Program-Specific Application Information

Program Options

All students admitted to the M.S.W. program will be entered into the Course-based option automatically. After the start of your program, if you wish to complete the Thesis-based option, it will be in your best interests to consult with the School of Social Work at your earliest opportunity at ask.socialwork@ubc.ca.

Professional Program

When you accept admission to the M.S.W. program, you agree to conduct yourself as a student of a graduate level professional program. Thus, you agree to abide by the policies of the School of Social Work and the College of Graduate Studies as well as UBC, and agree to adhere to the professional values and Code of Ethics of the Social Work profession:

School of Social Work policy on personal suitability for the social work profession: https://www.socialwork.ok.ubc.ca/home/our-vision-2/personal-suitability/.

Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice: https://www.casw-acts.ca/en/what-social-work/casw-code-ethics

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Statement of purpose questions are updated each year prior to the application opening on September 1st.

FOUNDATIONAL (September 2022 MSW application)

A Statement of Purpose must be included as part of your application (maximum 1,000 words). The Admissions Committee, in its evaluation of the Statement of Purpose, will rate the essay’s clarity, academic strength, and relevance, as well as the student’s fit with our clinically-focused social work program.

Your Statement of Purpose should be single-spaced and must address the items in the list below. You are encouraged to use question-and-answer format with these statements/questions as headings. Typing out the Statement of Purpose questions will not be included in your maximum word count.

  1. What motivates you to want to enter the profession of Social Work and complete a clinically-oriented MSW program? Please explain why you chose an MSW Program over a degree in a related field, such as counselling, clinical psychology, educational psychology, etc.
  2. What specific client population(s) and related social issues would you like to learn to professionally address at the clinical graduate level? Explain.
  3. Based on academic literature, what makes the above social issue(s) important to social work?
  4. How will the MSW program benefit you, and what do you see as your contribution to the program?
  5. Describe a situation in which you disagreed with the actions taken by a colleague or a supervisor. Describe the way(s) in which you managed or resolved the situation. Looking back on this situation, is there anything you would do differently?
  6. Tell us about a time you had an idea to improve a process at work/school. How did you go about making the improvement and what was the result? Would you do anything differently next time?

ADVANCED (September 2022 MSW application)

A Statement of Purpose must be included as part of your application (maximum 1,000 words). The Admissions Committee, in its evaluation of the Statement of Purpose, will rate the essay’s clarity, academic strength, and relevance, as well as the student’s fit with our clinically-focused social work program.

Your Statement of Purpose should be single-spaced and must address the items in the list below. You are encouraged to use question-and-answer format with these statements/questions as headings. Typing out the Statement of Purpose questions will not be included in your maximum word count.

  1. What motivates you to want to complete a clinically-oriented MSW?
  2. What specific client population(s) and their related social issues would you like to learn to professionally address at the clinical graduate level? Explain.
  3. Based on academic literature, what makes the above social issue(s) important to social work?
  4. How will the MSW program benefit you, and what do you see as your contribution to the program?
  5. Describe a situation in which you disagreed with the actions taken by a colleague or a supervisor. Describe the way(s) in which you managed or resolved the situation. Looking back on this situation, is there anything you would do differently?
  6. Tell us about a time you had an idea to improve a process at work/school. How did you go about making the improvement and what was the result? Would you do anything differently next time?