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Social Work (MSW)

Social Work (MSW)

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Integrative Reflexive Social Work Practices

The new Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum is designed to be at the cutting edge of contemporary social work practice. Two years of planning and consultation with stakeholders have transformed our program vision and delivery.

Our curriculum emphasizes the development of critically reflexive practice skills through the ongoing integration of knowledge, theory and practice within a framework that promotes the advancement of equity, inclusivity, reflexivity and social justice. It is our anticipation that graduates of our program will walk alongside those with whom they work, in collaborative, inclusive, reflexive and caring ways and that they will stand up for what they believe is just.

Digital Viewbook

Download a copy of our digital viewbook to get information about programs in the Faculty of Social Work.

MSW Information Sessions

  • Location: Zoom
  • Maximum registration per session: 100
  • Topics include: MSW program information, field education, admission requirements and application process


  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday, October 19, 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

MSW Online Part-Time Program

Visit our online MSW website for more information about our online part-time program.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Program Options

We offer several options for obtaining your MSW.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) required*:

  • MSW one-year advanced standing program (full-time)
  • MSW one-year advanced standing program: Indigenous Field of Study (full-time)
  • MSW two-year advanced standing program: Indigenous Field of Study (part-time)

Bachelor degree required:

*Learn about Laurier's Bachelor of Social Work program.

Field Education

Field education is a vital aspect of your MSW program. It constitutes a large part of your program and provides an opportunity to integrate social work theory and practice. As part of your field education, you will complete courses with approved agencies that provide micro and/or macro learning opportunities. A qualified agency-based field instructor will provide supervision to help you to develop social work practice skills that reflect your foundational or advanced field education course. Through the International Social Work Program, a few international placements are available for students in the two-year full-time program.


  • Four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent for our two-year full-time or combined MSW-MDiv programs.
  • BSW for our advanced standing programs.
  • B average in your last academic year.
  • Academic background includes at least four full social science credits and a half-credit course in research methodology.
  • Evidence of paid and/or voluntary experience in human service organizations is required. Two or more years of experience would be considered an asset.


  • family and children’s services
  • adult and children’s mental health
  • social policy analysis and development
  • community development
  • case management
  • social agency administration
  • supervision
  • family counseling services
  • hospital social work
  • non-governmental organizations
  • school social work
  • community health agencies
  • private practice

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