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Thesis Based Masters of Social Work (MSW) - Calgary

Submitted by gcrichlo on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:05pm

The thesis based 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 two specializations: Clinical Social Work Practice or International and Community Development.

The Calgary-based thesis MSW is available to students with a BSW, who enter and complete their specialization in 2 yeasr; or students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline, who complete the foundation component followed by the specialization component in 3 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. If offered admission, the MSW Thesis Coordinator will work with the student to assign a supervisor. 

MSW Calgary Thesis Program Routes

Submitted by gcrichlo on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:51am

Students with a BSW degree enter the Specialization Year

MSW Thesis Bases Students entering (or advancing from the Foundation to) the Specialization Year 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.

Thesis Program Requirements

Submitted by gcrichlo on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00pm

Specialization Route

MSW 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 

Foundation Route

MSW thesis-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  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 

Time Limit

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

  • 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

Supervision

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.

Thesis Specializations

Submitted by gcrichlo on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:03pm

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

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