PhD - Social Work

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Since its foundation in 1963, Memorial University's School of Social Work has evolved to become the largest east of Montreal, and its MSW and PhD programmes are taught by an internationally acclaimed faculty. Memorial University's PhD in Social Work programme is the only one in Atlantic Canada. The School promotes social justice via social work education, scientific investigation, knowledge dissemination, and contributions to public policy and practise. These initiatives contribute to meeting the needs and aspirations of the local and global communities with which we engage and interact. The School of Social Work is critical in training graduates for service delivery in Newfoundland and Labrador, throughout Canada, and around the world.

The PhD in Social Work programme offers advanced and specialised social work education that is regionally relevant and accessible. The curriculum emphasises critical thinking and the creation of innovative and noteworthy study. The curriculum emphasises devotion to people and social justice as well as advanced social work practise and study. The programme consists of two six-week Spring semester residencies (which students must attend full-time on the St. John's campus), a fall reading course, and an internship, both of which can be done in students' home areas.

Program structure

  • Pathway (mandatory repeatable non-credit course)
  • Critical Thinking and Reflection
  • Leadership for Social Justice
  • Leadership in Social Policy and Programs
  • Perspectives with Individuals and Families
  • Perspectives with Diverse
  • Perspectives with Groups
  • Research Theory, Design, and Analysis
  • Pathway Scholarship
  • Field Practicum
  • Seminar in Social Planning and Social Development
  • Seminar in Organization Development
  • Seminar in Community Development
  • Seminar in Social Administration: Social Policy Analysis, Development and Administration
  • Seminar in Social Administration: Program Design and Development
  • Seminar in Social Administration: Evaluation of Policies and Programs
  • Supervision in Professional and Clinical Practice
  • Feminist Therapy in Social Work Practice
  • Individual Reading and Research in Special Areas


  • Tuition — 17,988 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Master's degree in Social Work and three years of professional practice

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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