University of Windsor - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Social Work (MSW)/Law (JD)

University of Windsor - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Social Work; Law
Field of Study:Law (LL.B, J.D., B.C.L.)
Social Work
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:3 Year(s)
Careers:Managers in Social, Community and Correctional ServicesLawyersJudges


The MSW/JD is a dual degree program designed specifically for students who want to obtain both MSW and JD degrees. The program is structured to enable a student to obtain an MSW and a JD degree a full year sooner than if the student had chosen to pursue the degrees independently. Applicants who hold a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) can obtain an MSW and a JD in 3 years while applicants with an Honours degree in a related discipline can obtain the degree in 4 years. The course sequencing is planned so that students can gain experience in the two professions simultaneously, including two specialized courses that integrate law and social work knowledge, perspectives and professional identity. MSW/JD graduates will be well positioned to serve the diverse and complex needs required of employers in the legal and/or human services. Children's Aid Societies, Office of the Children's Lawyer, and Legal Aid providers are possible employers of graduates from this program.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*73 to 100
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 250] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100]
Application Notes : GRE or MAT is recommended for graduates of universities outside of Canada and the USA, and for any applicants with a grade point average below the required 73%. All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
Two Referee Assessment Forms, a resume and a personal statement are required. MSW Admission requirements:1 statistics course related to Social Sciences, 1 research methods course related to Social Sciences.
JD Admission Requirements: OUAC/OLSAS Application, University of Windsor Personal Profile, All Official Transcripts, Current official LSAT score report (and LSAT scores written in the previous six years), two (2) letter of reference (one academic and one non-academic) on the forms specifically provided for this purpose (available on the OLSAS website)

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* 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 April 25, 2023