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Social Work (MSW)

Course Description

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Social Work and the Master of Social Work provide students with backgrounds in social work, social policy, social development, opportunities for advanced scholarship, and professional growth in the context of research-intensive programs. Students are prepared for university teaching and research (theoretical and applied), including program evaluation. The program can also provide critical components for professional practice in research, policy analysis, and human service management.

Via their program of work, students are expected to acquire a basic grounding in the core theoretical paradigms relevant to their course of study and quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as specialized competencies in the methodological skills necessary for productive scholarship in the substantive area of their chosen research. A research-based dissertation adding to the field's knowledge base is the capstone of this program.

General Information

There are two entry points into the Master of Social Work. Students with a Bachelor of Social Work can apply for entry into the one-year, 30-credit Master of Social Work. Students with a baccalaureate degree other than a Bachelor of Social Work can apply for entry into the two-year, 60-credit Master of Social Work program.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Social Work
- Specialization: Social Work
- Subject: Specialty
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Options
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Visit the Social Work (MSW) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For the one-year M.S.W. applicants require a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree or equivalent and at least 3 credits of coursework in statistics. For the two-year M.S.W. applicants require a baccalaureate degree in social sciences or humanities or closely related professional field. Applicants are required to have completed at least 3 credits of coursework in both statistics and research methodology.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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