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.


Passion and Purpose: 2022-2027 Strategic Map

After much internal and external consultation and collaboration, the School of Social Work is excited to announce our new Strategic Plan that will guide us over the next five years. 


Anti-Racism Statements

Each of us at Memorial University’s School of Social Work is responsible to actively and constantly resist and work towards eradicating policies and practices of colonialism and racism within ourselves, within our relationships with each other, and within our institutions and society. Collectively, our first step begins with a commitment to intentional transformation within our School.

Following collaboration between members of the School of Social Work Equity and Diversity Committee and others, we have committed to the anti-Black racism actions for the School of Social Work found in our Anti-Black Racism Statement and the anti-Indigenous racism actions for the School of Social Work found in our Anti-Indigenous Racism Statement.



The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the School of Social Work has released a statement acknowledging May 17, 2024 as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia.

Celebrating the history of social work education and practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Pauline Pauloosie, a student in the BSW Nunavut Cohort, has been awarded a $10,000 Rebekah Uqi Williams Scholarship by the Government of Nunavut. Bravo, Pauline! 


After a long and award-winning career at Memorial University, Kim Kelly, RSW, retired from the School of Social Work in early January, 2024. As we prepared to bid adieu (or so long for now!), Kim sat down for a 20 questions-themed chat.