Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Label Label Label

Social Work

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:School of Social Work
Field of Study:Social Work
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $7,207
National: $7,558
Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service Workers


The PhD is designed to prepare social work scholars, educators and researchers to have an in-depth understanding of social justice and human rights and underlying structural issues; to be equipped to take leadership positions in universities, colleges, and government and non-government organizations; and to be able to contribute to the development of structural social work theory and practice. Many research projects are conducted in close co-operation with local social service agencies and with professional organizations and community-based organizations.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Work Experience
Applicants are required to have: completion of an MSW at an accredited program in Social Work (Canadian Association for Social Work Education or equivalent), or a similarly accredited BSW and a closely related graduate degree (an average of A- or better at the Masters level is normally required); demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and to complete the program (applications must contain one academic or professional paper completed by the applicant at the graduate level or its equivalent); and a minimum of two years full-time post graduate work experience, or five years post-baccalaureate work experience in the social services and/or social policy field. Note: The School may require a candidate to complete an additional course (such as research methods or theory) to qualify for admission. Such a candidate may be provisionally admitted into the program and permitted to take the additional course concurrently with the regular PhD courses.

* 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 September 01, 2022