Social Work


  • The University of Windsor MSW program is geared toward students seeking advanced professional knowledge and skills within an ecological systems perspective.
  • There is an emphasis on the ‘interrelationship’ across levels of practice, including the interrelationship between individuals and their environments and the impact the environment has on individuals.
  • Environment includes a range of contexts including but not limited to family context, organizational infrastructures, service systems, network linkages, political forces, cultural forces, social forces, social work values, roles, and professional issues.


  • At Windsor Law, you will get a challenging, well-rounded legal education focused on both professional and personal development.
  • We expect our students to not only master the intricacies of the law, but to use their knowledge to actively advocate for social and legal justice in Canada and around the world.
  • Our two themes – Access to Justice and Transnational Legal Issues – permeate all that we do. They are evident in our admission policy, our curriculum, our commitment to experiential learning and our research.
  • The mission of the School of Social Work is to promote social justice through quality professional education, advocacy, community partnerships, and the development and dissemination of knowledge.
  • The School's understanding of social justice and its mandate in social work education finds its roots in them profession’s historical commitment to serve the interests of oppressed and vulnerable populations and a set of fundamental values stated in the profession's Code of Ethics.


  • The School of Social Work at the University of Windsor is a dynamic and progressive leader in social work education.
  • The School’s faculty engage in original, cutting-edge research aimed at advancing scholarly knowledge in a number of critically important social areas including: health, community capacity building, mental health, gerontology, poverty reduction and child welfare.
  • The school‘s location on an international border is geographically unique, creating research and leadership opportunities within a broad North American context.
  • Students interested in a research based doctoral program will find a supportive learning-centred faculty dedicated to research and teaching excellence.
  • The PhD program in Social Work prepares social work degree holders from an accredited program for leadership roles in academia, research, practice, social policy, and administration.

The PhD Program Facilitates:

  • Broad epistemological paradigms that promote critical thinking and inquiry
  • Development of diverse and rigorous research methods to address current practice and policy issues
  • Mastery of a substantive area of social work and effective knowledge translation
  • Opportunities for research collaboration with faculty scholars and community partners
  • Small seminar approach to teaching and learning
  • Supportive and collegial university environment and mentorship
  • Scholarships, graduate assistantships and sessional teaching opportunities
  • Engagement within an internationally and culturally diverse region and community

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Deadline for Winter:

M.S.W for Working Professionals - BSW graduates: September 1

Deadline for Summer:

M.S.W for BSW graduates: November 15

Deadline for Fall:

M.S.W/J.D.: J.D. - November 1, M.S.W. – January 15

M.S.W for non-BSW graduates: January 15

PhD: January 15

M.S.W for Working Professionals - BSW and non-BSW graduates: March 1st.

Minimum TOEFL: IBT-100

Minimum IELTS: 7.0

Minimum Pearson: 68

Minimum CELBAN: Writing 7, Speaking 8, Listening 10, Reading 8

Additional Requirements

MSW programs: Two Referee Assessment Forms, resume and personal statement. Please review the School of Social Work website for additional requirements. GRE or MAT is recommended for graduates of universities outside of Canada and the USA, and for any applicants with a grade point average below the required 73%.

MSW/JD program: Two Referee Assessment Forms, resume and personal statement. Please review the School of Social Work website for additional requirements. GRE or MAT is recommended for graduates of universities outside of Canada and the USA, and for any applicants with a grade point average below the required 73%. More information on the M.S.W./J.D application process.​


Statement of Interest

A curriculum vitae demonstrating experience in Social Work

A sample of professional or academic writing

Three letters of reference

Policy Statement

Research Proposal 

GRE is strongly recommended for students who are graduates of universities outside of Canada

General admission requirements for all Graduate Programs

Scholarships and Funding

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