The School of Social Work offers a master’s program (offered in French only) and a doctoral program (PhD) in social work. The School is a member of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) and the MSS program is approved by the Program Accreditation Bureau of that association.
The master’s program in social work offers professional training focused on the analysis of social inequality, minority contexts and the needs and characteristics of the French-speaking population in Ontario.
The aim of the program is to prepare social workers to assume a leadership role in terms of the development, delivery and evaluation of practices and social policies. The program also aims to promote, through social action, the recognition of the rights of marginalized populations or of those living in minority contexts, as well as their access to social services.
The master’s program aims to train “practitioner-researchers” who will acquire analytical and critical thinking related to the practice of social work and the knowledge associated to it.
The School of Social Work aims to achieve these objectives through a research -intervention dynamic in the two following fields of study: family-child and health.
The MSS program consists of two years of training. The first provides students with the theoretical and practical foundations of the social work profession. The second aims to deepen knowledge in one of the two fields of study: health or family - children.
The objective of the PhD program is to train high-calibre researchers or professionals, to provide them with tools to analyze the articulation of the dimensions of micro- and macro intervention practices in social work, and to significantly contribute to the renewal of these practices. Students will acquire critical and in-depth knowledge of social work in its multiple contexts, through scientific reasoning steps to successfully complete the doctoral thesis. The option of completing a practicum in research-intervention is available.
The doctoral program offers two research fields: Health and Family-Childhood.
The compulsory courses of the program are offered in French only. It is possible to take the elective course in French or in English. In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have a right to produce their work, their thesis, and to answer examination questions in French or in English. If the thesis is written in English, the abstract must be in French and vice versa.
It is recommended that candidates who do not hold a degree in social work complete the practicum in research-intervention during the program.
The programs are governed by the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS).