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Department of Anthropology

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Graduate Programs

We believe that social workers must be actively involved in the understanding and transformation of injustices in social institutions and in the struggles of people to maximize control over their own lives. The School of Social Work offers two MSW programs, a PhD program and a Graduate Diploma.

Field Education

We have a long history of combining practical and classroom learning. We have over 100 community partners who help us the provide hands-on experience that is an integral part of our BSW and MSW programs.


Our research topics span social work’s central commitments to respond to individual and social problems and pursue social justice. Our strengths include knowledge mobilization – our engagement with theoretical, applied/professional, community and public audiences. Methodologically, we employ a range of critical approaches that consider power relations in research and practice.

Undergraduate Programs

Our program is accredited as an undergraduate university-level degree program by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. You will be eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Social Workers both as a student and upon graduation. Also upon graduation, you will be eligible to join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Social Work Grad students awarded CER Graduate Student Internships

Social Work PhD student Alexe Bernier and MSW student Stephanie Milliken have been awarded internships by the Community Research Platform.
Jan 05, 2023

Maddie Brockbank wins 2022 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Social Work PhD candidate Maddie Brockbank was one of seven McMaster scholars from across the Faculties of Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Engineering that was awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Nov 30, 2022

Labour negotiations can't be in 'good faith' without acknowledging the cruelties workers face

For so many, labour action is about whether they get to eat or stay in their home. School of Social Work associate professor Ameil Joseph shares his opinion.
Nov 22, 2022

School of Social Work researchers launch oral history project

Researchers led by social work professor Tara La Rose will interview social workers across Canada with the aim of preserving the history of the field.
Sep 28, 2022

School of Social Work to host graduate reception

The reception will be open to all graduates of the School of Social Work from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Jun 01, 2022

Social Assistance Recipients Have Given Up On Government Help

It is understandable that the hungry people who wait for food in miserable weather have given up on the government, Sally Palmer writes in The Hamilton Spectator.
May 31, 2022