The strength of Masters of Social Work at the University of Calgary is in the offerings of the above three specializations. Note that the Masters in Leadership in Human Services is offered exclusively online.
Calgary MSW students are admitted annually and choose one of three specializations: Clinical Social Work Practice, Leadership in the Human Services, or International and Community Development. Students without an undergraduate degree in social work are admitted to an extended two-year program, while BSW graduates are admitted directly into a one-year Specialization program.
Also offered from the Calgary location, the Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (MBA/ MSW) program is designed to prepare students for business-related social work careers. This program is available only to full-time MSW students.
The Lethbridge location offers the Clinical Social Work Practice specialization to students with a BSW. Program delivery blends web-based and on-site formats, allowing students from Lethbridge and southern Alberta to continue working while pursuing graduate education. Students complete the program in 2 years. Admission occurs in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2009, 2011, 2013, etc.).
The Edmonton location offers the Clinical Social Work Practice specialization. Program delivery blends web-based and on-site formats. On-site courses are offered on Friday evenings and Saturdays, four times per term, and occasional week-long intensives, allowing students from Edmonton and throughout central and northern Alberta to continue working while pursuing graduate education. Students with a BSW complete the Clinical Specialization program in 2 years. Students with an undergraduate degree in other disciplines complete a Foundation program followed by the Clinical program, requiring a total of 4 years of study. Admission occurs in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2009, 2011, 2013, etc.).
The Distance MSW Leadership in the Human Services specialization is administered through Calgary as a distance program and is accessible to students regardless of location. One course is offered on campus for one week in July in both the first and second years of the program. Other courses are offered via distance delivery. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. View an online presentation that describes the Leadership Program's Practicum.