Social Work

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

Our two master's level programs combine coursework, practicum and a practice-based research paper. You will graduate from one of our programs with the thorough foundation needed to work successfully with diverse populations in a wide variety of social service settings.

Our PhD program provides students with advanced scholarship related to the development and practice of critical knowledge, theory, skills and approaches to social work. The program assumes that students have prior and extensive knowledge of the field of social work. It will be open to qualified students wishing to pursue advanced scholarly study in the field of social work.

MSW in Social Work

The MSW program focuses on consideration of complexity in practice in order to enable students to engage in practice from a critical perspective.

The full-time or part-time MSW program is open to graduates of recognized universities, with a BSW or an equivalent honours undergraduate social work degree with at least a B+ average in the last two years of study, and related social work experience.

Two-year MSW in Social Work

The first year of the program is a foundation year, designed to introduce students to advanced social work education at the graduate level. The second year of the program is integrated into the existing one-year, full-time MSW program.

The two-year full-time MSW program is designed for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), but who hold an honours undergraduate degree in a related subject and who have relevant professional, personal and volunteer experience in the field.

PhD in Social Work

Rich in theory, our PhD program challenges students to expose and examine the functions of social control and oppression, focusing on the ways in which social structures contribute to the dislocation of oppressed and disenfranchised populations. Students benefit from our research–based, critical theory approach to learning, preparing them for leadership roles focused on the promotion of social equality and the pursuit of social transformation.

Stream and Specializations: 

The MSW is a generalist degree and has the following accredited fields of study:

  • Integration of research and critical practice
  • Identity, diversity and anti-oppression
  • Social policy analysis and advocacy in a local and global context

The PhD has the following accredited fields of study:

  • Social policy
  • Globalization and international issues
  • Systemic oppression
  • Race, ethnicity and culture
  • Community and direct practice

MSW (Advanced Standing) - Full-time & Part-time

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Practice-based research paper AND
  • Practica
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 term(s)
  • Part-time - 6 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    December 14, 2016 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MSW in Social Work
      • BSW degree with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate Social Work degree
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred)
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest (500 words)
      • Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
    • Two-year MSW in Social Work
      • Honours undergraduate degree in a related subject with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate degree
      • Relevant professional, personal or volunteer experience
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest (500 words)
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred)
      • Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
      • Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods course (search for "research methods" under Course Title)
    • PhD in Social Work
      • Have a minimum B+ average from the Master's degree (MSW or a related discipline) and have completed at least one social work degree (BSW or MSW). In exceptional cases, applicants who do not have a social work degree may be considered if they have a related degree. In such case, applicants must also demonstrate extensive experiences in social welfare, or community/social services.
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest, including proposal for plan of study
      • Sample of professional or academic writing
      • One-page statement of reasons for choosing York (indicate fields of study that relate to your research interest)
      • Three letters of reference (one of which is academic that addresses candidate's potential for doctoral level research)

    *In exceptional cases, a master's degree in a related discipline will be considered. In such a case, the applicant must demonstrate extensive experience in the field. Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    MSW (two-year)

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Course work AND
    • Practice-based research paper AND
    • Two practica
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    December 14, 2016 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MSW in Social Work
      • BSW degree with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate Social Work degree
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred)
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest (500 words)
      • Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
    • Two-year MSW in Social Work
      • Honours undergraduate degree in a related subject with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate degree
      • Relevant professional, personal or volunteer experience
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest (500 words)
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred)
      • Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
      • Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods course (search for "research methods" under Course Title)
    • PhD in Social Work
      • Have a minimum B+ average from the Master's degree (MSW or a related discipline) and have completed at least one social work degree (BSW or MSW). In exceptional cases, applicants who do not have a social work degree may be considered if they have a related degree. In such case, applicants must also demonstrate extensive experiences in social welfare, or community/social services.
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest, including proposal for plan of study
      • Sample of professional or academic writing
      • One-page statement of reasons for choosing York (indicate fields of study that relate to your research interest)
      • Three letters of reference (one of which is academic that addresses candidate's potential for doctoral level research)

    *In exceptional cases, a master's degree in a related discipline will be considered. In such a case, the applicant must demonstrate extensive experience in the field. Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Course work AND
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 11, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MSW in Social Work
      • BSW degree with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate Social Work degree
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred)
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest (500 words)
      • Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
    • Two-year MSW in Social Work
      • Honours undergraduate degree in a related subject with a "B+" average in the last two years of study or equivalent honours undergraduate degree
      • Relevant professional, personal or volunteer experience
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest (500 words)
      • Three letters of recommendation (one of which is academic, one professional and third can be either - academic is preferred)
      • Two years of experience in social work/social justice work (paid and/or voluntary) is preferred
      • Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods course (search for "research methods" under Course Title)
    • PhD in Social Work
      • Have a minimum B+ average from the Master's degree (MSW or a related discipline) and have completed at least one social work degree (BSW or MSW). In exceptional cases, applicants who do not have a social work degree may be considered if they have a related degree. In such case, applicants must also demonstrate extensive experiences in social welfare, or community/social services.
      • Resumé or CV
      • Statement of interest, including proposal for plan of study
      • Sample of professional or academic writing
      • One-page statement of reasons for choosing York (indicate fields of study that relate to your research interest)
      • Three letters of reference (one of which is academic that addresses candidate's potential for doctoral level research)

    *In exceptional cases, a master's degree in a related discipline will be considered. In such a case, the applicant must demonstrate extensive experience in the field. Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3