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. Check it out!
Anti-Black Racism Statement
Each of us at Memorial University's School of Social Work is responsible to resist and eradicate unjust policies and practices of anti-Black racism within our institutions and in society. Collectively, our first step begins with a commitment to intentional transformation within our School.
After 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.
Anti-Indigenous Racism Statement
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.
Following collaboration between members of the School of Social Work Equity and Diversity Committee and others, we have committed to the anti-Indigenous racism actions for the School of Social Work found in our Anti-Indigenous Racism Statement.
History of social work in NL video
Check out the video we produced highlighting the history of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador and celebrating the role Memorial’s School of Social Work has played, and continues to play, in fulfilling its special obligation to the province.
Special thanks to our alumni, current students and faculty who helped make this video possible.
Dr. Sulaimon Giwa, interim dean and associate professor, School of Social Work, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (RSC) — one of the nation’s highest scholarly honours.
Dr. Giwa is recognized worldwide for his community-engaged research in forensic social work, race and sexuality, and the effects of structural racism on racialized and LGBTQ people.