Master of Social Work Specializations

Course- and thesis-based options are available for all our specializations

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Clinical Social Work Practice

You'll learn to conduct therapeutic assessments and interventions with individuals, families, and groups in a range of settings. Learn to conceptualize client problems and solutions within a framework that values each client's life context.

Our Clinical MSW specializations are offered differently at each of our Alberta campuses. There are several options from full-time, in-person classes at our Calgary campus; to blended/online with weekend classes at our Edmonton campus, or a mostly online program with two scheduled residencies.  

You'll be required to complete a 500-hour practicum. You must ensure you're available to complete the practicum.

Every year we offer different topics in Clinical Social work Practice. Each location may have different offerings each year. 


International & Community Development

You'll learn skills and knowledge needed to critically examine and engage with development policies and practices. You'll also learn ethical approaches to working with diverse populations in global and local contexts.

This specialization is offered primarily online with 3 - 4 required residencies (4-5 days each) at our Calgary campus. The flexible format allows you to stay home and balance graduate studies with work, life and family demands.

You'll be required to complete a 500-hour practicum, which can be done in Canada or in an international placement during the final year of your program. You must ensure you're available to complete the practicum.

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Leadership in the Human Services

You'll learn current theories and practices in leadership within a variety of organizational contexts. Learn program planning, implementation and evaluation; policy analysis and development; organizational dynamics and change; supervision; community capacity building, social action and advocacy.

This specialization is offered primarily online with 3 - 4 required residencies (4-5 days each) at our Calgary campus. The flexible format allows you to stay home and balance graduate studies with work, life and family demands.

You'll be required to complete a 500-hour practicum during the final year of your program. You must ensure you're available to complete the practicum.