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November 26, 2015
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The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers social work programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The BSW program, located at Laurier’s Brantford campus, offers a generalist BSW with a unique focus on Aboriginal issues. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Wholistic Healing. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies. Since its inception in 1966, the FSW has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction. more

Dates and Scheduling:

2015-2016 Term Dates: (inclusive)
Fall:  Monday, September 14, 2015 - Thursday, December 10, 2015
Winter:  Monday, January 4, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016
Spring:  Monday, April 18, 2016 - Monday, June 20, 2016

ADMISSIONS 2016 Deadline Dates

MSW Advanced Standing (full-time):  December 1 2015

MSW Two year (full-time):  January 15, 2016

MSW Advanced Standing (part-time):  January 15, 2016

PhD Program (full/part-time):  January 15, 2016

MSW Aboriginal Field of Study (full/part-time):  April 1, 2016

**Note:  Applications are not being accepted for the MSW 4 year part-time program during the 2016 application cycle.

Applicants are encouraged to review all information on the FSW ADMISSIONS website: including a brief description of the new MSW curriculum starting Fall 2016 and to the FAQ section of the website.

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Amy Lings, Faculty of Social Work Prior to finding herself in the MSW program at Laurier, Amy Lings spent time as a crisis counsellor and as a teacher in Asia. Her time on the other side of the world gave her the opportunity to realize and develop a passion for the social work profession. Amy’s desire to further her education, without compromising her love of working in an international setting led her to pursue her MSW at Laurier. “The fact that I could get my degree while gaining international experience made Laurier the perfect fit for me” says Amy, whose career goals include working with victims of violence in developing countries. Although Laurier seemed a perfect fit for Amy, the challenges of suffering from an invisible disability caused her anxiety. “I was worried I would be judged or discriminated against, a common occurrence, but I have found the community of social work to be very understanding and accommodating. And with their support I am heading to China for my next practicum!”

Amy Lings
MSW Alumni,
Faculty of Social Work