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Admission Information

The PhD program is designed for social workers who want to assume leadership positions in teaching, research, policy and administration. Upon completion of the program, graduates obtain competence in the following areas:

  • Ability to conduct research using a range of paradigms and methods which span quantitative – qualitative approaches and which inform and advance social work knowledge and performance in areas of direct practice, community intervention and policy development.
  • A broad understanding of the major practice and policy issues in social welfare and the profession of social work.
  • Substantive knowledge of a field of social work (defined by students’ research interests), including questions in that field which need to be addressed empirically.

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.