Master of Social Work

Important Deadlines
Jan. 31 MSW Application
MSW Quicklinks
Completed Theses
Completed Research Practicum Reports
Completed Field Practicum Reports
Professional Ethics

The Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Regina is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

Fundamental to our program is an emphasis on integrative analysis as a means of understanding the manner in which social research, direct social work practice, social policy development, and social administration are interrelated.

Career Options

Graduates with a Master of Social Work often find careers in the following areas, among others:

  • providing clinical practice/advanced direct practice/counseling at accredited counseling and other social service agencies
  • policy and research work
  • consulting services
  • supervision/management
  • the health regions (which have often posted positions requiring a minimum of an MSW)
  • private practice
  • government agencies

Program Description

Candidates for the MSW program must hold a BSW degree. In this program students will develop advanced social work techniques, gain a deeper knowledge of modes of social intervention, and become aware of broader aspects and issues of service delivery, social policy analysis, and social welfare research. Classes are offered face-to-face in both Regina and Saskatoon, and some are also taught through video-conferencing.

Program Admission

The annual admission deadline for the MSW program is January 31st. MSW Application Criteria includes:

  • Attainment of a BSW from a CASWE accredited institution
  • A qualifying graduating average of 70%
  • At least two years demonstrated professional experience in the human service field
  • Two written references, preferably one professional reference and one academic reference

Program Completion Options

Diverse course offerings in the MSW program include research methods (qualitative and quantitative), social policy, direct practice, Indigenous perspectives, and social justice. Students are encouraged to advance their professional knowledge base, particularly in the areas of social policy and social justice. By undertaking a thesis or practicum, students may increase their research or direct social work practice skills through engagement with individuals, families, groups, communities, or organizations.  MSW students are given the option of completing our program requirements with a thesis or practicum (30 credit hours). The thesis requires six courses including two research courses, a Thesis Proposal course, two electives, and a thesis. The practicum option requires six courses, including two research courses, four electives, and a field or research practicum.

The MSW Program is offered through the Faculty of Social Work but it is formally a program of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.  Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website, or contact the MSW Office for further information, including application details.