Laurier’s MSW - Advanced Standing program takes an innovative approach that emphasizes the development of critically reflexive practice skills through the ongoing integration of knowledge, theory and practice. Develop your expertise through a flexible framework that promotes the core values of equity, inclusivity, reflexivity and social justice that form the foundation of a successful career in social work.
Practice what you’ve learned in scenarios and environments that encourage hands-on application, interactions and critical thinking. Below is a sample list of courses you will be required to complete for the online MSW Advanced Standing program.
- SK652: Advanced Social Work Practice With Families (0.5 credit): Build on SK552 and learn about the inclusion of substantive issues in family work
- SK621: Reflexive Practices (0.5 credit): Learn self-awareness and interpersonal skills related to the conscious use of self in social work practice
- SK649: Advanced Field Education (0.5 credit): Develop competence pertinent to social work practice in your chosen area of concentration in a supervised field experience
To enter the online Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing program, you must meet the following requirements and submit the information below:
- Have at least a B average (73%) in your last 5 full credit/10 half credit courses of a four-year accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree
- Academic background must include at least four full (or eight half) social science courses and a half-credit course in qualitative research methodology
- Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
- Complete the personal statement form
- Submit a resume
- Submit three reference letters (one academic; two professional)
- Two years of work and/or voluntary experience in human service organizations is strongly recommended.
For more information about the admissions process, download a curriculum guide.
Learn Advanced Social Work Concepts
The Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited BSW program.
- Improve in your practice and upgrade your knowledge
- Provide guidance and leadership as you advance
- Achieve the advanced degree you have always wanted to complete
The Master of Social Work program is for graduates from a bachelor’s program outside of social work.
Careers and Outcomes
With Laurier’s CASWE-accredited online MSW, Advanced Standing program, your knowledge of the interconnections between social work research, theories and practices opens many career pathways, including supervisory work in case management, private practice or non-governmental organizations. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to utilize your expertise in positions such as:
- A clinical interventionist/mental health and addictions support at a health authority ($78,050)
- A social worker at a home health-care organization ($61,000)
- A behaviour therapist/client and education support at an industrial firm ($54,000)
Leverage the experience of an internationally recognized Faculty of Social Work at a school that’s been CASWE-ACFTS accredited for 43 years!
Field placements are an integral component of the MSW program. Placements provide students the opportunity to develop advanced social work values, knowledge and skills while contributing to their communities.
Students are required to participate in the field planning process by proposing viable placements within their communities in Canada. Students may also propose placements within their workplace to complete a workplace placement. If the proposed placement is not possible, students are required to be flexible in terms of geography and placement settings.
In order to plan for a successful placement and complete the MSW program in a timely manner:
- Students are required to attend placement for a minimum of 16 hours across two days/week, during the agency’s hours of operation, and during the availability of the field instructor.
- Working professionals are expected to negotiate time off with their employer prior to starting the online MSW program.
- The majority of agencies expect students to attend placement during weekdays. Students who are unable to take time off from work to attend placement in a structured manner will likely be unable to secure a placement and therefore delay completion of the MSW program.
- As adult learners, students take the initiative to review and follow all information provided by the field office.
- Before contacting any agency, including workplace placements, students must follow the agency’s procedures for securing placements as indicated on the agency’s website. Some agencies do not respond to student inquiries for placements and facilitate placements directly with the university. For these agencies, students cannot contact the agency to explore placements. It is imperative that students follow the procedures outlined by the agency at all times.
Before applying, please read the field education information and review the field agreement.