University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Social Work

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Sociology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,685


The School of Social Work offers a doctoral program (PhD) in social work. The objective of the PhD program is to train high-calibre researchers or professionals, to provide them with tools to analyze the articulation of the dimensions of micro- and macro intervention practices in social work, and to significantly contribute to the renewal of these practices. Students will acquire critical and in-depth knowledge of social work in its multiple contexts, through scientific reasoning steps to successfully complete the doctoral thesis. The doctoral program offers two research fields: Health and Family-Childhood. The compulsory courses of the program are offered in French only. It is possible to take the elective course in French or in English. In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have a right to produce their work, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English. If the thesis is written in English, the abstract must be in French and vice versa.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    To be admitted into the doctoral program, applicants must hold a master’s in social work (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 75% (B+) calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines. Applicants with substantial professional experience (equivalent to 2 years of full-time work) in social intervention and who hold a master’s in another discipline may also be admitted. The admission file must include the following: the application form available online; Official university transcripts; At least two confidential letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicants and their previous work and able to comment on their potential to pursue graduate studies; Proof of proficiency in French and a passive knowledge of English. Moreover, applicants must provide: a curriculum vitae, including a list of all their publications and presentations at conferences. Other documents demonstrating research skills may also be included (thesis or master’s research paper, articles, research reports, abstracts and so on); a statement of purpose indicating their interest in doctoral studies and outlining the research direction of their thesis; the name of a potential thesis supervisor, who has been contacted beforehand and who must provide a confidential letter confirming his or her intention to supervise the thesis. Proficiency in French must be sufficient for taking courses and seminars in French and for reading relevant scholarly literature in French. Language tests may be required with the cost to be covered by the applicants. The list above specifies the minimum admission requirements. L’École de service social reserves the right to require additional courses if necessary, depending on the candidate’s background preparation. For instance, in cases where the master’s degree was obtained in another discipline or outside of Canada, master’s-level social work courses may be added to the regular program with a requirement that they be completed during the first two sessions. The specific courses will depend on the student’s academic background and the maximum number will not normally exceed two. In all cases, admission to the doctoral program is conditional on finding a professor willing to supervise the thesis in the proposed research area.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
    Two recommendation letters, official transcripts of all universities attended, a letter of intent indicating your motivation for doctoral studies, confirmation of supervision, resumé, including a list of publications and conferences and description of your research project (5 pages summary of the proposed PhD research.) are required.

    * 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 October 13, 2022