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Social Work (MSW)

Engage in personal and community change


Working holistically while recognizing and advancing human rights, you will have the opportunity to respond to those in need in order to promote social change and justice.

Build on your knowledge and experience in direct or indirect social work practice and social welfare analysis, reflecting the interests, resources, population, and social conditions of Northern Ontario.

Complete the program with a combination of coursework and a 450-hour placement or a thesis project.

Benefit from an academically challenging environment, small class sizes, and wonderful opportunities to work closely with faculty members and peers.

Key Features

Classes are offered in four intensive day blocks developed for social workers employed in the field that enables practicing social workers to participate in graduate studies
Students can complete the Master of Social Work program full-time over three semesters.
Unique geographic location offers an exceptional experience studying and working in northern Ontario’s multicultural communities.

Career Opportunities

What do Social Workers do?

Work in schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, with children and youth, in addiction treatment, crisis intervention, and violence against women programs, and in the areas of community development, social policy, corrections, disability services, and gerontology.

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector.

Nicole Falldien

I highly recommend the MSW program at Laurentian University! The unique and flexible course schedule not only allowed me to continue to work in the field, but also allowed me to live outside of the Sudbury, Ontario area. I believe that Laurentian’s program structure, involving rich and diverse courses through in-class experiences, provided me an advantage over other programs offered solely online. I was able to network and learn from my peers during critical discussions in a way not possible in online settings. The MSW program at Laurentian has strengthened my overall foundation and prepared me for advanced practice in Northern and rural communities.

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Program Details

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