First Nations University of Canada - Graduate Studies

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Master of Indigenous Social Work

First Nations University of Canada - Graduate Studies

Faculty:Indigenous Education Health and Social Work (DIEHSW)
Field of Study:Aboriginal Studies
Social Work
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Managers in Social, Community and Correctional ServicesSocial WorkersCommunity and Social Service Workers


The Faculties of Social Work and Graduate Studies and Research offers graduate work leading to a MISW degree. Faculty Members form the School of Indigenous Social Work at First Nations University of Canada are involved in this program. The graduate program of studies aims to prepare students as clinical practitioners, especially skilled in First Nations approaches to therapy and especially sensitive to issues facing First Nations and Metis communities. As clinicians, they would be capable of functioning in a broad spectrum of human services activity and in a wide variety of social work and social welfare settings. There will be a focus on the abuses of residential schools, including intergenerational effects, as one lens through which generic clinical skills, relevant to serving all populations, are developed. The program encourages the development of critical analytical framework with which to understand the effects of colonization on Indigenous people. The program has a commitment to respecting the principles and practices of Indigenous pedagogy, and to building its teaching and learning experiences on a foundation which respects traditional Indigenous knowledge and the collective wisdom of the Elders.


Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
Candidates for the degree of Master of Social Work must hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with a minimum GPA of 70% and have the equivalent of at least two years employment in a social work position following their BSW degree. However, human service employment gained prior to and during the BSW degree may be considered as part of the two year employment requirement. A previous undergraduate or graduate course in research methods is required. In addition, evidence of awareness of contemporary global and social issues and values will be assessed through a personal statement and stated areas of social research. Applicants are required to submit two confidential letter of reference. It is recommended that at least one reference be able to speak to the applicant’s academic and research abilities. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the broad field of human services.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on June 18, 2019