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Faculty of Community Services

Master of Social Work (MSW) FAQs

Don’t see your question here? Check the Graduate Studies Admissions FAQ for more information about admissions and the application process.

Is the MSW available by part-time or distance education?

No. The MSW at Ryerson is not offered via part-time or distance education. The program is offered on a full-time basis only. Classes are taught face-to-face at Ryerson.

How long is the program?

The program is offered on a full-time basis only, and takes one year to complete. This consists of three consecutive terms from September to August.

Who will my supervisor be?

Your supervisor will be assigned to you by the graduate program director. We will contact you in September to inform you of who your supervisor will be.

Can I apply after the first consideration deadline?

Yes, we continue to accept applications until the program is filled. However, we give first consideration for scholarships and awards to applicants who applied on or before that deadline. Find out if we are still accepting applications.

When will I hear if I’ve been accepted?

We will start to notify first consideration applicants of admissions decisions in mid-March, and will continue to notify all applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis until all available spots have been filled. 

How do you calculate my GPA?

When assessing your application, the Yeates School of Graduate Studies considers your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and the equivalent of your last two years of study. They do not include any college/CEGEP grades in their calculations. Calculate your GPA.

What funding is available?

There are a number of internal and external funding opportunities that can support you to pursue graduate studies. These include scholarships, awards, bursaries, assistantships and more.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is calculated on the basis of your program and status (full-time), not on the number of courses that you take per term.

The total minimum fee for a full-time student is based on the minimum time to completion for each program.

Your tuition is a yearly charge, which is broken into three equivalent payments for the three terms in a graduate academic calendar.

Is the field placement mandatory?

Yes, the field placement is a mandatory and essential part of the MSW program. Regardless of their previous experience, all students must complete the field placement component.

Will I be paid for field placements?

No, you will not be paid for field placements. The focus of the field placement is on acquiring advanced practice competencies and experiences in social work practice.

How long is the field placement?

The MSW placement begins in the second term of the program. You will be in placement from mid-January to the end of June. This consists of three days of placement per week (21 hours), normally on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You will complete 450 hours, in total, of placement.

Can I participate in an international placement?

No, Master of Social Work students cannot participate in international placements.

Who sets up the field placement?

You will work together with the field placement office to set up your field placement.