The Lethbridge program leads to the MSW degree with a Clinical Social Work Practice Specialization. The program reflects social work's commitment to understanding and working with individuals, families, and groups within specific political, economic, and social contexts, and emphasizes the profession's commitment to the pursuit of social justice in all modes of social work practice. The Clinical Social Work Practice Specialization:
- prepares students to conduct therapeutic assessments and interventions with individuals, families and groups in a range of settings.
- encourages a critical analysis of the interaction among personal, social and environmental factors in the problems clients bring to the attention of social workers.
In addition to the focus on practice methods, students have opportunities to extend their knowledge of the fields of service within which those methods are applied.
The program is available to students with a BSW, who complete the clinical specialization component in 2 years.
Program delivery blends on-site and web-based formats. On-site residencies are held five or six times during the two years, for three or four day weekends. Students may continue working while registered in the program but must ensure they are available for full-time, weekday practica when scheduled.
MSW Lethbridge Admission Routes and Requirements
Students are admitted to the MSW program in alternate (odd-numbered) years. Admission is competitive; the Faculty considers each applicant's academic potential, experience in volunteer work or employment, readiness for graduate education as indicated by a study plan, and references.
For comprehensive information about admission policies and procedures, please visit the Admission Requirements section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. For detailed information about the application process and required components, 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.