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Social Work (MSW), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1119 (BCR) ,
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 MSW program 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • child welfare
  • mental health
  • juvenile justice
  • employment and income security
  • school social work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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

    14500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5990 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2995 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Thunder Bay

  • 1149 - 1720 CAD/month
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