The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a nationally-accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. The course-based route is appropriate for students who intend to provide direct service in the field.
The Faculty of Social Work offers MSW programs in Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.
In Calgary, students are admitted annually and choose one of three Specializations (listed below). Students holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree are admitted directly into a one-year Specialization program. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline are admitted into a two-year program and complete a Foundation year followed by their Specialization year.
The Faculty of Social Work and Haskayne School of Business offer a combined Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA). Offered from the Calgary location, the MSW/MBA program is designed to prepare students for business-related social work careers. This program is available only to full-time MSW Specialization students.
In Edmonton, students are admitted in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2017, 2019) to the Clinical Social Work Practice Specialization. Students holding a BSW degree complete the Specialization program in two years. Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline complete the Foundation courses followed by the Specialization courses, requiring a total of four years of study.
In Lethbridge, the Faculty of Social Work offers the Clinical Social Work Practice Specialization to students with a BSW. Admission occurs in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2017, 2019). Students complete the program in two years.