Degree Requirements

For those with a BSW:

  • course-based option of 30 credit hours of Social Work courses and field placement


    OR


  • thesis option of 24 credit hours of Social Work courses and field placement and a 6-credit hour thesis

For those without a BSW:

  • Year 1: mandatory foundation year consisting of 24 credit hours of Social Work courses and field placement

    AND

  • Year 2: course-based option of 30 credit hours of Social Work courses and field placement 


    OR


  • Year 2: thesis option of 24 credit hours of Social Work courses and field placement and a 6-credit hour thesis

Distance students complete the MSW program on a part-time basis, normally over a two or three-year period.
Campus students (those with a BSW) can complete the MSW on either a full-time or part-time basis.
For those without a BSW, the MSW must be completed on campus and on a full-time basis.

For more information, refer to the Dalhousie Graduate Calendar (academiccalendar.dal.ca)