Master’s in social work

The objective of the Master's program in Social Work, available in French only, is to offer professional training focused on the analysis of social inequalities, minority contexts, and the needs and characteristics of Ontario's Francophone community.

The program's goal is to prepare students for leadership roles in the development, provision and evaluation of social policies and practices. The program also aims to promote, through social action, the recognition of the rights of populations that are marginalized or living in minority contexts and their access to social services.

Duration and organization of the program

This program comprises two years of training that includes courses, field placement (will not be remunerated) and a major research paper. The first year allows students to acquire the theoretical and practical foundations of social work as a profession, while the second year is aimed at a deepening of the acquired knowledge.

During this second year, students will therefore orient their choice of courses according to a field of interest and issues linked to the fields of health or family-childhood.

The completion of the program requires the completion of 60 credits. Regulations governing the program are established by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. As per University policies, all the requirements of this program must be completed in four years.

The School will accept a certain number of part-time students in the program.

Fields of study


The family-childhood field of study focuses on social issues, intervention, social policy and research linked to the practice of social work in the institutions and organizations that work with children, adolescents, families and senior citizens.

The program examines the issues linked to contemporary families, violence against women and children, and poverty, taking into account age, social class, sexual, ethnic and cultural identity, and the Franco-Ontarian context.

In pursuing the objectives of research and intervention, this field of studies evaluates the relevance of current approaches to intervention and social policy in a critical perspective.

Theoretical courses, practicum, and research in a diversity of institutions and organizations support this orientation. For example, children's aid societies, community organizations, social service organizations for families and the elderly, as well as federal, provincial and municipal departments, provide opportunities for students to complete their practicum and undertake research.


The health field focuses on intervention, social issues, research and social policy in all community and alternative institutions and organizations working in the health field.

Since the term "health" is placed within a socio-cultural context, this field involves the study of issues linked to definitions of physical or mental health, social participation and the role of networks and organizations offering support and services to the Franco-Ontarian population.

From a social policy analysis and research perspective, this field of study is specifically aimed at the social, political and economic questions tied to health intervention in franco-ontarian communities. In this context, the concepts of prevention, promotion and well-being are examined in a critical perspective that takes into account age, social class, gender, ethnicity and culture. The School of Social Work offers practicum related to both intervention and research, within health oriented institutions as well as in organizations that may be qualified as alternative.

For more information regarding this program of study, please refer to General information and program requirements - Social Work - uOttawa Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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