University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

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Social Work (MSW), Gerontology Field of Specialization (Advanced-Standing)

Program Information
Faculty: School of Graduate Studies
Degree: Master
Field of Study: GerontologySocial Work
Description Social workers provide a wide variety of services and programs, both in the community and in institutions that are aimed at enhancing the quality of life of older people and assisting families to adjust to the aging of their family member. Social workers also play a vital role in the development and implementation of social and economic policies at the provincial and national levels through research on aging, consultation with government, and through social advocacy. All students enrolled in the Social Work in Gerontology field of specialization will automatically be enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.
Website: Social Work (MSW), Gerontology Field of Specialization (Advanced-Standing) at University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies
Cost per year:

Cost per year is for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 93] or Test of Written English (part of TOEFL) [min. 4] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants with an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year of full-time study from a recognized university are admitted to a two-year MSW program. Applicants who hold a BSW degree with mid-B average in the final year of full-time study, or its equivalent from a recognized university, may be eligible for the MSW advanced-standing option. All applicants must have included 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in social science courses, including 0.5 FCE in research methodology. A mid-B is strongly recommended in the research methodology course. Experience (voluntary or paid) in the social services or related field and knowledge of critical social issues are recommended. Suitability for professional practice in social work will also be considered. Initial admission inquiries should be made directly to the Faculty of Social Work. Please note that applicants holding the minimum admission requirements are not guaranteed admission. All admission decisions are final. All MSW students: Agencies that offer practica will likely require a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to commencing the practicum. Failure to pass this check will jeopardize a student's entry to practicum. Cost and time factors are associated with the Vulnerable Sector Verification. A delay in obtaining the results can impact the start time of a student's practicum. In anticipation of this requirement for the practicum, it is strongly recommended that students begin this process early (more details). In the event that a student does not complete two or more required courses, or receives an FZ (inadequate) after repeating any course, normally steps will be taken by the Faculty to recommend the termination of the student's registration.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: November 26, 2017