Google Search
UTSC partners with U of T faculty of social work on new pathway to master’s program

Faye Mishna, Dean of U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, meets with UTSC Dean Rick Halpern during the MOU signing ceremony. Under the agreement students in UTSC's Mental Health Studies program can apply to the to the Master of Social Work program in their third year. (Photo by Henry Feather)

A new partnership between UTSC and U of T’s Faculty of Social Work creates a pathway for students in Mental Health Studies interested in pursuing a career in social work.   

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) will enable students enrolled in their third year of UTSC’s Specialist programs in Mental Health Studies the opportunity to apply to the Master of Social Work program at U of T’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW).

“This partnership allows our students to really hit the ground running when they start their undergraduate education,” says Associate Professor George Cree, Chair of UTSC’s Department of Psychology. “A background in Mental Health Studies coupled with an MSW is ideal preparation for a career in social work.”

The MOU will grant students in their fourth year access to research opportunities under the guidance of a FIFSW faculty member and supervised by a UTSC Psychology faculty member, which students can continue in graduate school. It also provides students the opportunity to take the fourth year course, Social Context of Mental Health and Illness, at UTSC and taught by an FIFSW faculty member.

The faculty of social work will benefit by enrolling a cohort of exceptional UTSC students with a relevant background in the social context of mental health and human development, says FIFSW Dean Faye Mishna.

“The two disciplines are a natural fit and the combined program will be of great benefit to students and to social work education,” adds Mishna.

UTSC students enrolled in the Specialist Mental Health Studies program can apply in the Winter semester of 2015, with the first cohort set to start their Master of Social Work in 2016.

© University of Toronto Scarborough