Social Work, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
12 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The accredited master’s program in Social Work from Carleton University prepares students for leadership roles in their communities and in the profession.


Social workers make a difference in peoples’ lives. They are not only concerned with helping individuals but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.

The Social Work program from Carleton University encourages critical thinking and analysis of structural barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential; promote values of respect, dignity and the worth of all people; and assist students in acquiring knowledge, skills and values to work in diverse and cross-cultural environments. 

We offer a one year option for candidates with a Bachelor of Social Work and a two year option for candidates with an honours degree in a discipline other than social work.

Career Opportunities

Ottawa offers a variety of practicum opportunities for our students, some of which lead to full-time careers. Details about practicums are on the social work website. Graduates work as social workers at municipal, provincial, and national service organizations and government departments, as well as internationally

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Social Work: A Critical Perspective
  • Interpersonal Practice in Social Work: Ethics, Knowledge and Skills
  • Policy Context of Social Work
  • Group Work
  • Social Work and Social Justice
  • Social Work Research Foundations
  • Community-Based Participatory Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • One-year Program: for candidates with an accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree or who are in the final year of a BSW program. Applicants normally require at least a B+ average from the final 10 full credits of university courses; 1500 hours of social work-related work experience (paid and/or volunteer). 
  • Two-year Program: for candidates who hold an honours bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent. Applicants require at least a B+ average from the final 10 full credits of university courses; 3500 hours of social work or related work experience (paid and/or volunteer).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
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  • National

    6657 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

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