Ph.D. On Campus

Social Work - McGill, UdeM, UQAM

McGill University

48 months
16750 CAD/year
2726 CAD/year
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The School of Social Work offers a dynamic Ph.D. program in Social Work - McGill, UdeM, UQAM in order to promote the development of scholarship on social issues within Canada and Quebec. Courses are offered in English at McGill University. Parallel streams are offered in French at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal. 


The program in Social Work - McGill, UdeM, UQAM at McGill University aims to:

  • prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research, policy development, implementation and evaluation, practice and program evaluation, and leadership and management of human services;
  • offer students the opportunity to acquire research methodology skills and to apply these to a range of areas relevant to social work; and
  • stimulate original research on important social problems and issues.

The programme

As one of the top Ph.D. programs in Canada, the School of Social Work promotes leading scholarship on social policy and practice. Students work closely with their supervisor, pursuing individualized programs of study, which include coursework, research, and professional development. 

Faculty have expertise in a variety of areas such as aging; social exclusion; child welfare; international social welfare; Indigenous people and communities; violence against women and children; health and disability; poverty and social development; migration; and community organizing. Students normally take two semesters of coursework after which they complete a comprehensive exam. In the second year of the program, students begin their thesis work and take a course designed to facilitate the research process. Research and writing usually takes two to three years to complete.

McGill offers competitive entrance fellowships, access to computers and library resources, and active student networks. There are many opportunities to be involved in faculty research projects and sessional teaching. Students go on to careers in teaching, organizational leadership, and social policy analysis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Thought and Theory Development in Social Work
  • Advanced Integrative Seminar
  • Advanced Seminar: Social Work Intervention
  • Advanced Seminar on Social Policy
  • Advanced Research Methods and Analysis: Quantitative Data

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Ph.D. Prerequisite Form
  • Personal Statement (maximum length one page, single-spaced)
  • Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae Form
  • Ph.D. Research Proposal (maximum length five pages, single-spaced, including references. Do not append detailed CV.)
  • Written Work (upload one sample)
  • Applicants apply directly to the School of Social Work. Applicants applying to the Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree in social work or, exceptionally, a bachelor's degree in social work with a master's degree in a related subject from an accredited program. 
  • All applicants must also have completed, at the university level, coursework in statistics and in research methods within the last five years.
  • Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16750 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8375 CAD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    2726 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 CAD per semester during 48 months.


McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is working to increase the number of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds. Our competitive funding support offers, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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