Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Social Work

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Program Information

School:Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Health Professions
Field of Study:Social Work
Description:The Master of Social Work program offers in-depth academic scholarship both in course content and in field placements. The program embraces a critical and anti-oppressive social justice approach to social work practice that includes a strong emphasis upon theoretical perspectives, social policy, professional values, research skills, practice methods and critical analysis. Elective courses focus on skill development in an area of special interest to the student. Students may also choose a thesis option for their MSW. The Department offers a distance-education option for this program.
URL:Social Work at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Careers:Managers in Social, Community and Correctional ServicesSocial WorkersCommunity and Social Service Workers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Candidates for admission must hold at least a four-year Bachelor Degree in Social Work with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours from a university of recognized standing.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or CanTEST [min. 4.5] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 90]
    Application Notes : English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Computer TOEFL - 237; Written TOEFL - 580; MELAB - 90; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
    Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Scholarly Interest Cover Sheet and paper, a resume, work/volunteer summary forms, and three references (academic, work, professional). Applicants should also have at least two years of full time employment in a social work position, following the BSW degree. Social Work employment gained prior and during the BSW degree is also recognized. Please visit the website for complete details.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 22, 2016