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Social Work
Dean: Dr. Michael Yellow Bird
Associate Dean(s): TBD; Undergraduate Programs; Dr. Judith Hughes- Graduate Programs & Research
Campus Address/General Office: 521 Tier Building
Telephone: 204-474-7050
Fax: 204-474-7594
Email Address: social_work@umanitoba.ca
Website: umanitoba.ca/socialwork
Academic Staff: Please refer to our website for Faculty information: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/social_work/staff/index.html

The Master of Social Work is an advanced specialized degree built upon the more generalist B.S.W. degree. Considerable attention is given to issues of educational equity. In addition to treating these matters as course content, every effort is made to ensure that people from marginalized groups have access to the M.S.W. program. 

The purpose of this initiative is to achieve equity in professional education so that no person shall be denied educational opportunities or benefit for reasons unrelated to ability. In fulfillment of this goal the aim is to correct the conditions of disadvantage in professional education experienced by First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees to Canada, LGBTTQ and persons who are members of a visible minority in Canada. Educational equity does not mean treating people in the same way. It also requires overt measures and the accommodation of difference while maintaining a particular focus on the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous peoples.

Supplemental Regulations
Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html.

Pre-M.S.W Program Information

The Pre-M.S.W. program is designed to prepare students who do not have an accredited B.S.W. degree, or its equivalent, and have experience in human services for entry to the M.S.W. program. It is intended to build on the existing background and experience of students by providing them with an opportunity for focused study on Canadian social welfare policy, generalist social work practice, anti-oppressive practice, Social Work with Aboriginal people, and also a field placement with Social Work supervision.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Possession of, or eligible for the granting of, a minimum 3 year degree other than Social Work at point of application from an accredited university which is recognized by the University of Manitoba. Persons who plan to graduate in May of the year of application are not eligible for admission.
  • One year (1680 hours) of relevant social work experience, paid or volunteer (see application information guide for details).
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B) is required in the last 60 credit hours of the university study.
  • If courses have been taken subsequent to the degree as a Special Student and/or Occasional Student and/or in a subsequent degree or a Pre-Master program, they will be calculated into the Grade Point Average as part of the last 60 credit hours.
  • Applicants who self-identify as members of one or more of the Educational Equity priority groups and who possess a Grade Point Average between 2.5 and 2.99 will be reviewed for special consideration. Applicants with Grade Point Averages below 2.5 will not be considered.

Note: The Pre-M.S.W. program is NOT offered through Distance Delivery.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by: December 1

Program Requirements

Minimum Program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar. Students may take the Pre-M.S.W. program on a full-time or part-time basis. There is a three year time limit to complete the Pre-M.S.W. program. 

Students who successfully complete the Pre-MSW program and maintain a GPA of 3.0 (in the last 60 credit hours of university study) will be eligible to apply to the MSW program and will not have to compete for admission with other students.

Course Requirements

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

REQUIRED COURSES

SWRK 3100

 Systematic Inquiry in Social Work

3

SWRK 4200

 Field Focus

6

SWRK 6020

 Social Work Practice Seminar

6

SWRK 6030

 Canadian Social Welfare Policy Analysis

6

SWRK 6040

 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice

3

SWRK 6050  Field Practice

6

SWRK 6060  Social Work and Aboriginal People

3

GRAD 7500  Academic Integrity

0

Maximum credit hours

 33

 

Occasional Students

An Occasional Student in the Pre-M.S.W. program is one who wishes to take courses with no intention of proceeding to the Pre-M.S.W. at the present time.
Pre-M.S.W. program courses available to Occasional Students holding a previous 4 year degree in a discipline other than social work (e.g., B.A., B.Ed.):

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

SWRK 3100

 Systematic Inquiry in Social Work

3

SWRK 6030

 Canadian Social Welfare Policy Analysis

6

SWRK 6040

 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice

3

SWRK 6060  Social Work and Aboriginal People

3

The maximum number of credit hours permitted is 6 credit hours, plus SWRK 3100 3 credit hours.

Master of Social Work Program Information

The M.S.W. program structure has a common core and five clusters, with different courses in each cluster, to ensure that the curriculum is current and in compliance with the standards of our accreditation body (The Canadian Association for Social Work Education - CASWE). This structure ensures that students have knowledge and skills required to meet accreditation standards while continuing to allow for specialization. The program offers students flexibility in designing a program that meets their learning objectives.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Possession of a B.S.W. degree (by June 30th of the application year) from an accredited university which is recognized by the University of Manitoba or successful completion of the Pre-Master's program in social work at the University of Manitoba.
  • A Minimum Grade Point average of 3.0 (B) is required in the last 60 credit hours of university study.
  • If courses have been taken subsequent to the degree as a Special Student and/or Occasional Student and/or in a subsequent degree or a Pre-Master program, they will be calculated into the Grade Point Average as part of the last 60 credit hours.
  • Applicants who self-identify as members of one or more of the Educational Equity priority groups, and who possess a Grade Point Average between 2.5 and 2.99, will be reviewed for special consideration. Applicants with Grade Point Averages below 2.5 will not be considered.

Note: The M.S.W. program is NOT offered through Distance Delivery.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by: December 1

Program Requirements

Minimum Program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar. Students may take the M.S.W. program on a full-time or part-time basis. 

The program requires at least 12-18 months of full-time study (students who choose the thesis option may require more time depending on the nature of their research).

The credit hour requirement is 27 credit hours in the course-based option and 24 credit hours in the thesis option.

Expected Time to Graduate: 2 years. See 4.4.7 Time in Program.

See Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledge (M.S.W.- I.K.)

Ph.D. in Social Work Program Information

The Ph.D. program is an advanced degree, focusing on developing skills for research and teaching.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html

 Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, admission requirements to the doctoral program in Social Work include:

Master of Social Work degree, or equivalent, from an accredited degree-granting university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) (as defined by the University of Manitoba).

Minimum research competency in both qualitative and quantitative methods equivalent to the level required for the Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) within the last 10 years. A student not meeting this entrance requirement may be recommended for conditional admission with the stipulation that the student take the necessary course or courses. The course or courses will be an additional requirement beyond the 24 credit hours required for the program.

Evidence of educational and professional experience that will indicate a capacity to undertake research-oriented post-graduate work. Applicants will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae.

The candidate is required to submit a two-page summary of their proposal for the PhD program, which includes:

1. Rationale for the proposed research
2. Research questions
3. A concise literature review of the topic
4. Proposed methodology for the research
5. Outline a plan to complete the research

The proposal should be clear enough that a potential faculty advisor can be identified and, in addition, the applicant must present a letter (email confirmation is acceptable) of an agreement with a proposed advisor who agrees to serve as the advisor.

Selection of students for admission is based on the recommendations of a Selection Committee of a minimum of three persons appointed by the Ph.D. Program Committee (for composition of this committee, please refer to the Faculty of Social Work) to evaluate each applicant’s qualifications and report on his/her suitability for Ph.D. studies. Acceptance is subject to approval by the Ph.D. Program Committee and the Graduate Programs Committee; however, the Graduate Programs Committee may delegate this responsibility to the Ph.D. Program Committee. Selection decisions made by the Faculty of Social Work are presented as recommendations that must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by: December 1


Advising

Each student must contract with an advisor upon admission. An advisory committee that includes the advisor, one additional member from Social Work and one from another faculty will be appointed to assist the student in devel­oping a study plan and to supervise the student’s research. All members of the advisory committee must be members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Program Requirements

Minimum Program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar. A minimum of two years of study (the Fall and Winter terms of the first and second year following admission) is required.

The program consists of:

  • 24 credit hours of coursework,
  • a candidacy examination, and
  • a Ph.D. thesis.

Students must complete 24 credit hours of approved 7000-level course work beyond the M.S.W. degree.

Candidacy

A candidacy examination committee will also be appointed when the stu­dent begins to prepare for the candidacy examination. This three-person committee, which includes the advisor, is responsible for administering the candidacy examination. The candidacy examination should be taken within a year of completion of coursework. The candidacy examination consists of a major paper on a topic within the student’s general area of study and an oral examination of the topic covered in the paper.

Dissertation Research

The student’s Ph.D. advisory committee, chaired by a thesis advisor, provides advice and guidance in the development of the proposal for the dissertation, and during the ongoing research phase. Normally, advisory committee members become members of the examining committee for the dissertation during the final examination for the Ph.D. degree.

Expected Time to Graduate: 4 years. See 5.5 Time Limits.