will normally complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and a practicum (1.0 FCE) in their field.

  • Thesis: Students in the MSW advanced-standing option complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), a practicum (1.0 FCE), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

Compulsory Courses — Year 2
SWK4412H
The Context of Mental Health and Health Practice
SWK4511H
Practice-Based Research in Mental Health and Health
SWK4702Y
Social Work Practicum II (full credit)
  • Plus students can then elect to take one of three choices:

    • SWK4622H Social Work Practice in Health and SWK4604H Social Work Practice in Mental Health

    • SWK4622H Social Work Practice in Health followed by SWK4632H Advanced Social Work Practice in Health (prerequisite: SWK4622H)

    • SWK4604H Social Work Practice in Mental Health followed by SWK4631H Advanced Social Work Practice in Mental Health (prerequisite: SWK4604H)

  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option must complete the above courses plus a compulsory course: SWK4510H Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field).

Program Length

6 sessions two-year full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
3 sessions advanced-standing full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions advanced-standing part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Social Work: Social Work MSW; Field: Human Services Management and Leadership

Master of Social Work (Field: Human Services Management and Leadership)

The not-for-profit sector is primarily responsible for the delivery of social services in Canada. There is a critical need for people who are able to assume leadership roles in the community social services sector.

Minimum Admission Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university are admitted to a two-year MSW program.

  • Applicants who hold a BSW degree with mid-B average in the final year of full-time study, or its equivalent from a recognized university, may be eligible for the MSW advanced-standing option.

  • Students applying to the Human Services Management and Leadership field must have at least two years of volunteer or work experience in human services.

  • All applicants must have included 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course.

  • Experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues are recommended. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements. Advanced-standing applicants must declare their field and a preference for full-time or part-time studies at the time of application.

  • Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. Please note that applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final.

Program Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • All MSW students: Agencies that offer practica will likely require a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to commencing the practicum. Failure to pass this check will jeopardize a student's entry to practicum. Cost and time factors are associated with the Vulnerable Sector Verification. A delay in obtaining the results can impact the start time of a student's practicum. In anticipation of this requirement for the practicum, it is strongly recommended that students begin this process early.

  • In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses, or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, normally steps will be taken by the Faculty to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

Compulsory Courses

Year 1 MSW students in the Human Services Management and Leadership field must complete eight half courses (4.0 FCEs) and the Year 1 practicum (0.5 FCE) from the list of required courses below.

SWK4102H
Social Policy and Social Welfare in the Canadian Context
SWK4103H
Elements of Social Work Practice
SWK4105H
Social Work Practice Laboratory
SWK4107H
Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory, and Values that Inform Practice
SWK4510H
Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field)
SWK4602H
Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK4605H
Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SWK4654H
Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
SWK4701H+
Social Work Practicum I (prerequisite: SWK4105H completed prior to beginning practicum)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

  • Students in the MSW two-year program must declare their field by mid-February of Year 1.

  • Note: Advanced-standing students normally complete the program in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

  • The MSW thesis option provides hands-on research experience. The thesis is an independent piece of research intended to enable students to develop and apply research skills within the context of social work practice and to write a graduate thesis of publishable quality. Note: The thesis option is available to a limited number of students — maximum three in any given year — whose proposed research must be approved by a review panel and by the Associate Dean, Research.

  • Students in the thesis option who have a minimum of two years' prior full-time social work experience are eligible to apply to take an additional 1.0 elective FCE in place of the Year 2 practicum. Workplace supervision must have occurred with an MSW supervisor; requests for substitution must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Assessment Committee.

  • Students who choose the thesis option may require at least one additional academic session to complete the program.

MSW Two-Year Program
  • Students in the MSW two-year program must complete a total of 8.5 FCEs including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and practica (1.5 FCEs). The practicum (0.5 FCE) is required for students in Year 1 of the MSW two-year program and is offered in the Winter session; the Year 2 practicum (September to April) is equivalent to 1.0 FCE and must be in the student's field.

  • Students in the Human Services Management and Leadership field do not have the option of doing a thesis.

MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option will normally complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and a practicum (1.0 FCE) in their field.

Compulsory Courses — Year 2
SWK4425H
Human Services Management and Leadership
SWK4426H
Financial Management and Leadership in Human Service Organizations
SWK4427H
Human Resource Management in Human Service Organizations
SWK4515H
Research and Quality Improvement in Human Service Organizations
SWK4702Y
Social Work Practicum II (full credit)
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option must complete the above courses plus a compulsory course: SWK4510H Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field.)

Program Length

6 sessions two-year full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
3 sessions advanced-standing full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions advanced-standing part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Social Work: Social Work MSW; Field: Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency

Master of Social Work (Field: Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency)

The Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency field integrates theory and research drawn from social work and Indigenous knowledge for application in the delivery of services and interventions for Indigenous populations. There is an emphasis on the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada and other Indigenous groups. The curriculum is offered through online and intensive classroom formats.

Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final.

This field is offered only as a two-year, full-time program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree or Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university can be admitted to this field.

  • All applicants must have completed 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course.

  • Three years of experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements

  • Applicants must submit a resumé and demonstrate at least three years of experience in social services, preferably working with Aboriginal or Indigenous communities.

  • Applicants may be asked to complete an admissions interview in person or by Skype as part of the application process.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 7.5 FCEs as follows:

    • Year 1: seven half courses (3.5 FCEs)

    • Year 2:

      • six half courses (3.0 FCEs) and

      • a 450-hour summer practicum (1.0 FCE).

  • Students entering the program with BA or BASc courses must complete an additional 1.0 FCE (two half courses SWK4102H and SWK4516H [summer practicum]) in Year 1.

  • Students are expected to submit a Vulnerable Sector Verification by June 1 prior to the course registration. It is strongly recommended that students begin this process early.

Year 1 Courses
SWK4101H
Understanding Historical and Multigenerational Trauma
SWK4102H
Social Policy and Social Welfare in the Canadian Context
SWK4106H
Social Work Ethics and Indigenous Communities
SWK4108H
Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, and the Family
SWK4109H
Trauma and Human Development
SWK4110H
Trauma and Addiction
SWK4111H
Trauma-Informed Schools, Community Intervention, and the Healing Power of Ceremony
SWK4510H
Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice
SWK4516H
Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Practicum
Year 2 Courses
SWK4517H
Indigenous and Participatory Research Methods
SWK4703Y
MSW ITR Practicum III
SWK4901H
Facilitating Training in Indigenous Communities
SWK4902H
Indigenous Perspectives on Grief, Loss, and Unattended Sorrow
SWK4903H
Trauma-Informed Care, Organizations, Supervision, and Leadership
SWK4904H
Working with Couples and Families in Indigenous Context
SWK4905H
Seeing the Need, Creating the Solution

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Social Work: Social Work MSW; Field: Social Justice and Diversity

Master of Social Work (Field: Social Justice and Diversity)

Reducing inequalities and marginalization is in line with professional social work's agenda of anti-oppression and social justice. Social work is committed to working with and on behalf of people from disenfranchised backgrounds.

Minimum Admission Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university are admitted to a two-year MSW program.

  • Applicants who hold a BSW degree with mid-B average in the final year of full-time study, or its equivalent from a recognized university, may be eligible for the MSW advanced-standing option.

  • All applicants must have included 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course.

  • Experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues are recommended. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements. Advanced-standing applicants must declare their field and a preference for full-time or part-time studies at the time of application.

  • Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. Please note that applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final.

Program Requirements

MSW Two-Year Program and MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • All MSW students: Agencies that offer practica will likely require a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to commencing the practicum. Failure to pass this check will jeopardize a student's entry to practicum. Cost and time factors are associated with the Vulnerable Sector Verification. A delay in obtaining the results can impact the start time of a student's practicum. In anticipation of this requirement for the practicum, it is strongly recommended that students begin this process early.

  • In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses, or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, normally steps will be taken by the Faculty to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

SWK4102H
Social Policy and Social Welfare in the Canadian Context
SWK4103H
Elements of Social Work Practice
SWK4105H
Social Work Practice Laboratory
SWK4107H
Foundations of Social Work: Knowledge, Theory, and Values that Inform Practice
SWK4510H
Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field)
SWK4602H
Social Work Practice with Groups
SWK4605H
Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SWK4654H
Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
SWK4701H+
Social Work Practicum I (prerequisite: SWK4105H completed prior to beginning practicum)

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

  • Students in the MSW two-year program must declare their field by mid-February of Year 1.

  • Note: Advanced-standing students normally complete the program in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

  • The MSW thesis option provides hands-on research experience. The thesis is an independent piece of research intended to enable students to develop and apply research skills within the context of social work practice and to write a graduate thesis of publishable quality. Note: The thesis option is available to a limited number of students — maximum three in any given year — whose proposed research must be approved by a review panel and by the Associate Dean, Research.

  • Students in the thesis option who have a minimum of two years' prior full-time social work experience are eligible to apply to take an additional 1.0 elective FCE in place of the Year 2 practicum. Workplace supervision must have occurred with an MSW supervisor; requests for substitution must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Assessment Committee.

  • Students who choose the thesis option may require at least one additional academic session to complete the program.


MSW Two-Year Program
  • Students must complete a total of 8.5 FCEs including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and practica (1.5 FCEs). The practicum (0.5 FCE) is required for students in Year 1 and is offered in the Winter session; the Year 2 practicum (September to April) is equivalent to 1.0 FCE and must be in the student's field.

  • Thesis: Students complete a total of 8.5 FCEs, including core MSW coursework (4.0 FCEs), required field coursework (2.0 FCEs), practica (1.5 FCEs), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

MSW Advanced-Standing Option
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option will normally complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and a practicum (1.0 FCE) in their field.

  • Thesis: Students complete a total of 4.5 FCEs including required coursework (2.5 FCEs), a practicum (1.0 FCE), and a thesis (1.0 FCE).

Compulsory Courses — Year 2
SWK4304H
Globalization and Transnationalism: Intersections of Policy and Community Practice Locally and Globally
SWK4306H
Theoretical Approaches to Defining Social Injustice and Engaging in Social Change
SWK4512H
Research Knowledge for Social Justice
SWK4606H
Diversity, Access, and Equity in Social Work Practice
SWK4702Y
Social Work Practicum II (full credit)
  • Students in the MSW advanced-standing option must complete the above courses plus a compulsory course: SWK4510H Research for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (SWK4510H must be completed before taking any of the research courses in the field).

Program Length

6 sessions two-year full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
3 sessions advanced-standing full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions advanced-standing part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Social Work: Social Work MSW Courses

Elective Courses

Courses are offered in various areas of social work practice. The choice of electives in any given year is contingent on available faculty resources. Not every course is given in any one year. Please consult the Faculty of Social Work website.

AGE2000H
Principles of Aging
EIP3000H
Coordinating Seminar: Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies
PAS3700H
Multidisciplinary Aspects of Addictions
SWK4210H
Promoting Empowerment: Working at the Margins
SWK4417H
Adolescence: Social Work Challenges and the Role of Social Work
SWK4420H
Human Rights and Social Justice
SWK4422H
Social Housing and Homelessness
SWK4506H
Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
SWK4516H
Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Practicum
SWK4610H
Advanced Social Work Practice with Couples
SWK4614H
Social Work Practice in Palliative Care
SWK4615H
Cognitive Behavioural Theories and Clinical Social Work Practice
SWK4616H
Drug Dependencies: Interventive Approaches
SWK4619H
Family Mediation: Theory and Practice
SWK4623H
Violence in Families: Multilevel Intervention in Interdisciplinary Practice
SWK4624H
Feminist Social Work Practice
SWK4629H
Social Work Practice and Aboriginal Peoples
SWK4634H
Family Practice Across the Life Cycle
SWK4636H
Special Topics in Mental Health Social Work
SWK4637H
Special Topics in Health Social Work
SWK4638H
Social Work Practice in Children's Mental Health
SWK4639H
Special Topics in Child and Family Social Work
SWK4640H
Special Topics in Mental Health Social Work II
SWK4641H
Special Topics in Social Work in Gerontology
SWK4642H
Special Topics in Human Services Management and Leadership
SWK4643H
Special Topics in Social Justice and Diversity
SWK4645H
Special Topics in Children and their Families II
SWK4646H
Special Topics in Human Services Management and Leadership II (modular course)
SWK4647H Family-Centred Practices in Addictions and Mental Health
SWK4658H
Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees
SWK4667H
Information Technology in Professional Social Work Practice
SWK4668H
Welfare of Children
SWK4669H
Psychodynamic Theories and Clinical Social Work Practice
SWK4670H
Cybercounselling and Social Work Practice
SWK4671H
Neuroscience and Social Work Practice
SWK4673H
Mindfulness Therapy and Social Work Practice

Special Studies

Special Studies courses are designed to provide seminars or tutorials under the direction of a faculty member. The focus is on a topic of particular interest to the student which is not included in available courses.

SWK4801H
Special Studies I
SWK4802H
Special Studies II
SWK4803H
Special Studies III
SWK4804H
Special Studies IV

Social Work: Social Work PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program has a tradition of scholarly excellence based on the quality of the research knowledge, competence, and output of its faculty. Doctoral graduates are practice leaders and faculty members throughout the world. Enrolment in the Faculty of Social Work entails adherence to the standards of professional behaviour for the social work profession set forth in the Social Work Code of Ethics of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the graduate unit's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Master of Social Work degree or an equivalent master's degree with at least a B+ standing from an accredited program in a recognized university.

  • Competency in basic statistical methods at an introductory level.

  • Educational and professional experience that indicates a capacity to undertake research-oriented post-graduate work.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements. Advanced-standing applicants must declare their field of specialization and a preference for full-time or part-time studies at the time of application.

  • Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. The application deadline for the PhD program is December 1. The Faculty of Social Work does not guarantee admission to all applicants who meet its minimum requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 5.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs), generally within two years of registration, as follows:

    • 2.0 FCEs in required research courses:

      • SWK6301H Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis (0.5 FCE)

      • SWK6302H Epistemology and Social Work Research (0.5 FCE)

      • SWK6307H Designing and Implementing Qualitative Social Work Research (0.5 FCE)

      • SWK6308H Designing and Implementing Quantitative Social Work Research (0.5 FCE)

    • Students may be exempt from these research courses but will substitute alternate elective courses for each exempted course. Note: SWK4506H (0.5 FCE) is a prerequisite for SWK6301H, or an equivalent competency exam must be passed by all incoming students with a grade of A.

    • 2.5 FCEs in graduate-level electives, including at least 0.5 FCE from Social Work and at least 0.5 FCE from another graduate unit (with the approval of the PhD Director).

    • SWK7000H Doctoral Thesis Seminar (Credit/No Credit) (0.5 FCE) is required during the Fall session of Year 2.

    • Year 1 PhD students will attend a mandatory Year 1 colloquium during the Winter session (two full days), no credit.

    • Following completion of at least nine of the above courses, students must satisfactorily complete SWK8000H Comprehensive Exam (Credit/No Credit) (0.5 FCE) during the Winter session of Year 2.

  • Following completion of all coursework, students must satisfactorily complete:

    • a thesis proposal,

    • a thesis,

      • which can be in the traditional thesis format, which constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the field of social work, or

      • a three-paper option based on the same fundamental principles of independent student work and scholarly rigour. The three-paper dissertation option allows students to write three related papers in a given topic or area of interest in which they have conducted research as required for the PhD program.

    • and finally, an oral thesis defence.

  • Students are expected to complete their coursework, comprehensive paper, and have their thesis proposal approved by the end of August of Year 3. The research, writing, and Doctoral Final Oral Examination of the thesis are typically completed by the end of Year 5.

  • Students must have an adequate knowledge of a language other than English if an additional language is deemed essential for satisfactory completion of research for the thesis. The Faculty is responsible for ensuring that an acceptable certificate of language competence is deposited with the School of Graduate Studies.

  • In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses (excluding SWK8000H Comprehensive Exam), or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, the Faculty will take steps to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

  • In the event that a student receives an NCR (No Credit) for SWK8000H Comprehensive Exam, the Faculty will take steps to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

Social Work: Social Work PhD Courses

Compulsory Courses

SWK6301H
Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis
(prerequisite: SWK4506H or pass a competency exam)
SWK6302H
Epistemology and Social Work Research
SWK6307H
Designing and Implementing Qualitative Social Work Research
SWK6308H
Designing and Implementing Quantitative Social Work Research
SWK7000H
Doctoral Thesis Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
SWK8000H
Comprehensive Exam (Credit/No Credit)

Recommended Course

SWK4506H
Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
(prerequisite for SWK6301H; students who pass a competency exam will be exempted from taking SWK4506H)

Elective Courses

The choice of electives in any given year is contingent on available faculty resources. Not every course is available in any one year. Please consult the Faculty of Social Work website.

SWK6006H
Theory and Practice of Teaching Social Work
SWK6007H
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Social Work
SWK6101H
Critical Evaluation of Social Work Practice Theories
SWK6106H
Family Mediation: Research and Practice
SWK6203H
Comparative Social Welfare Systems
SWK6205H
Social Planning in Social Welfare
SWK6401H
Sociocultural Issues in Social Work
SWK6406H
Housing Theory and Research Methods

These courses are designed to provide seminars or tutorials according to the particular interests of students enrolled:

SWK6501H
Special Studies 1
SWK6502H
Special Studies 2
SWK6503H
Special Studies 3
SWK6504H
Special Studies 4

Social Work: Social Work Advanced Diploma in Social Service Administration

Admissions to this diploma program have closed.

The goal of this program is to provide a rigorous, comprehensive grounding in the key values, skills, and knowledge required by administrators, managers, and leaders of social service organizations. The diploma program is designed for students who are active in the work force.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Social Work's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants must have an MSW or master's degree in a related social service field and have at least three years of experience in social services.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) offered in modular format one full day per month.

Program Length

3 sessions (1 year) full-time;
6 sessions (2 years) part-time

Time Limit

5 years full-time;
5 years part-time

Social Work: Social Work Advanced Diploma in Social Service Administration Courses

Compulsory Courses

SWK4425H
Leadership Skills in Social Service Organizations
SWK4426H
Financial Management of Social Service Organizations
SWK4427H
Human Resource Management in Social Service Organizations
SWK4515H
Research and Quality Improvement in Human Service Organizations

Elective Courses

1.0 elective full-course equivalent (FCE) taken in conjunction with the MSW curriculum or 0.5 elective FCE and a major paper addressing a funding, management, or structural challenge in a social service agency.