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Welcome to the School of Social Work

Where the most progressive and socially responsive social work program in Canada is taught. 

You will receive a professional social work education from a dedicated, diverse faculty who draw from a strong contemporary curriculum and their own practical experience. We are highly committed to social justice, working with disenfranchised groups, and producing research that has real impact on our communities. 

What you can expect:

  • Small class sizes and a sense of community that unites our students,
  • Undergraduate and graduate courses that provide rich hands-on learning opportunities, such as community placements, volunteer work and research projects. 
  • Faculty who make themselves available for mentorship and career development. 
  • Graduates equipped for professional practice in a wide variety of social work arenas, from working with individuals and families, to public policy work, research, and scholarship. 

The School offers two undergraduate streams and an innovative graduate program, including a Master of Social Work and a PhD.

We foster intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry through emphasis on critical perspectives in social work. Our Mission Statement elaborates on this approach.

Please read our Land Acknowledgment which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

The Social Work program at York is unlike any other. It causes you to think critically about the world around you, all while teaching the practical skills necessary to make an impact in not only the field, but society as a whole. What I enjoy most is the personalization provided by the faculty. They really target each student's education towards achieving their personal career goals.

— Alicia Pinelli
Alumna, Social Work

Learn more about our alumni

Social Work student Alicia Pinelli