Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Social Work (Two-Year) (MSW)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:School of Social Work
Field of Study:Social Work
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $7,207
National: $7,558
Careers:Managers in Social, Community and Correctional ServicesSocial WorkersCommunity and Social Service Workers


Social workers make a difference in peoples' lives. They are not only concerned with helping individuals but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence. Our accredited master's program prepares students for leadership roles in their communities and in the profession. It encourages critical thinking and analysis of structural barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential; promote values of respect, dignity and the worth of all people; and assist students in acquiring knowledge, skills and values to work in diverse and cross-cultural environments. We offer a one year option for candidates with a Bachelor of Social Work and a two year option for candidates with an honours degree in a discipline other than social work.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*77
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
Applications are accepted to the Foundation Year (first year of a two year MSW program) from candidates who hold an Honours bachelor's degree, or the equivalent, with at least high honours standing (normally B+ or higher in the final two years/10 full credits of university courses; B- or higher overall) in a discipline other than social work. Work experience in social work or a related field is considered as one of several selection criteria for application. Applicants must have completed (or be in the process of completing) 1.0 credit in research (.5 credit research methods and .5 credit statistics with a minimum B grade or higher) in both courses. Students accepted into Foundation Year will be expected to complete 6.0 credits of course work in year I and 5.0 credits of course work in year II.

* 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