Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)



Meet Diane Galbraith, MSW candidate in Social Work

“The MSW program allows me to thrive and be successful by offering excellent practicum placements, small class sizes, comfortable study spaces, and easy access to professors and Western’s world-class library.”

Describe your research in 100 words or less.
I am interested in exploring how the event of miscarriage impacts on couples’ relationships given that it has been found that women and men grieve differently following miscarriage, and that the event of miscarriage has the potential to have long-term relational consequences.

Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
My favourite place is the Student Life Centre, especially on weekends, as well as the second floor of the King’s library.

What is your “dream” career?
Clinical social work practice in some capacity, potentially my own practice, while contributing to research and being involved in community events/trainings.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
There is something useful to be found in everything you are required to learn.

Where is “home” for you?
Home is now London, though previously it has been in a number of different Ontario cities and originally Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about my position on the impact of context in all things. I believe the lack of an understanding of context leads to short-term solutions that continue to add to the larger problem. This occurs at all different levels of government, politics, social issues, family and home issues.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
Graduate school is possible with very small children!

Program Websites


Program Contact

Samantha Pearson (Samantha.Pearson@kings.uwo.ca)
MSW Manager of Academic and Administrative Affairs

School of Social Work

King’s University College
Labatt Hall Rm 211
London, Ontario N6A 2M3

t. 519-433-3491 ext. 4328
f. 519-433-8691

The School of Social Work at King’s University College, affiliated with Western University, offers a Direct Practice Master of Social Work (MSW) program on a full-time basis. The program is course-based with an advanced practicum (450+ hours in each year of the program). Students are admitted to the program each September.

Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and domestic violence.

Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of particular values, knowledge and skills, including the use of relationship as the basis of all interventions, counselling, and respect for the client’s choice and involvement. Our program provides advanced education for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.

Times to Completion

  • 1-Year MSW: 3 terms
  • 2-year MSW: 6 terms

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study only
  • Course-based (non-thesis) with a practicum

Funding Details

Domestic applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Please see the Social Work website for additional sources of funding: http://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/school-of-social-work/master-of-social-work/fees-and-funding/

Admission Requirements

1-year MSW:

  • The completion of a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited social work program;
  • Minimum 70% average in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree, or part-time equivalent;
  • Successful completion of one full-course equivalent in Research Methodology and Statistics; that is, a half course in Research Methodology and a half course in Statistics, or one full course which includes both.
2-year MSW:

  • The completion of a 4-year Honours degree ;
  • Minimum 70% average in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree, or part-time equivalent;
  • Successful completion of one full-course equivalent in Research Methodology and Statistics; that is, a half course in Research Methodology and a half course in Statistics, or one full course which includes both;
  • 1000+ hours of paid or unpaid work experience in the human services is recommended.

Additional Requirements

  • International students and applicants who obtained the Bachelor of Social Work degree from a country other than Canada must provide the School of Social Work with their BSW course outlines in English to determine equivalency. Documents must be forwarded to the MSW Practicum & Program Liaison by the application deadline. These will be reviewed to ensure that your BSW degree is equivalent to the BSW degree in Canada.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15 - Acceptance notification in February

Applications received after the deadline are considered if space is available in the program.