Master of Social Work in Canada

Master of Social Work in Canada

Master of Social Work in Canada
Tn AryalSun Mar 13 2022

Master of Social Work in Canada is a 1 to 3-year course that opens doors for you in a number of areas. 

Students with a non-social work Bachelor's degree can also apply to some Canadian Universities for the MSW Program. 

For example, the University of Calgary offers such courses, the criteria however is that students need to get enrolled in the 36-month program.

After completing this course, students can get jobs in areas such as- 

  • Hospitals/community health centres
  • Mental health clinics, schools
  • Non-profit/advocacy groups
  • Government
  • Social service/child welfare/family service agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Social housing
  • Family courts
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Private counselling
  • School boards
  • Consulting.

Because of this broad scope, the Masters in Social Work program is in huge demand worldwide. 

Why study Master of Social Work in Canada? 

  • The hourly pay rate for professionals with MSW degrees in Canada is between CAD 20 per hour to CAD 50 per hour. 
  • Leading universities like the University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of British Columbia offer this program. 
  • GRE Scores are waived off by many Canadian Universities for this program.
  • The permanent residency prospect is pretty great for MSW Students. 

Top Universities for Master of Social Work Canada

Top Universities to study Masters in Social Work in Canada for international students according to QS Ranking 2021: 

Ranking in Canada

Global Ranking

University

1

18

University of Toronto

2

20

University of British Columbia

3

43

McGill University

4

=118

University of Montreal

5

=132

Western University

6

165

Queen’s University at Kingston

7

=175

University of Alberta

8

=187

York University

9

=212

University of Waterloo

10

215

University of Calgary

MSW in Canada Fees

The cost of studying for a Master of Social Work in Canada ranges from CAD 12,000 to CAD 40,000 and beyond for international students. 

University

Annual tuition fees in CAD

University of British Columbia

CAD 27,043.40 for international students

CAD 5,197,50 for domestic students

University of Manitoba

18285.6 for international students

University of Waterloo

CAD 34,374 for international students

Lakehead University

CAD 23,790.3

Memorial University of Newfoundland

CAD 15,600

University of Windsor

CAD 23,703

University of Ottawa

CAD 27,089

Ryerson University

CAD 24,809.91

MSW Admission Process and Requirements

How can I apply for MSW in Canada?

To apply for the master of social work program in Canada, you need these documents-

  • Official certificates of bachelor's level including transcript, character and provisional certificate. 
  • Intermediate level documents including character, provisional and transcripts. 
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • 2-3 Letter of Recommendations depending upon the University
  • Passport
  • Application fees
  • Valid English Proficiency test results
  • GRE Scores (Not always mandatory)
  • Work experience if asked
  • Additional essays and interviews

University Specific MSW Requirements

University of British Columbia

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work- Advanced (MSW)
  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • TOEFL: Overall 93, Minimum 22 in reading and listening and 21 in writing and speaking. 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each band
  • Academic Requirements: A minimum average of 76% or B+ grade in Bachelor in Social Work. 
  • GRE Scores are not required. 

University of Waterloo

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work
  • Course Duration: 1 year
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • TOEFL: Overall 95, Minimum 25 in writing and speaking
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0, minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing
    • PTE: Overall 63, minimum 65 in speaking and writing
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a minimum of 75% in the final 2 years of study. 

University of Manitoba

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work (MSW) for 
  • Course Duration: 1-3 years
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • TOEFL: Overall 86, Minimum 20 in each section.
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5
    • PTE: Overall 61
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a Bachelor's degree in social work or other related degrees with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours
  • Application fees: CAD 100

University of Toronto

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work (Specialisations: Children and Their Families, Gerontology, Health and Mental Health, Human Services Management and Leadership, Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency, Social Justice and Diversity)
  • Course Duration: 2-3 years
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • TOEFL: Overall 93, Minimum 22 in writing and speaking
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0, minimum 6.5 in speaking and writing
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete BSW with a minimum of a B grade in the final year of study.

University of Calgary

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work (Specialisations: Clinical Social Work Practice, Leadership in the Human Services, International and Community Development)
  • Course Duration: 1-3 years
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • TOEFL: Overall 97
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0
    • PTE: Overall 68
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete BSW with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the last 2 years of study. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience in the human services field. 

Dalhousie University

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work
  • Course Duration: 2-3 years
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0
  • Academic Requirements: A Social work degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  
  • Applicants with 2 years of full-time experience are preferred. 

Lakehead University

  • Course Name: Master of Social Work (Specialisations: Gerontology, gender and women’s Studies)
  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • Cut-off English Test Scores:
    • IELTS: Overall 7.0
    • PTE: Overall 68
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a 4 year Bachelor's degree in social work with a minimum of B grade.

MSW Scholarships

University

Scholarship

Value

University of Alberta

Regional Excellence Scholarship

Up to CAD 5,000 based on admission average

International Excellence Scholarship

Up to CAD 5,000 based on admission average

Gold Standard Scholarship

The top 5% of students in each faculty of the university receive up to CAD 6,000

International Leader Scholarship

Up to CAD 10,000

University of British Columbia

International Major Entrance Scholarship

Students need to demonstrate exceptionally well in academics.  

Outstanding International Student Award

Students need to demonstrate brilliant academic achievement and strong extracurricular involvement. 

University of Montreal

UseM Exemption Scholarship

CAD 9787.95 per year. 

McMaster University

Provost Entrance Scholarship

CAD 7.500

Athletic Financial Awards

CAD 4,500

McMaster Chinese Alumni Peter George International Entrance Scholarship

CAD 3,000

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

CAD 10,000-20,000

Richard Fuller Memorial Scholarship for Science

Cad 10,000- 20,000

University of Toronto

University of Toronto Scholars Program

CAD 7,500

President’s Scholars of Excellence Program

CAD 10,000

University of Toronto International Scholars Award

CAD 80,000-1,80,000 for 4 years 

Kata Scholars Program

Varies

Scope of a Master of Social Work degree in Canada

Masters of Social Work professionals are most often employed in middle-level positions in, governmental and non-governmental organisations both in Canada and internationally.

They may work in direct practise policy analysis and development or community development

  • Public health and health promotion programs
  • Primary care and long-term care
  • Hospitals
  • Human service organisations and health care
  • Health-related governmental agencies
  • Community-based health services
  • Health advocacy groups.

Social work jobs and salaries in Canada-

Job Title

Range

Average

Social Worker (MSW)

C$44k - C$86k

C$62,343

Executive Director

C$65k - C$146k

C$94,945

Mental Health Counsellor

C$42k - C$79k

C$57,221

Program Manager, Non-Profit Organisation

C$48k - C$94k (Estimated *)

C$61,472

Program Director, Non-Profit

C$50k - C$89k (Estimated *)

C$66,282

School Social Worker

C$40k - C$89k (Estimated *)

C$60,360

Policy Analyst

C$47k - C$75k (Estimated *)

C$60,782

Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organisation

C$36k - C$62k (Estimated *)

C$47,029

Medical Social Worker

C$51k - C$94k (Estimated *)

C$69,586

Clinical Director

C$70k - C$117k (Estimated *)

C$92,723

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organisation

C$59k - C$124k (Estimated *)

C$84,475

Social Work Supervisor

C$49k - C$87k (Estimated *)

C$66,333

 

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