Master of Social Work – Advanced One-Year Track

Admission Requirements

The M.S.W. program is governed by the policies of the College of Graduate Studies and the School of Social Work. Students applying to the Advanced One-Year Track of the program must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited Canadian social work program (or the international equivalent from a program recognized by the Canadian Association of Social Workers or the Council of Social Work Education). Applicants must have:

  • In 300-level courses and above, a minimum overall grade average equivalent to a UBC B+ (76-79%) or higher;
  • completed an approved course in statistics (see list of approved courses on the School of Social Work website);
  • completed a Statement of Purpose;
  • submitted a resume or curriculum vitae;
  • post-degree social work experience;
  • provided three letters of reference; and
  • immediately upon acceptance of an admission offer, submitted an acceptable criminal record check for relevant and specified offenses as defined under the Criminal Records Review Act of British Columbia (see the School of Social Work website regarding the criminal record check submission process).

If applicable, applicants from a university at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. The Master of Social Work program is a professional program which requires language proficiency test scores that are beyond the College of Graduate Studies’ required minimum overall scores. Acceptable English language proficiency tests, and minimum test scores, for applicants to the Master of Social Work program are:

  • a minimum overall score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with no individual section score lower than 22, beyond the College of Graduate Studies required minimum overall score of 90;
    or
  • a minimum overall score of 7 on the ACADEMIC IELTS with no individual section score lower than 6.5, beyond the College of Graduate Studies required minimum overall score of 6.5;
    or
  • a minimum final score of 90 with a minimum of 3+ in the speaking test on MELAB, beyond the College of Graduate Studies required minimum overall score of 85.

The College of Graduate Studies administers the entire application process and applications are forwarded to the School of Social Work once they are complete. Admission procedures can be found at College of Graduate Studies.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) on the School of Social Work and the College of Graduate Studies websites.

Admission procedures can be found at College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

The M.S.W. Advanced One-Year track requires the completion of 33 credits including one 6-credit practicum.

Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Completion of the full-time program normally requires 12 months of study while completion of the part-time program normally requires a minimum of two years. Eligibility for part-time tuition fee structure is determined by the College of Graduate Studies.

Students choosing the course-based option are required to complete the following 33 credits:
SOCW 551 Advanced Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice (3 credits)
SOCW 552 Community, Place, and Policy in Clinical Practice (3 credits)
SOCW 553 Research Methods and Evidence in Clinical Social Work (3 credits)
SOCW 554 Mental Health and Mental Illness (3 credits)
SOCW 559 Social Work Field Education II (6 credits)
SOCW 598 Graduating Paper (3 credits) and 4 approved electives (12 credits), or 5 approved electives (15 credits)

Students choosing the thesis option are required to complete the following 33 credits:
SOCW 553, Research Methods and Evidence in Clinical Social Work (3 credits);
One course chosen from SOCW 551, SOCW 552, or SOCW 554 (3 credits);
3 approved electives (9 credits);
One additional approved graduate-level research methods course chosen from SOCW 507 or HINT 504 (3 credits);
SOCW 559, Social Work Field Education II (6 credits);
SOCW 599, Thesis (9 credits)

Approved Electives

Note: Additional electives are possible with the approval of the Director of the School of Social Work.

Social Work Electives
SOCW 520 Advanced Family Practice (3 credits)
SOCW 521 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups (3 credits)
SOCW 522 Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
SOCW 523 Advanced Clinical Practice With Children, Adolescents, & Families (3 credits)
SOCW 531 Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Clinical Practice (3 credits)
SOCW 540 Selected Topics in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
SOCW 541 Directed Studies in Social Work (3 credits)

Health - Interprofessional Electives
The Faculty of Health and Social Development provides courses that encourage effective interprofessional collaboration and understanding among students of health and human service programs, and between the external community and the University.
HINT 503 Psychosocial Oncology (3 credits)
HINT 506 Participatory Inquiry through Action Research (3 credits)
HINT 511 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Research (3 credits)
HINT 512 Special Topics in Interprofessional Practice (3 credits)
HINT 521 Interprofessional Collaboration (3 credits)
HINT 522 Leadership in Human Service Organizations (3 credits)
HINT 523 Professional Ethics (3 credits)
HINT 524 Interprofessional Practice Issues in Healthy Aging (3 credits)
HINT 525 Disabilities Studies and Interprofessional Health Care (3 credits)
HINT 526 Global Health (3 credits)

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