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Social Work (MSW)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Social Work

Ryerson University’s School of Social Work is a leader 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 critically interpreting and reflecting on social worker-client relations. Social workers with an anti-oppression perspective aim for social justice while addressing clients’ needs. This perspective is relevant to all major fields of social work, including practice within child welfare settings, hospitals, school boards, community agencies and government institutions.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an institution that meets the guidelines of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, or is accredited by a national body of accreditation
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Resumé
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation

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  • Aboriginal Health
  • Anti-Oppression Social Work Practices
  • Critical Approaches to Child Welfare
  • Critical Approaches to Mental Health
  • Critical Race Studies and Practice
  • Disability Studies
  • Globalization and Social Work Practice
  • HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and Social Care
  • Income Security
  • Indigenous Epistemologies and Research Methodologies
  • Queer Theory and Identities
  • Recreation and Sports Development
  • Social Inclusion and Citizenship
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Structural Approaches to Direct Social Work Practice
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice Responses to Marginalization
  • Critical Perspectives on Marginalization
  • Field Practicum
  • Practice Research Seminar
  • Research for Social Change
  • MSW Student Lab
  • MSW Student Lounge

MSW graduates have published in the following journals:

  • Action Research
  • Canadian Journal of Public Health
  • Canadian Social Work Review
  • International Social Work
  • Journal of GLBT Family Studies
  • Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth
  • Journal of Native Education
  • Pathways to Education
  • Qualitative Social Work

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Punima George
Graduate Program Director
Research areas: community practice, globalization, neoliberalism, international social work practices, anti-oppressive organizational change, and issues of South Asian communities in Toronto.
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7146

Milene Ferreira
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2762
Fax: 416-979-5153

“The tremendous faculty in the School of Social Work challenged me to engage in scholarship that is not only theoretically rich, but socially just and ultimately, courageous,”

Jake Pyne, MSW alumnus
Christian Hui

Student Profile

Christian Hui’s (master of social work alumnus) research suggests AIDS service organizations must learn to support marginalized groups.

student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.