The MSW at UBC can be achieved within one of three fields of practice: Health and social care; Family and Children's Services; Social and International Development. Organized around an ethic of social care and social justice, each stream of practice shares some core courses and electives germane to the student's field of practice. Related practicum experiences build on knowledge and skills cultivated in the classroom. Typically, students complete a practicum in the field of practice addressed in their area of concentration.
Graduates are most often employed in human service organizations and health care, the public service, and non-governmental organizations both in Canada and internationally. They may work in direct practice, policy analysis and development or community development. Students enter the program with social service experience and as a professional program, the MSW builds on that experience and prepares them for career advancement in their field of practice.