Master of Social Work - Advanced (MSW)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Social Work
Subject
Specialty
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Social Work
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
School
School of Social Work
 

Overview

The MSW at UBC can be achieved within one of three fields of practice: Health and social care; Family and Children's Services; Social and International Development. Organized around an ethic of social care and social justice, each stream of practice shares some core courses and electives germane to the student's field of practice. Related practicum experiences build on knowledge and skills cultivated in the classroom. Typically, students complete a practicum in the field of practice addressed in their area of concentration.

 

What makes the program unique?

  • Founded in 1928, the School of Social Work is the oldest social work training institution in British Columbia.
  • With a focus on social justice, the School prepares students for advanced social work practice at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels.
  • The School of Social Work has 16.5 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 65 Master's students each year.
  • We are small enough that students and faculty can enjoy regular one-on-one contact.
  • Our Field Education Coordinators provide personalized service to seek practicum placements suited to students' individual learning goals.
  • The School of Social Work's MSW program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.
  • The School of Social Work is home to the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship and the Centre for Research in Personhood in Dementia.
 

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

93
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Criminal Record Check

This program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

Prior degree requirements

For the one-year M.S.W. applicants require a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree.

Career Options

Graduates are most often employed in human service organizations and health care, the public service, and non-governmental organizations both in Canada and internationally. They may work in direct practice, policy analysis and development or community development. Students enter the program with social service experience and as a professional program, the MSW builds on that experience and prepares them for career advancement in their field of practice.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$8,013.83
Tuition per year$4,897.83$24,041.49
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications1099411812381
Offers4954554661
New registrations3940414250
Total enrolment6762728378

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 98.22% based on 169 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 169 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 0.66 years and the maximum time is 5.67 years with an average of 1.46 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Charles, Grant (Psychosocial oncology, intellectual disabilities, family interventions and at risk youth)
  • Kruk, Edward Andrew (child and family policy and practice, family mediation, co-parenting after divorce, addiction)
  • Marshall, Sheila (adolescent social identity, parent-adolescent interactions, adolescent well-being)
  • O'Connor, Deborah (family support to frail or mentally impaired seniors; formal support services, Dementia, the interface between living with dementia, family care, and the use of formal support services)
  • Riano-Alcala, Pilar (Lived experience of violence, Historical Memory and the politics of commemoration and witnessing, Forced migration (internal displacement and refuge), Critical and participatory methodologies, Community organizing, everyday resistance and social repair, Public art)
  • Stainton, Timothy (Developmental Disability, Disability, Social Policy, History of Developmental Disability, Philosophy of Welfare)
  • Wright, Margaret (Child sexual abuse, sentencing, criminal justice programmes, Analysis of judicial decision-making in cases involving child sexual abuse, decision-making about children)
  • Yan, Miu Chung (Issues related to settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, labour market experience of new generation youth from racial minority immigrant families, and community building roles and functions of neighbourhood-level place-based multiservice organizations )
 
 

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