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Social Work
Dean: Dr. Michael Yellow Bird
Associate Dean(s): Dr. Maria Cheung-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.

Master of Social Work Program Information

The M.S.W. program 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 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.

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and

  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

    unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

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

Course Requirements

All students must:

  • complete four core courses (12 credit hours)
  • complete additional specialized social work courses (9 credit hours)
  • complete 3 credit hours of electives (which may be taken with Social Work or other departments)

Students choose either the course-based option, which includes the completion of SWRK 7180 (0 credit hours) and SWRK 7190 (3 credit hours), or the thesis option. Students completing a thesis must complete at least one course from the research cluster.

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

CORE COURSES

SWRK 6010

 Data Analysis for Social Work Research

3

SWRK 6070

 Qualitative Research in Social Work

3

SWRK 7600

 Critical Perspectives and Social Work

3

SWRK 7620

 Paradigms, Methodologies, and Methods for Social Work Research

3

GRAD 7300

Research Integrity Tutorial

0

GRAD 7500

 Academic Integrity Tutorial

0

SWRK 7630

 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

3

SWRK 7640

 Application and Critique of Theory and Research in Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

3

SWRK 7300

 Clinical Evaluation of Social Work Interventions

3

SWRK 7650

 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups

SWRK 7660

 Social Work Perspectives on Practice with Networks, Neighbourhoods, and Communities

SWRK 7670

 Community Mobilization: Application of Concepts in Social Work Practice with Groups, Networks, and Communities

SWRK 7430

 Evaluation Research in Social Work Practice

3

SWRK 7440 

 Policy Analysis in Social Work Practice

3

SWRK 7680

 Management of Human Resources in Social Service Organizations

3

SWRK 7690

 Leadership, Strategic Program Planning, and Financial Management in Social Service Organizations

3

M.S.W.-IK Courses open to students in the M.S.W. Program:

SWRK 7750

 Indigeneity, Power, Privilege, and Social Work

3

SWRK 7780

 Social Work, Social Challenges, and Indigenous Peoples

3

SWRK 7810

 Anti-Colonial Social Work

3

M.S.W.-IK students are given priority in registration and space allocation. All other students must seek written permission of the course instructor to register for the above M.S.W.-IK courses.

Course-Based / Advanced Field Route

SWRK 7180

 Advanced Field Practice

0

SWRK 7190

 Integrating Theory and Research in Advanced Field Practice 

3

Or Thesis-Based Route

GRAD 7000

 Master's Thesis

0

NOTE: Not all courses may be offered annually.

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 and two additional members 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.

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

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.