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For fall 2024 entry the program will be delivered from Calgary

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-intensive degree to prepare you for a career in research and teaching. Your program includes coursework, candidacy, research and writing and defending a dissertation.

This program is offered on-campus only, full-time. You are assigned a supervisor at admission.

Completing the PhD does not qualify you to register with the ACSW unless you hold a BSW or MSW.

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, calculated on the Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree.

Minimum Education

A Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree from a recognized institution.

Professional experience

A minimum of two years full-time post-master's social services practice experience

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The PhD will be delivered from Calgary for fall 2024 entry