Social Service Worker (Intensive) - 955

Ontario College Diploma
One year or less
Already have a related degree or diploma? You could be a candidate for this intensive program.

Program Highlights

  • Building on previous academic work, students can complete a Social Service Worker diploma with a field placement experience in 8 months.

What you'll learn

  • Develop awareness of yourself, gain greater insight into who you are and experience personal growth.
  • Discover how Social Service Workers facilitate positive changes in the lives of others.
  • Focus on the relationships that people have with each other and the world around them as a way of supporting others and promoting community and social change.
  • Core values required to be effective and ethical social service workers such as the right to choose, the right to equality, justice and access to service.
  • Helping skills such as interviewing, assessing the needs of others, working effectively with groups and assisting communities to change.
  • Develop the ability to document, work within legal and ethical frameworks and understand the importance of respecting the uniqueness and dignity of all people.
  • Learn about anti-oppressive theory and practice as it relates to advocacy and case management.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

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Tuition and Fees

2017 - 2018 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1
(Summer 2018)
Tuition Fees $1,460.67
Mandatory Ancillary Fees $643.50
Mandatory Program Fees $77.00
Co-op Fees N/A
Total 1st Year Fees $2,181.17

2017 - 2018 International Tuition and Fees


Semester 1

(Summer 2018)

Tuition Fees $7,130.43
International Tax Recovery $375.00
Mandatory Program Fees $77.00
Co-op Fees N/A
Total 1st Year Fees $7,582.43

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information


  • University degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Education) or college diploma related to Human Services (70% guideline) or equivalent. Please note that preferences will be given to related degrees
  • Applicants who have completed postsecondary education in outside fields will be considered if they have the following courses: Communications/English, General Elective, Sociology and Psychology (Abnormal/Developmental)
  • Significant volunteer experience is recommended
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges

Degrees from Countries other than Canada:

"Course-by-course" Foreign Transcript Evaluation for Canadian Equivalency can be done through:

  • ICAS
  • WES
  • CES

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Through supervised field placements selected for you based on your individual learning goals and supported by experienced faculty.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Field Placements

  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements with or outside the Hamilton region 
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a placement while in the program
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies

Become an Agency

If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Social Services & Justice Studies programs, please visit the Community Services Field Placements page.



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Social Service Workers
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Employment Counsellors
  • Community Workers

Where you could work includes:

  • Community Agencies
  • Ontario Works and Ontario Government
  • Recovery Homes, Residential and Community Mental Health Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Youth, Seniors and Women’s Shelters

Opportunities for grads

  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Tracey Richardson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
May 2020

Additional Information