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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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The MSW is a nationally accredited program that prepares students for advanced professional practice in social work. In Calgary, students are admitted annually and choose one of three specializations: Clinical Social Work Practice, International and Community Development, or Leadership in the Human Services. 

The Calgary-based MSW is available to students with a BSW, who enter and complete their specialization in 1 year; or students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, who complete the foundation component followed by the specialization component in 2 years.

For the visual representation of the entry routes into the MSW program with a BSW degree or with a non-social work undergraduate degree, please click here.

All students have the option of completing either a course-based or thesis-based degree. The MSW course-based program is appropriate for students who intend to provide direct service in the field. The MSW thesis-based program is designed for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies and/or anticipate a career requiring advanced program evaluation and research skills. Students thinking of applying to the thesis route are encouraged to take a look at our Faculty Directory for potential thesis supervisors whose area(s) of experience are consistent with their own research interests. You should then contact the individual directly to discuss the possibility of completing a thesis under their supervision.

MSW Calgary Program Routes

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Students with a BSW degree enter the Specialization Year

Students entering (or advancing from the Foundation to) the Specialization Year choose either a course-based or thesis-based route. Students in the course-based route are required to complete ten half-courses, including 525 hours of field practicum (equivalent to 2 courses). The course based route to the MSW includes an integrative (capstone) project completed in the final semester of course work.

Students in the thesis route conduct original research and prepare a document that is orally defended before an examination committee. Students who hold a BSW and select the thesis-based MSW are required to complete nine half-courses, including 525 hours of field practicum.

Students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline enter the Foundation Year

Students with a four-year baccalaureate in a discipline other than social work complete a total of nineteen half-courses (including 2 practica, equivalent to 3 courses) for the degree. The first nine courses, including a practica equivalent to 1 course, comprise the Foundation component of the MSW Program.

Program Requirements

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Specialization Route

MSW course-based students complete 10 specialization half-course equivalents as follows:

  • Five core courses (see specific courses listed by specialization, below)
  • Three option courses (option course requirements and offerings vary by year and program)
  • Social Work 696: Advanced Practicum (525 hours; one full course)
  • Capstone

Thesis-based students complete 9 specialization half-course equivalents as follows:

  • Five core courses (see specific courses listed by specialization, below)
  • Social Work 655 Thesis Research
  • One option course (option course requirements and offerings vary by year and program)
  • Social Work 696 Advanced Practicum (525 hours; one full course)
  • MSW thesis and oral defense of the thesis

Learn more about each Specialization: Clinical Social Work Practice I International and Community Development I Leadership in Human Services

Foundation Route

MSW course-based students are required to complete 9 foundation half-course equivalents.

All the Foundation courses must be completed before enrolling in any Specialization courses.

MSW Foundation Courses

  • Social Work 621: History and Foundation of the Profession - An examination of the relationship between knowledge, values, ethics and power and how they shape interventions in social work
  • Social Work 625: Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups - A basic understanding of social work practice theory with respect to work with individuals, families and groups
  • Social Work 627: Practice with Organizations and Communities - A basic understanding of social work practice theory with respect to work with organizations and communities
  • Social Work 629: Professional Communication and Interviewing - Offers experiential learning aimed at developing basic professional competencies and practice skills along with critical self-reflection
  • Social Work 632: Social Policy and Social Justice - An exploration of the social, political and economic forces, social movements and social structures that are transforming the Canadian welfare state and the practice of social work
  • Social Work 637: Human Behaviour in the Environment - Human development and diversity within a social work context
  • Social Work 641: Models of Practice - Provides the conceptual and theoretical foundation for students to acquire the skills to practice in Social Work
  • Social Work 645: Issues in Social Work Research - An overview of social work research topics and issues
  • Social Work 633: Foundational Field Practicum (426 hours) - Direct and indirect social work practice opportunities with professional supervision

And 10 specialization half-course equivalents for course-based students as follows:

  • Five core courses (see specific courses listed by specialization, below)
  • Three option courses (option course requirements and offerings vary by year and program)
  • Social Work 696: Advanced Practicum (525 hours; one full course) - Direct and indirect Social Work practice opportunities with professional supervision in student's area of specialization or interest
  • Capstone

OR 9 specialization half-course equivalents for thesis-based students as follows:

  • Five core courses (see specific courses listed by Specialization, below)
  • Social Work 655 Thesis Research - An introduction to preparing a thesis proposal
  • One option course (option course requirements and offerings vary by year and program)
  • Social Work 696: Advanced Practicum (525 hours; one full course) - Direct and indirect Social Work practice opportunities with professional supervision in student's area of specialization or interest.
  • MSW thesis and oral examination of the thesis

Learn more about each Specialization: Clinical Social Work Practice I International and Community Development I Leadership in Human Services

Time Limit

As established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, maximum completion time is four years for a thesis-based master’s program, six years for a course-based master’s, and seven years for the MSW/MBA Program. Expected completion times in the MSW programs are:

  • one 12-month year for full-time course-based MSW students with a BSW
  • two 12-month years for full-time course-based MSW students without a BSW
  • two 12-month years for a thesis-based MSW student with a BSW
  • three 12-month years for a thesis-based MSW student without a BSW
  • 26 months for the MSW/MBA (minimum)

Supervision

Course-based MSW and MSW/MBA students are assigned an interim supervisor upon entry into the program. A change to a permanent supervisor, initiated by the student or the faculty member, can occur at any time during the student’s enrollment in the program.

Thesis-based MSW students are initially assigned an interim supervisor. Before the end of the first year (April of year one), each student must designate a faculty member as permanent supervisor.

Examination

MSW thesis program

The final examination for the thesis-based MSW involves an oral defense of the thesis. The thesis examination is conducted by the student’s examining committee, which must be designated at least one month before the oral examination. The MSW examining committee includes the thesis supervisor, a faculty member from the Faculty of Social Work, an approved faculty member from a faculty outside of Social Work, and a neutral chair.

MSW course-based program

Course-based students are required to complete a capstone at the end of their coursework (including practicum).

Specializations

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International and Community Development (Classroom based delivery)

Students in the International and Community Development specialization build upon a solid foundation of fundamental social work
practice and principles to include a comprehensive understanding of the social circumstances, needs, and aspirations of individuals, families,
groups, and communities around the world. Learn more

Clinical Social Work (Classroom based delivery)

This specialization prepares students to conduct therapeutic assessments and interventions with individuals, families, and groups in a range of
settings. Students learn to conceptualize client problems and solutions within a framework that values each client's life context. With this
understanding, students will develop the interpersonal skills to facilitate change and the ability to critically reflect upon their work. Learn more

Leadership (Distance delivery)

The Leadership in the Human Services specialization  develops an understanding  of practice in various human service organizations. Study includes  program and community leadership, policy analysis, and social action and advocacy. Learn more

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