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Advanced Social Work Practice

Will I get in? Minimum admission requirements

  1. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited/recognized institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale. Your degree must be awarded prior to the start of the program. We cannot accept a letter of completion as a replacement for degree award. Your final transcript noting your degree must be received by June 30.
  2. The equivalent of two years of full-time paid work or a minimum of 3,000 hours of paid and/or volunteer work in the human services field by the application deadline.
  3. English Language Proficiency.

Offers of admission are valid for the term to which you apply.

Earned your BSW abroad?

If you completed an undergraduate degree in Social Work or equivalent in another country (outside Canada/USA), have your degree assessed by CASW for equivalency, prior to applying to the Graduate Certificate program.

Take your practice to the next level

This certificate builds on your real world experience and previous education by providing you with social work models and change strategies to help you advance just social work practice from micro to macro levels.

Certificates provide graduate education and formal credentials. If you plan on applying to our MSW, you'll need this certificate and another certificate in Clinical Social Work Practice, International and Community Development, or Leadership in the Human Services.

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What will I learn?

This certificate will teach you powerful research strategies to examine structural issues of marginalization and injustice in local, national and global contexts. You'll also explore the political, public policy context where social work and social welfare programs are delivered.

Advanced Social Work Practice: Courses

Social Justice and Theory in Advanced Social Work Practice

Examines concepts of culture, identity, oppression and differentness in relationship to theories of social justice, at all levels of professional practice.

Research and Philosophy in Advanced Social Work Practice

Explores social work research through examination of various approaches (qualitative and quantitative), paradigms, and methods and applies social work research to theories as you develop your professional practice model.

Advanced Practice Theories in Context

Examines theoretical models, philosophical frameworks and ethical foundations of social work practice as a means to facilitate change while locating social work’s development and current practice in historical, economic, political, social and cultural contexts.

Advanced Policy Practice in Context

Explores the influences of public policy on the lives, relationships, and well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities, while examining the relationship between social justice in the policy-making process and the role of social workers in shaping policy.