Social Work

Lakehead University

Master On Campus
24 months
14932 CAD/year
5388 CAD/year
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Lakehead University offers a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree, which emphasizes an advanced generalist practice approach to working with individuals, families, communities, organizations, and political systems in the context of a northern environment. 


The curriculum focuses on the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for professional practice in environments characterized by urban regional centres, rural and remote communities, large geographic distances, low population density, diverse First Nations communities and people, and a mix of formal services.

Lakehead's MSW program emphasizes advanced professional practice, which is normally obtained by completing the project track. All students will be accepted into a project track. Early in their program,AFTER consultation with their faculty supervisors, students who prefer the thesis track may request a change from the Graduate Coordinator.

The Social Work program at Lakehead University structure allows for specialized and highly individualized student learning. Each student selects a field of practice around which to focus his or her course work, field practicum and project or thesis.

MSW: Gerontology Specialization

The Gerontology Program collaborates with five departments including Social Work, to provide students with an innovative, interdisciplinary learning perspective. Students have the opportunity to access multifaceted resources and work together with complementary disciplines.

Research and theory in Gerontology is reviewed, and the thesis or major project taken in the collaborating academic unit will have a gerontological focus.

For additional information on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Gerontology, please visit the Gerontology website.

MSW: Women's Studies Specialization

The Department of Women's Studies at Lakehead University is dedicated to furthering an understanding of the importance of gender as a category of analysis in scholarly inquiry. Through interdisciplinary instruction, students will critically assess the relevance of existing models of knowledge in reflecting women's experience and scholarship.

The aim of the program is to encourage the development and integration of feminist teaching, learning, and research within the university community and the community at large. This Collaborative Master's program allows students to combine advanced disciplinary research with feminist scholarship from the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods for Advanced Generalist Practice
  • Clinical Social Work for Advanced Generalist Practice
  • Diversity and Northern Social Work Practice
  • Supervision for Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Advanced Social Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • All candidates must hold a four-year undergraduate degree in social work with at least a "B" average
  • Masters candidates are required to have completed an acceptable full credit undergraduate course in research methodology and statistics
  • It should be noted that satisfaction of basic admissions requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The School offers a one-year HBSW degree  for those already holding an undergraduate degree in another discipline, which may be used to gain the basic academic qualification for admission to the MSW program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14932 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7466 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5388 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2694 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Social Work
Lakehead University