|M.S.W.||One-Year||Coursework and practicum||12 months|
|M.S.W.||Two-Year||Coursework and practica||24 months|
Advanced One-Year Track (MSW)
Foundational Two-Year Track (MSW)
Field Education & CoursesField education is the cornerstone of our clinical social-work curriculum. Clinical knowledge formally integrates a student’s academic studies with supervised practice in a wide range of agencies and organizations, or in the School’s own Interprofessional Health Clinic.
- SOCW 513 — Assessment Skills for Clinical Social Work (core first-year course in Foundational Track)
- SOCW 519 — Integrative Seminar for Field Education (core first-year course Foundational Track)
- SOCW 552 — Community, Place and Policy in Clinical Social Work (core course in Advanced and 2nd year Foundational Tracks)
- SOCW 554 — Mental Health and Mental Illness (core course in Advanced and 2nd year Foundational Track)
Faculty & StudentsThe School of Social Work is a place where you can ask your own questions and get to know your professors and helpful administrative staff, who can direct you to a broad range of volunteer and career opportunities. We are happy to share our excitement about what we study and teach. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review the School of Social Work’s FAQs section, as well as the College of Graduate Studies’ Application & Admission page, before beginning the application process.
Research and teaching interests: international development (with a particular focus on Bedouin-Arab communities in the Middle East), social policy, diversity and social work, spirituality and social work, multicultural social work, and homelessness, employee well-being, and subjective well-being (happiness) in and out of the workplace.
Admission RequirementsAlong with Admission Requirements, listed below, please see the policy on Personal Suitability for the Social Work Profession. The School of Social Work recognizes our responsibility to the social work profession to uphold standards of academic and professional excellence and to operate within the standards and policies of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). The purpose of this policy is to identify behaviours or issues that may result in the need for a review of a student’s personal suitability for the social work field and to provide a set of procedures to be followed when a review is conducted.
Master of Social Work Foundational Two-Year Track
- a minimum grade average of B+ (76%) in the third year or higher levels of their undergraduate degree program;
- a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL, for students whose undergraduate degree was not completed in English — see English Language Proficiency Requirements at the College of Graduate Studies;
- a completed 3-credit course in statistics* — see Approved Statistics Courses
- a completed 3-credit course in research methods* — see Approved Research Methods Courses
- a completed Statement of Purpose — see FAQs
- provide three letters of reference — see FAQs
- Submit a current resumé or curriculum vitae. Preference will be given to applicants who meet the above criteria and have related paid or volunteer social-work experience.
Master of Social Work Advanced One-Year Track
- a minimum grade average of B+ (76%) in the third year and higher levels of their BSW program;
- a minimum score of 600 on the TOEFL, for students whose undergraduate degree was not completed in English — see English Language Proficiency Requirements at the College of Graduate Studies;
- a completed a 3-credit course in statistics* — see Approved Statistics Courses
- post-BSW social work experience — see FAQs
- a completed Statement of Purpose — see FAQs
- submit a current resumé or curriculum vitae.
MORE INFORMATIONVisit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia. * In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Required Grades and Credential Guide
Tuition & Funding
|Year of Program||Domestic (per year)||International (per year)|
Scholarship & Fellowship AwardsThe College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards with many award competitions each year. Rules and regulations regarding these internal scholarships and fellowship are enforced by the College of Graduate Studies as is the administration of payment.
Jody Rud Memorial Award in Social WorkThe family and friends of the late Jody Rud, MSW, have endowed an award for a student in UBC Okanagan’s Master of Social Work program. Consideration is given to students who demonstrate a combination of academic achievement, volunteerism, community involvement, and/or campus leadership. Jody is remembered for his compassionate nature and his dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. The annual deadline for this award is March 1. Students may contact Dr. Dixon Sookraj for more inquiries.
Scholarships CanadaGraduate awards may also be available from foundations, private organizations or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority). Students are expected to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships if they are eligible, and to actively pursue financial opportunities at their discretion. Check Scholarships Canada for more information.
How to Apply
Contact UsThe School of Social Work wants to help you create a strong application to the MSW program. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review the School of Social Work’s FAQs section, as well as the College of Graduate Studies’ Application & Admission page, before beginning the application process. For questions regarding the application process: Please contact the College of Graduate Studies, which administers the entire process and receives all supporting documentation. Once your application is complete, it is forwarded to the School of Social Work. For questions specific to the program: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Criminal Record Checks are to be completed immediately after the applicant accepts an offer of admission.
- Online application and application fee
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
- English language test. Refer to the College of Graduate Studies.
- A Statement of Purpose, which allows our Admissions Committee to assess your fit with the program. See FAQs for more information.
- Three reference forms or letters, preferably academic references. See FAQs for more information.
|Intake (2019)||Application Deadline (2018)|
UBC’s Okanagan CampusThe University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Master of Social Work graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
Residence and Housing
Clubs and Activities
Support and Resources
- Licenced clinical social worker
- Personal counsellor
- Family therapist
- Specialty therapist
- Case manager/Casework consultant
- Child and family social worker
- Substance abuse counselor
- Hospital/medical social worker
- Community development worker
- Youth worker
- Policy analyst
- Social researcher
- Probation officer
- Clinical mental health social worker
- Group home worker
- Crisis intervention counsellor
- Non-profit coordinator
- Volunteer services director
- Community facilitator
- Career guidance counsellor
- Immigration counsellor
- Hospitals and primary health care settings
- Child protection agencies
- Post-secondary education institutions
- Regional health authorities
- Rehabilitation health departments
- International relief agencies
- Governmental departments and organizations
- Community, social, and correctional services
- Non-profit organizations related to advocacy
- Human resources and research organizations
- Nursing and residential-care facilities
- Community outreach programs in mental and physical health
- Court systems
- Immigration services
- Research services