What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program develops skills for research and teaching. A full range of opportunities for study are available, and research concerning Aboriginal people and women is particularly encouraged.

The Faculty of Social Work at The University of Manitoba is one of the largest social work programs in Canada. Several faculty members are recognized leaders in their particular fields of teaching and research, and all faculty aim to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to make a valuable contribution to their workplaces and to the larger society.

As a social work program, high value is placed on critical thinking, social justice, and respect for both individuals and diverse cultures. The reputation of graduates as well-prepared social workers has created a demand for them by employers across Canada and beyond.

The Ph.D. option consists of coursework and a substantial research component.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Work

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$2,670.38 (US$ 2,158) per year
Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years.
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Manitoba

Fort Garry Campus,

400 UMSU University Centre,


Manitoba (MB),

R3T 2N2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements accepted: TOEFL paper based score of 550; Achieve minimum scores of 4.5 in Reading, 4.5 in Listening, and 4.0 in Writing on the CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees); Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 based upon the Academic Module on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System); Achieve a minimum score of 80 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) offered by the University of Michigan; Achieve a minimum grade of C in the University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.Achieve a score of 60 or more in the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment); Achieve a minimum of 58% in the Pearson Test of English.Achieve a minimum of 65% in Level 5 of the direct entry English program (also known as Intensive Academic English Program orIAEP), as taught by the English Language Centre of the University of Manitoba.

For international students

Applicants require a Master of Social Work degree, or equivalent, from an accredited degree-granting university.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL - Achieve a minimum Internet-based -iBT (86; minimum score of 20 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking categories)
  • IELTS - Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 in the Academic Module
  • PTE Academic - minimum 61 overall

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.