School of Social Work celebrating 50 years

Social Work at Memorial

As Newfoundland and Labrador’s only provider of social work education, Memorial University’s School of Social Work prepares professionals to make contributions in our province, as well as nationally and internationally.

Our undergraduate degree offerings include two Bachelor of Social Work programs – one as a first degree and one as a second degree.

At the graduate level, our Master of Social Work program is primarily online, with a focus on creative approaches to critical thinking for leadership in diverse social work practice. Both thesis and course route options are available.

Our PhD program is research-based, and focuses on advanced social work practice and social work education, emphasizing commitment to people and social justice, stressing critical thinking and the production of original and significant scholarship.

The core of our mission is to meet the needs of the province and contribute to the body of knowledge of the profession nationally and internationally.

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Join us on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
7-9 p.m.
The Battery, Signal Hill
for the
School of Social Work's
50th Anniversary Celebration!
(See details & buy tickets below.) 

In 2018, the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Professional Social Work Education.

This marks fifty years since the Memorial University Senate received a report recommending the establishment of a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, thus marking the initial steps toward becoming the professional school it is today.

Dr. Frank Turner was recruited as the first director of the then Department of Social Welfare, with a mandate to develop the BSW for Memorial University. The school’s foundations incorporated influences from the U.K., U.S.A. and the rest of Canada, built on social work traditions already established in this province and committed itself to Memorial University’s special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The offerings at the school have since evolved to include a Bachelor of Social Work as a Second Degree, as well as Master of Social Work and Doctoral programs.

Join us in October to celebrate this great milestone and learn about the legacy left behind!

Come see familiar faces, remember days gone by, see old class photos, share some laughter and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.

Cost: General Ticket - $30 per person / Student Ticket - $20 per person
Other Details: Dress attire is business casual | Free parking onsite
Contact: Any questions can be directed to
REGISTER: Click the button below to register and buy tickets!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of professional social work education in the province, Alumni and Friends have started a fund that will support educational endeavours that complement the student’s academic pursuits at Memorial University of Newfoundland's School of Social Work. Please consider giving a gift to support these endeavours. You can do so through the event registration form's donation field or by calling Michelle Smith-Antle, Development Officer with the Office of Development, at 709-864-8791.

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School of Social Work

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000