MSW Revised Program

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Newly Admitted MSW Students

Program Information

Please be advised that the Pre-M.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs are not offered via distance or online education.

The Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba has operated since 1943. The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is fully accredited and recognized internationally as both a professional and academic qualification.

The revised MSW program structure with a common core and up to five clusters, includes a number of newly developed courses, and modified existing courses 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).

The new structure ensures that students have knowledge and skills required to meet accreditation standards while continuing to allow for specialization. The revised program offers students greater flexibility in designing a program that meets their learning objectives. The credit hour requirements of the MSW Program remain unchanged as does the opportunity for students to meet degree requirements through a thesis or coursework option.

The revised program will require 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). Students also have the option of completing the program on a part-time basis. Full-time M.S.W students have 4 years to complete their program. Part-time M.S.W. students may have up to 6 years to complete their program.

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

All students must complete three core courses (9 credit hours).

All students must complete courses within an area of specialization- "cluster" (9 credit hours).

All students must complete 6 credit hours of electives (which may be taken within Social Work or other departments).

Students choose either the course-based option, whic

h 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.

Information on fees for full-time and part-time M.S.W. students can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.