Appendix D: PhD programs in Social Work
Institution Description Curriculum Admission Requirements Comments
McGill University The School of Social Work offers a PhD The program consists of 90 credits: 15 Applicants must hold an MSW or, a This is a bilingual program
http://www.mcgill.ca/social program in social work/social policy in order course credits (five 3 credit courses) and 75 BSW with a Master’s degree in a offered jointly with Universite
work/programs/degree/phd to respond to the pressing needs for credits for the comprehensive examination related subject from an accredited de Montreal. It is designed to
/ professors, social policy analysts and and the dissertation. program, with a minimum CGPA of prepare students for careers
researchers in Canada and Quebec. 3.5 on a 4-point scale. in the academy or as
Courses are offered in English at McGill. A Courses: researchers in Canada and
parallel stream is offered in French at Two required courses (6 credits) International students for whom Quebec, and it stresses the
Université de Montréal. Students have the Thought&Theory Dev in Soc Wk English is a second language must value of student exposure to
option of taking courses at either university. Dissertation Seminar provide an official Test of English as a the multicultural and
Three elective courses (9 credits). At least Foreign Language (TOEFL). multiracial character of
The program aims to: one of the following two courses: Montreal.
Prepare graduates for careers in SWRK 722 The application should include:
university teaching and research, policy Adv Seminar on Social Policy
development, evaluation of practice, At least one of these two courses: The candidate's curriculum vitae;
intervention, consultation, as well as the Adv Res Methds &Anal:Quan Data A research proposal including a
management of human services; Adv Qual Res Methods&Data Anal statement of the problem, short
Permit students to acquire the ability to Optionally, one of the following to complete literature review, research
apply scientific methods of research to the 9 elective credits: question, and methodology (1500
the study of normative, analytical, and Independent Study words maximum);
methodological questions; Any other masters or doctoral level A one page narrative answering
Stimulate original research on pressing course, in social work or a related the question: Why do you want to
social concerns discipline, relevant to the thesis. undertake this PhD program at
Of particular value and importance is the After completion of 12 course credits, the Confirmation of Supervisor Form
opportunity for students to be exposed student takes the Comprehensive 2 official transcripts (all
throughout their program to the multicultural Examination which includes written and oral universities attended);
and multiracial character of Montreal. components. Once the examination is 3 reference letters (minimum: one
complete, the student may register for the academic);
Dissertation Seminar. Having completed the A statement of the student's
course requirements, the student presents availability for the program
his/her project to his/her Doctoral Committee (indicate if there are any special
for final approval. circumstances that would affect
your taking classes);
The Graduate and Postdoctoral
Studies Office application form
and application fee.
Copies of research papers are
also essential to the assessment.
A sample of written work
(publications, copy of the Masters
research report, thesis, etc)
should be submitted.
Memorial University The Social Work PhD program was At least twenty-four credit hours in regulation Applicants are required to submit: This Ph.D. program provides
http://www.mun.ca/socwrk/ introduced in 1995 and is the only such graduate courses, including: six credit hours regionally relevant and
program in Atlantic Canada. Memorial in foundation courses; six credit hours in An application form for the School accessible advanced and
University's PhD program in Social Work advanced practice courses, or three credit of Graduate Studies specialized education in
provides regionally relevant and accessible, hours in advanced practice courses and An application for admission to social work. This program
advanced and specialized education in social three credit hours in social work education; the PhD program in Social Work stresses “critical thinking” but
work. The program is research-based, nine credit hours in research; and one three Evidence of an MSW degree or is not based in critical theory
stressing critical thinking and the production credit internship chosen from the Internships equivalent professional social and practice. It is practice
of original and significant scholarship. The in Advanced Social Work Practice, in Social work degree, as determined by based, and provides an
program focuses on (1) advanced social Work Education, or in Social Work Research. the Graduate Studies Committee, internship experiences in
work practice and (2) social work education, School of Social Work either social work practice or
emphasizing commitment to people and Course work begins in May and is completed Evidence of a minimum of three education.
social justice. over five semesters. Scholars must attend years of professional practice
two full time spring semester residencies and Description of her/his intended
This flexible program uses faculty and complete fall and winter semester courses study and research plan
mentoring resources throughout North either on or off campus. An up-to-date curriculum vitae
America and balances group learning with and samples of written work.
individually tailored instruction. The format The Comprehensive Examination is
enhances access by employed social normally taken in the in her/his seventh
workers and by those in remote and rural semester.
areas. Scholars may complete a portion of
their program requirements from an off- Completion of a Doctoral Thesis is required.
campus location. To facilitate course
delivery, all scholars must have internet
University of British “The School of Social Work and Family At least 15 credits of course work including: Applicants with Canadian or U.S. This Ph.D. in Social Work and
Columbia Studies is committed to collaborative credentials must meet the following Family Studies is intended to
http://www.swfs.ubc.ca/ learning, research and practice with diverse Social Work and Family Studies Doctoral minimum academic requirements in provide students with
communities to promote social well-being. Seminar order to be considered for the backgrounds in either social
Building on over seventy years of Social Social Theory, Ideology and Ethics program: work or family studies an
Work education and a quarter of a century of One 3 credit substantive course selected opportunity for advanced
Family Studies education at UBC, the with Advisory Committee's approval Hold a Master's degree in Family study in a research-intensive
recently merged School (1999) - the only Two of the following courses: Studies, Social Work, or other program. The program
such institution in Canada - draws on its twin Advanced Data Analysis in Social Work related social science field from provides “critical components”
disciplines in education and preparing and Family Studies an accredited university-level for practice in research, policy
students as critically aware and reflective Theory and Practice of Program institution analysis and human service
citizens, as family practitioners in the human Evaluation Meet the academic requirement management, but does not
services and for entry level and advanced Advanced Qualitative Inquiry* as prescribed by the UBC Faculty express a focus on critical
professional social work practice. of Graduate Studies: "overall theory or social justice goals.
All students are expected to be admitted to average of B+ (76% at UBC) in
The PhD Program in Social Work and Family candidacy within two years of initial master's degree program"
Studies provides students with a background registration**. To do this, students must: Have sufficient preparatory
in social work, social policy, social academic background to carry out
development or family studies, an 1. Complete a minimum of two terms of full- graduate work, including graduate
opportunity for advanced scholarship and time, on-campus study (residency) and level courses in statistics,
professional growth in the context of a all required courses quantitative research and
research-intensive program. Specializing in 2. Pass their comprehensive examinations qualitative research
either Social Work or Family Studies, 3. Have their dissertation proposal Show evidence of English
students are prepared for university teaching approved language proficiency
and research (theoretical and applied),
including program evaluation. The program The typical student will enter the program,
can also provide critical components for take their courses and complete their
professional practice in research, policy candidacy exam within two years**. Doctoral
analysis and human service management. dissertation research will then be conducted
in their third and fourth years.
From a family studies and social work
perspective, the School's faculty members Students will normally take two courses per
are involved in areas of research including term in their first year of residency (total four
Youth and Child Welfare, Parent-child courses). In their third and fourth semesters
Relations, Couple Relationships, Family they will take at least one additional
Violence, Families and Work, Aging, Health, remaining course, develop a doctoral
Substance Abuse, Diversity, First Nations, research proposal and take candidacy
Social Policy, Disability Issues, Community exams.
and International Social Development.
Following the comprehensive examination,
the student will present a formal thesis
Note: The PhD program will NOT be proposal for approval by the candidate's
accepting application for the 2006/7 committee before proceeding to the research
academic year. The next intake will be for that will culminate in a formal thesis defense.
the academic year beginning September The major requirement of the PhD is
2007. completion of a research thesis reporting
significant and original scientific research.
University of Calgary The PhD program, which began in 1994, was The PhD includes a minimum of nine half- Applicants to the PhD program must This Ph.D. program prepares
http://fsw.ucalgary.ca/main the first doctoral degree in Social Work to be courses in the student's area of meet the following admission students for roles as
.htm?page=ss_phd.shtml offered in Western Canada. The program specialization. After the completion of all requirements: researchers and educators.
prepares students for roles as advanced courses, students prepare a research A Master of Social Work or The goal is to facilitate study
researchers and educators and is designed proposal and complete candidacy equivalent graduate degree with a and research within the
to facilitate study and research within the examinations. Course work, research minimum grade point average of student’s area of interest and
student's areas of specialization. Students proposal, and candidacy examinations must 3.50 on a four-point scale specialization and to build
work closely with faculty advisors to devise be completed within 28 months of entering Substantial professional student strengths. The
programs that build on existing strengths and the program. Thesis research is then experience program does not approach
meet educational interests and goals. conducted under the supervision of a Proficiency in the English these goals from any
supervisory committee, with an oral language. particular theoretical or value
Collectively, the academic staff represents examination at the end of the process. perspective.
an impressive range of expertise in child and Students have a maximum of six years to
family practice, gerontology, community complete their degree.
practice and research, management in non- Required courses include:
profit organizations, social policy, Research Foundations: Epistemology
international social work, qualitative and and Professional Knowledge-Building
quantitative research, and other issues of Social Work Theory, History, and
concern to social workers. Philosophy
Research Methods I: Quantitative
Research Methods II: Qualitative
Integrative Research Seminar.
Three half-course options relevant to the
student's area of specialization.
University of Manitoba Mission Statement: To pursue knowledge The program consists of: (a) 27 credit hours Admission requirements include: The stated goal of this
http://www.umanitoba.ca/f and provide accessible and inclusive of coursework, (b) a candidacy examination, 1. Master of Social Work degree, or program is to develop skills
aculties/social_work/docu educational programs that will advance the and (c) a Ph.D. thesis. equivalent, from an accredited for research and teaching,
ments/PhD_Application.pd fields of social work practice and social policy degree-granting university, with a with particular emphasis on
f at all levels and that will contribute to the Course Requirements include: minimum grade point average of research concerning
development of societies in promoting Social Work core courses (6 credit hours): 3.0. Applicants who possess a Aboriginal people and
respect for human rights and dignity, Perspectives on Knowledge for Social B.S.W. degree and a non-social women. The program is not
individual worth and well being, diversity, Work (3 credit hours) work Master’s degree may be grounded in critical theory,
social inclusion, and the principles of social Development of the Social Work admitted to a qualifying year although its emphasis on
justice. To prepare students for ethical, Profession (3 credit hours) during which the student may be Aboriginal peoples and
competent, critically reflective, innovative, Research Courses (12 credit hours): required to complete all or women reflect interest in
anti-oppressive, accountable, and effective selected core courses of the social justice goals.
social work practice at all levels. In particular, Advanced Qualitative Research in Social M.S.W. stream consistent with the
to prepare Aboriginal students for social work Work (6 credit hours) applicant’s Ph.D. focus of study.
practice in culturally appropriate and Advanced Quantitative Research in 2. Minimum research competency in
sensitive ways. To create and maintain a Social Work (6 credit hours) qualitative or quantitative
learning environment that promotes and Teaching Requirement (3 credit hours): methods equivalent to the level
supports respect for difference, risk-taking, Seminar in Post-Secondary Instruction required for the Master of Social
democratic participation, a spirit of inquiry, (129.745) (3 credit hours) OR Work degree from the University
equity, innovation, originality, and An alternative requirement that of Manitoba, with a minimum
collaboration. To acknowledge, support, and addresses teaching (3 credit hours) grade of 3.0 (B). Although the
promote different traditions of knowledge and Electives (6 credit hours): minimum requirement is for one
different methods of knowledge gathering. One elective in the student’s area of course, applicants are expected
specialization (3 credit hours) to have basic competency in both
The Ph.D. is an advanced degree, focusing One additional elective (3 credit hours) qualitative and quantitative
on developing skills for research and methods.
teaching. A full range of opportunities for Candidacy Examination: 3. Evidence of scholarly ability,
study is available, and we particularly The candidacy examination consists of a through publications in refereed
encourage research concerning Aboriginal major paper on a topic within the student’s journals, other scholarly work of
people and women. general area of study and an oral equivalent standard, or courses
examination of the topic covered in the taught in accredited university
paper. programs must be provided.
4. A minimum of two years of
Thesis Research: professional practice experience
The student’s Ph.D. advisory committee, in social work.
chaired by a thesis advisor, provides advice
and guidance in the development of the Applicants must also provide:
proposal for the thesis, and during the
ongoing research phase. A detailed Curriculum Vitae
A dissertation proposal (no longer
than 2000 words)
University of Toronto The Faculty of Social Work at the University Ten graduate level half- credit courses, or To be considered for admission This program focuses on
http://www.socialwork.utor of Toronto is distinguished by its emphasis their equivalent, as follows: applicants must meet the following competence in the conduct of
onto.ca/index.php?section on evidence based practice; by its practicum requirements: research. Its goal is to
=1 education; and by a governing structure that a) The following required courses in prepare graduates to
brings together teaching faculty, field research: 1. A Master of Social Work degree contribute to advancement of
instructors, students, alumni, the profession, Intermediate Statistics and Data Analysis or an equivalent Master's degree knowledge and practice in
the administration, and the University as (half-credit) with a B+ average from an various fields of social work.
partners in the realization of the Faculty's Epistemology and Social Work Research accredited program in a university While a stated objective is to
mission. The Faculty's current program of (half-credit course) of recognized standing. impart knowledge of policy
teaching and research is organised around Designing and Implementing Qualitative 2. Competency in basic statistical and practice issues in social
four areas of specialisation: children and Social Work Research (half-credit methods at an introductory level work, it does not explicitly
their families; mental health and health; course) (an introductory statistics course approach these subjects from
diversity and social justice; and gerontology. Designing and Implementing is offered in the first term of the a critical perspective.
Quantitative Social Work Research (half- program to ensure that students
The Ph.D. program is designed for social credit course) meet this prerequisite).
workers who want to assume leadership 3. Educational and professional
positions in teaching, research, policy and b) Complete a required experience that will indicate a
administration. Upon completion of the thesis/comprehensive seminar (during capacity to undertake research-
program, graduates obtain competence in second year of program): oriented post-graduate work.
the following areas: Doctoral Thesis/Comprehensive Seminar 4. Must show evidence of facility in
(half-credit- CR/NCR). the English language.
Ability to conduct research using a range
of paradigms and methods which span c) Complete 5 graduate elective half-credit
quantitative - qualitative approaches and (or equivalent), at least one of which is taken
which inform and advance social work at the Faculty of Social Work, and at least
knowledge and performance in areas of one of which is taken in another graduate
direct practice, community intervention, department at the University of Toronto.
and policy development.
A broad understanding of the major Following completion of the course work,
practice and policy issues in social students are required to satisfactorily
welfare and the profession of social complete a Comprehensive Paper.
Substantive knowledge of a field of Following completion of the Comprehensive
social work (defined by students' Paper, candidates propose and complete a
research interests), including questions thesis which shall constitute a distinct
in that field which need to be addressed contribution to knowledge in the field of
empirically. social work and must be based on research
conducted while registered for the Ph.D.
Wilfred Laurier Since September 1987, a doctoral program Course Work The PhD program seeks applicants This program is designed to
University has been offered by the Faculty of Social The program consists of a minimum of nine who possess the following prepared graduates for
http://www.wlu.ca/homepa Work. This program provides students with half-credit courses. Five courses are required qualifications: leadership roles in education,
ge.php?grp_id=30 the opportunities for advanced scholarship courses for all students and four electives research and specialized
and professional growth, and prepares corresponding to the students’ study plan A Master of Social Work degree practice in human service
graduates for leadership roles in fields such and interests. The required courses are as from a recognized university, organizations. Research
as higher education, research and follows: normally with at least an A- skills are emphasized. The
specialized practice in governmental or Multivariate Analysis for Social Work average in the Master's program. program does not focus on
private human service organizations. Research Applicants with other graduate critical perspectives on social
Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative degrees and strong social service work.
Our PhD program is for students with Master Methods in Social Work Research experience may be considered
of Social Work degree or the equivalent. Our Social Work Thought and Theory under exceptional circumstances.
graduates are employed in a variety of Development Normally, a minimum of three
professional capacities. Many of our Epistemology and the Nature of Social years post MSW social work
graduates are employed in university Work Knowledge experience. In addition, the
teaching positions; others are employed as Applied Qualitative Research Methods applicant must provide evidence
executive directors of social service of a level of professional
agencies, public service, consulting, and Comprehensive Paper competence suitable for
research in the private sector. The PhD comprehensive paper serves to admission to the PhD program.
assess the student's ability to: (1) integrate Evidence of scholarly ability for
social work knowledge, theory and practice; clear and creative thinking and
(2) analyze the implications of knowledge the ability to pursue independent
and theory for social work practice; and, (3) study.
demonstrate a broad knowledge of the
selected area of study.
Students who successfully complete the
comprehensive examination are admitted to
candidacy for the PhD degree and are
entitled to register for the doctoral