For Students with a BSW or completed foundation courses:
A total of 30 units of coursework. The coursework consists of:
a) 12 units of Advanced Social Work Practice courses;
b) 12 units of specialization courses (topics may vary from year to year and by location);
c) 6 units of research courses.
a) Advanced Social Work Practice (ASWP) Courses:
b) Specialization Course Requirements:
Clinical Social Work Practice (CSWP) Specialization
Within the CSWP specialization, there are several topic areas. Each consists of 12 units (four courses) which address a particular subject within the broader field of Clinical Social Work Practice. Students must complete all four courses in the selected topic area.
Adult Mental Health and Addictions
Individuals, Families and Groups
Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Clinical Gerontology Practice
Community-Informed Practice for Health and Wellbeing
International and Community Development (ICD) Specialization
Within the ICD specialization, there are two topic areas. Each consists of 12 units (four courses) which address a particular subject within the broader field of International and Community Development. Students must complete all four courses in the selected topic area.
International Social Development
Leadership in the Human Services (LHS) Specialization
Students must complete all four LHS specialization courses.
Note: The four courses in ASWP and in each specialization topic are offered in a prescribed sequence and deviation from the curriculum plan is not normally allowed. Please note that not all specialization topics are offered every year. Students should consult the timetables and program curriculum plans located on the web for sequence and availability of specialization topics: socialwork.ucalgary.ca.
c) Research Courses:
All four specialization courses are prerequisites or co-requisites to Social Work 670 and 672.
Students may elect to complete Social Work 660 Advanced Practicum, but it is not a mandatory component of the thesis-based degree. Students who wish to complete Social Work 660 must have completed all the ASWP, specialization and research courses and must declare their intention to pursue a Practicum in writing to the Director of Field Education by March 1st of their final year of coursework (6-8 months prior to the expected start of the Practicum).
Note: Students who begin the MSW thesis program and then want to switch to the course-based MSW may be able to do so prior to beginning the thesis research courses and at least 8 months prior to the start of Advanced Practicum. Students who switch must comply with the program requirements of the respective program. Program transfer must be requested and approved by both the Faculty of Social Work and Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)
The Faculty of Social Work Master of Social Work thesis-based program will allow students to pursue the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) in graduate courses offered by the faculty, with the exception of:
Students may choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.
The use of the CG grade will not affect students' eligibility for internal awards.