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School of Social Work

Welcome to the School of Social Work!

A degree in social work at the University of Ottawa provides a unique opportunity for students to study a critical approach to intervention practices in the fields of health and family-childhood, while taking into account the current realities faced by francophones in a minority context.

Why the School of Social Work?

This field involves using social work skills and practices to create social change and find solutions to problems involving vulnerable individuals. As well as contribute to the ability of societies, communities, groups and individuals to improve the conditions in which individuals live as well as the overall well-being of the population. Through the use of critical and reflexive theories of social work and human behaviour, social work engages social institutions, structures and people.

The School of Social Work offers French-language programs at the undergraduate and master’s levels, and a PhD program in both official languages.

  • Undergraduate and master’s programs accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education
  • Specialization in health as well as family and childhood at the master’s and PhD levels
  • One-year master’s program for students with a BA in social work
  • Limited number of graduate studies admission scholarships for students with an average of 8.0 or higher
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Student voices

“My wish is to use my research to give a voice to those whose voices are forgotten or ignored, so that they can regain their power of agency.”

Katharine Larose-Hébert, student

Contact us

School of Social Work

Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, Room 12002
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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Tel.: 613-562-5494
[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday 
8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Please note our services and our personnel are available by MS Teams and by email.

The Social Sciences (FSS) and Vanier (VNR) buildings are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.