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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Ryerson University's School of Social Work is a pioneer in the field of social work education through its integration and study of anti-oppression and marginalization. Anti-oppression practices draw on critical analysis of socio-economic inequalities and processes of marginalization to understand how people become users of social services. This approach to practice involves critical interpretations of and reflection on social worker-client relations. Social workers with an anti-oppression perspective work towards social justice while addressing client needs. This perspective is relevant to all major fields of social work, including practice within child welfare settings, hospitals, school boards, community agencies and governmental institutions. 

  • Prepares students for advanced practice in the field of social work.
  • Enriches the knowledge of social workers already working within the field of social services.
  • Emphasizes anti-oppression practice and work with marginalized persons and communities.
  • Promotes research in the area of social work in Canadian and international contexts.
  • Provides practicum settings in urban contexts characterized by diversity.
  • Prepares students for further graduate studies including PhD studies.
  • Provides social work education in the heart of one of the most socially diverse cities in the world.
  • We affirm human dignity and value the social equality of all people.
  • We educate about the barriers to equality and seek to address the causes of oppression.
  • We are committed to learning environments that respect human and cultural diversity, and to the implementation of social work values in our curriculum and in the delivery of our programs.
  • We stand with populations that experience poverty, exploitation and domination, and seek to work with all those committed to the advancement of human dignity and social equality.
Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Social Work MSW

GUIDE FOR NEW STUDENTS: 2011/12



Hello, My Name Is Herman
by Karine Silverwoman,
MSW Candidate
This film was presented in the Roots Challenge Contest, Radio Canada International, a national competition of short films and multimedia productions.