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

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:

Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice:


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 and relevance as well as the student’s fit with our clinical and direct practice 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.

  1. Confirm you have read the Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice.  (A simple one-sentence acknowledgement is sufficient.)
  2. Explain your motivation for entering the field of Social Work.
  3. What social issue (and client population) would you like to learn to professionally address at the clinical graduate level?
  4. Identify and explain your specific focus/topic within your general area of interest.
  5. Explain what makes this specific topic important to social work from a historical, societal, and current perspective.
  6. Describe a specific situation in which your personal beliefs, life circumstances or personal values conflicted with those of: your employer, a client, a customer, or the work group to which you belonged.  Describe the way in which you managed or resolved this dilemma.