Social Work

School of Social Work
Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the School of Social Work website. For further details, please visit: http://socialwork.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: UBC School of Social Work)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program addresses issues of power and issues of discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, class and culture. The educational objective of the BSW curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for an initial level of professional practice, focusing on the interface between personal problems and public issues.  The curriculum includes courses on theory, policy research and practice. It is complemented by integrative seminars, electives and two field practica.

The BSW program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) and is recognized across Canada and the United States.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree OR
  • Applicants with a minimum of 60 credits from Arts, Science, or Education courses which are transferable to UBC. Applicants are responsible for checking the transferability of their courses.

All applicants must have the following courses in their background:

  • Completion of both UBC Coursework: SOWK 200 (Introduction to Social Welfare) and UBC’s SOWK 201 (Introduction to Social Work Practice), or equivalents, with a minimum grade of “B” obtained in each course.Please check here (.pdf) for a list of approved courses;
  • At least 6 credits of English(applicants with a previous degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction, are exempt). For applicants with 60 credits of UBC-Vancouver coursework, WRDS 150 is an acceptable substitute for 3 credits of the 6 credit English requirement.
  • At least 18 credits of course work in the social sciences and humanities. Suitable subject areas include, but are not limited to, Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Canadian History, Economics, Family Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies
  • A GPA of at least 2.67 (68%) on the most recent 30 credits completed preceding application, calculated on grades from transcripts received with the application;
  • Proven suitability for a career in social work as demonstrated by a minimum of 100 hours of relevant employment and/or volunteer history; the experience should focus on social service or health related activities and have direct and ongoing contact with vulnerable or disadvantaged members of society.

Please note: All courses must be completed by April 30th of each year.  There will be no exceptions or extensions.

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Apply online: Application for admission to the School of Social Work must be made through UBC Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Submit Transcripts: All new UBC applications must be supported by official final transcripts of the applicant’s academic record at all post-secondary institutions attended, either online or in-person and must be submitted to UBC Enrolment Services.

In addition, ALL applicants must submit the following Supplemental Application Materials for the School of Social Work:

  • Supplemental Application: Complete and print out the following supplemental application forms: (1) BSW Supplement I Employment History, (2) BSW Supplement II Volunteer History and (3) BSW Supplement III – Equity (only if applicable)
  • Up-to-date Resume.
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference: BSW Reference Letters (x 2) should be from managers/supervisors from paid or volunteer social work experience, or course professors. These reference letters will form part of the applicant’s evaluation.
  • Criminal Records Review: If your application is successful, you will need to participate in the Criminal Records Review Program. Details and instructions will be provided to successful applicants.

Note: Many social work organizations require applicants to hold a full driver’s license before offering them employment so students are advised to obtain one as soon as possible, if they do not already have one.

The undergraduate online application for UBC’s Vancouver campus opens in mid-August and closes in mid January. Admissions decisions for most programs are made in April or early May.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the BSW Program’s Admissions page for more information.

The School has a self-identifying equity policy affecting the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, visible minorities, and people with disabilities. A 5% weighting will be awarded to those applicants meeting admission criteria.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Yuki Matsumura
Admissions and Student Services
School of Social Work
The University of British Columbia
The Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
E-mail: sowk.student-services@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 2255

Christine Graham, Program Advisor
School of Social Work
University of British Columbia
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
E-mail: christine.graham@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 4119
www.socialwork.ubc.ca

School of Social Work
Faculty of Arts

Master of Social Work – Advanced (MSW)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the School of Social Work website. For further details, please visit: http://socialwork.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: UBC School of Social Work)

The Advanced Master of Social Work program offers an advanced professional degree focused on social work practice in the fields of child and family welfare, health and social care, and international and social development. The purpose of this MSW program is to prepare our graduates to be competent social work professionals, equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills, a critical analytic lens, and a social justice orientation. The program three fields of practice are: children and family welfare; health and social care; and international and community development.

Applicants to the MSW Advanced program must have a four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree from an institution recognized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Undergraduate social work curriculum should include courses in social policy, social work practice, social work research and a supervised practicum.

Applicants with Canadian and/or U.S. credentials must meet the following minimum academic requirements in order to be considered for the program:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree,
  • Minimum GPA: Applicants must have a minimum B+ average in the 300-level and 400-level courses taken for their degree,
  • Prerequisites in Statistics: Applicants must have at least 3 credits in Statistics. If this requirement is not included in the previous coursework, it must be completed by December 31st. Check here to see approved statistic courses
  • Professional Experience: Applicants have at least 2+ years of years relevant post-BSW professional experience

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Complete the Supporting Documents Package: Students should mail the complete supporting documents package to the Admissions Office. The single package consists of the following documents:
      • MSW Advanced Supplement I – Employment History (please also include your latest resume)
      • MSW Advanced Supplement II – Aboriginal Identification
      • MSW Advanced Supplement III – Learning Plan
      • MSW Advanced Supplement IV – Appendix 1, Course Selection
      • MSW Advanced Supplement V – Statistics Pre-Requisite
    • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
    • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the MSW Advanced Program’s Admissions page for more information.

Up to five places are reserved for aboriginal applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.

For more information about the program, please contact:
Yuki Matsumura
Admissions and Student Services
School of Social Work
The University of British Columbia
The Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
E-mail: sowk.student-services@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 2255

Christine Graham, Program Advisor
School of Social Work
University of British Columbia
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
E-mail: christine.graham@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 4119
www.socialwork.ubc.ca

School of Social Work
Faculty of Arts

Master of Social Work - Foundation (MSW)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the School of Social Work website. For further details, please visit: http://socialwork.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: UBC School of Social Work)

The MSW Foundation program is intended for applicants who already have considerable experience working in the social services sector, and a degree in a field related to social work, and do not hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree. If you do not have both the academic and paid social work experience requirements, you may be successful in our Bachelor of Social Work program.

Applicants with Canadian and/or U.S. credentials must meet the following minimum academic requirements in order to be considered for the program:

  • Bachelors Degree: a four-year degree in a related discipline. Preference is given to applicants with a well-rounded background in the social sciences.
  • Minimum B+ GPA: a minimum B+ (3.33) average in their 300-level and 400-level courses
  • Social Service Experience: Two years of full time (or equivalent – approximately 3,000 hours) social service experience.
  • Three Credits of Social Science Research Methods: Check here (.pdf) to see approved research methods courses.
  • Three credits of Statistics: Check here (.pdf) to see approved statistic courses.
  • At least 18 credits of course work in the Social Sciences or Humanities: Examples of suitable subject areas include Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Family Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
  • UBC SOWK 200 and SOWK 201 (or equivalent).These two are Social Work courses deal with Social Welfare and Social Work Practice. They are offered by a school or department of Social Work. A minimum grade of “B” is required in each course. Please check here (.pdf) for a list of approved social work courses.
  • Criminal Record Check: Please note that this program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Complete the Supporting Documents Package: Students should mail the complete supporting documents package to the Admissions Office. The single package consists of the following documents:
      • MSW Advanced Supplement I – Employment History (please also include your latest resume)
      •  MSW Advanced Supplement II – Aboriginal Identification
      • MSW Advanced Supplement III – Learning Plan
      • MSW Advanced Supplement IV – Appendix 1, Course Selection
      • MSW Advanced Supplement V – Statistics Pre-Requisite
    • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
    • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the MSW Foundation Program’s Admissions page for more information.

Up to five places are reserved for aboriginal applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.

For more information about the program, please contact:

For more information about the program, please contact:
Yuki Matsumura
Admissions and Student Services
School of Social Work
The University of British Columbia
The Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
E-mail: sowk.student-services@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 2255

Christine Graham, Program Advisor
School of Social Work
University of British Columbia
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
E-mail: christine.graham@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 4119
www.socialwork.ubc.ca

School of Social Work
Faculty of Arts

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the School of Social Work website. For further details, please visit: http://socialwork.ubc.ca/

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(Credit: UBC School of Social Work)

The PhD program at the School of Social Work provides opportunities for advanced scholarship, contributing transformative knowledge through research relevant to social work theory, practice, policy, social development and administration. In addition to making an original contribution to social work knowledge, students will be prepared for university teaching and research (theoretical and applied), including program evaluation. The program provides critical components for professional practice in research, policy analysis and human service management.

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Masters Degree: Applicants must hold a hold a Master of Social Work degree or equivalent degree in Social Work
  • Minimum B+ GPA: meet the academic requirements as prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: “overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in master’s degree program”
  • Quantitative and/or Qualitative research methods: have sufficient preparatory academic background to carry out graduate work including two three credit (or equivalent) graduate level courses in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.
  • Professional Experience: have three years of experience as a professional social worker

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Secure the interest of a prospective supervisor: Please enclose a printed email confirming this with your application package. Carefully review faculty members’ profiles and contact them to see if they would be interested in your application.
  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Supplemental application form
  • CV or resume
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Writing Sample: A copy of a publication, report, or other sample of professional writing done by the applicant.
  • Note: The GRE is not required for admission to the School of Social Work.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Social Work PhD Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For more information about the Aboriginal Admissions process, please contact Christine Graham, Program Advisor or sowk.student-services@ubc.ca

For more information about the program, please contact:
Yuki Matsumura
Admissions and Student Services
School of Social Work
The University of British Columbia
The Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
E-mail: sowk.student-services@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 2255

Christine Graham, Program Advisor
School of Social Work
University of British Columbia
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
E-mail: christine.graham@ubc.ca
Tel: 604 822 4119
www.socialwork.ubc.ca

School of Social Work
Faculty of Health and Social Development (Okanagan Campus)

UBC-O Master of Social Work (MSW)

Information accurate as of: May 4th 2016. Retrieved from the UBC-O School of Social Work website. For further details, please visit: https://socialwork.ok.ubc.ca

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(Credit: UBC School of Social Work Okanagan)

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program provides advanced clinical education for professionals. The degree is designed to prepare students for clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups. The program prepares students for leadership roles in clinical and direct practice organizations. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program of study incorporates critical theory into social work assessment and intervention. Students develop a deeper understanding of the integration of individual, relational, structural and global factors that respect diversity, promote resilience, and strengthen capacity.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced One-Year Track requires the completion of 33 credits including one 6-credit practicum; and the Master of Social Work (MSW) Foundational Two-Year Track requires a completion of 60 credits including two 6-credit practica.

Admission Requirements for Master of Social Work- Advanced One-Year Track

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Minimum B+ GPA: a minimum grade average of B+ (76–79%) in the third-year and higher levels of their B.S.W. program;
  • 3 Credits in Statistics: completed a 3-credit course in statistics or equivalent.
  • Post-BSW Social Work Experience

For all admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

Admission Requirements for Master of Social Work Foundational Two-Year Track

Minimum Admission Requirements to the program include:

  • Minimum B+ GPA: a minimum grade average of B+ (76-79%) in the third-year or higher levels of their undergraduate degree program;
  • 3 Credits in Statistics: completed a 3-credit course in statistics or equivalent.
  • 3 Credits in Research Methods: completed a 3-credit course in research methods or equivalent.

For all admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts from all post-secondaryinstitutions attended. (Even if the degree is not completed or if courses were not taken as part of a degree.)
  • Three (3) letters of reference: Three letters of support which are sealed and signed and included in your supplemental package.
  • Statement of Purpose: A two page, single spaced (maximum 1000 words) statement reflecting your general practice area of interest.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Related paid or volunteer social work experience (preferred).

Note: A criminal record check is NOT required at the time of application but once applicants have received an offer of admission, they may proceed with the criminal record check. The School must receive the criminal record check results before the student starts the M.S.W. program.

The College of Graduate Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus provides a list of Application & Admission Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Social Work Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Marilyn Gale, MSW, RSW
Student Education Coordinator, School of Social Work

School of Social Work
Okanagan Campus
ART301 - 1147 Research Road
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.8038
E: marilyn.gale@ubc.ca