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Master of Social Work

Msw program.

School of Social Work Okanagan Campus 250.807.8738 [email protected]

Graduate Degree

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program  provides students with a wide knowledge base and advanced clinical skills for effective social work practice with individuals, families and communities. Our students graduate ready for professional leadership roles in clinical and direct-practice organizations.

We offer two program tracks: Advanced and Foundational.

The Advanced One-Year track is a full-time program of study requiring continuous enrolment. Students applying to the Advanced One-Year Track of the program must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree, from an institution accredited by the Canadian Associate for Social Work Education (CASWE) or the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)  and wish to gain Masters designation while advancing their theoretical understanding and practice skills with individuals, families and groups.

The Advanced One-Year track requires the completion of 30 credits including one 6-credit practicum. See  Admission Requirements  for details. We do not admit students for part-time studies.

The Foundational Two-Year track is a full-time program of study requiring continuous enrolment. It is designed for those who hold a degree outside of social work and wish to develop a Master of Social Work designation while gaining theoretical understanding and practice skills with individuals, families and groups.

Students applying to the MSW Foundational Two-Year track will hold a bachelor’s degree with preference given to social science and behavioural science courses. The Two-Year track requires a completion of 60 credits including two 6-credit practica. See  Admission Requirements  for details. We do not admit students for part-time studies.

The MSW program incorporates critical theory into social work assessment and intervention. Students develop a deeper understanding of the integration of individual, relational, structural and global factors that promote resilience and strengthen capacity. We believe that to be effective social work practitioners, we have to understand the dynamic interaction between the biological, psychological, and social domains.

The MSW at UBC Okanagan is accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE). Our eight-year accreditation is effective from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2028.

Join our next virtual MSW Info Session: Why the MSW Program on Tuesday, November 28 at 12 pm PST:

Why the MSW Program?

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MEET our faculty

Our faculty are passionate about teaching and the field of social work. Meet some of our faculty in the videos here and read more about them on our contact page .

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Dr. Rachelle Hole

Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner

Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner

Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Clare Kennedy

Dr. Mary Clare Kennedy

Our focus is on a clinical social work  program of study. The MSW curriculum consists of core courses, field education, and electives. In fact, field education is the cornerstone of our program.

Field education provides students with supervised opportunities to apply their course knowledge in a practice setting.  We have strong and collaborative relationships with a wide range of agencies and organizations.

Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study.

We have multiple field education streams that drive our course sequencing including a distance practicum option.  Visit our Field Education webpage to learn more about the available practicum streams.

For further information on Field Education please contact the Field Education Office at  [email protected]

The MSW curriculum gives students the opportunity to complement a common foundational knowledge with courses of personal interest.

What Will I Learn

Students in our MSW program gain a wide knowledge-base of social work theories and their application to social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. They learn to conduct clinical interviews and assessments, to use evidence to guide their practice, and to build meaningful therapeutic relationships with social work clients.

Sample Courses

  • SOCW 513 — Assessment Skills for Clinical Social Work (core first-year course in Foundational Track)
  • SOCW 518 — Integrative Seminar for Field Education (core first-year course Foundational Track)
  • SOCW 554 — Mental Health and Mental Illness (core course in Advanced and 2nd year Foundational Tracks)

Browse all  Social Work (SOCW)  courses and descriptions.

Admission Requirements

The School of Social Work recognizes our responsibility to the social work profession to uphold standards of academic and professional excellence and to operate within the standards and policies of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

Applicants in this program are expected to have:

  • a minimum grade average of B+ (76-79%) or higher in 300-level courses or above in the B.S.W. program;
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Master of Social Work are published in the Academic Calendar – MSW Admission Requirements . The MSW program is a professional program which requires language proficiency test scores that are beyond the College of Graduate Studies’ required minimum overall scores.
  • provide three letters of reference — see  FAQs
  • a completed 3-credit course in statistics* — see  Approved Statistics Courses
  • a completed  Statement of Purpose  — see FAQs
  • a current resumé or curriculum vitae.

* Courses required for admission DO NOT need to be completed before applying to the MSW program. However, if conditionally accepted for admission, the student must submit an official transcript for the course(s) to the College of Graduate Studies by their deadline, which is normally at least two months prior to the start of the MSW program.

  • a minimum grade average of B+ (76-79%) or higher in 300-level courses in their undergraduate degree program;
  • a completed 3-credit course in research methods* — see  Approved Research Methods Courses
  • a completed  Statement of Purpose  — see  FAQs
  • a current resumé or curriculum vitae. Preference will be given to applicants who meet the above criteria and have related paid or volunteer social-work experience.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the  Required Grades and Credential Guide —a guide to assist students with non-Canadian academic degrees in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

A co-op work permit is required for the practicum portion of the social work program.  Students will be provided details about this process upon acceptance to the program.

An international student advisor can answer questions about permits, immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Visit the  International Programs and Services website  to meet the team.

Visit our FAQ’s for additional tips for submitting your application and our MSW program.

Tuition & Funding

Tuition fee instalments are applied to the student’s financial account in three equal instalments in Winter Term 1 (September), Winter term 2 (January), and Summer Terms 1-2 (May) of each year. For further details refer to the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar for full admission and program requirements information. Please note, the MSW Program is a specialized program for tuition fees.

Annual Student Accident Insurance

In August of every year, admitted and continuing students must purchase UBC student accident insurance for the upcoming academic year.  The student accident insurance coverage is required for many field education practicums.  Failure to comply with the School of Social Work’s Student Accident Insurance policy may result in involuntary withdrawal from the program. Students will not be assigned to a field practicum without this insurance. The current cost of this is $7 CAD/annually (subject to increase).

Information and instructions for purchasing UBC student accident insurance, include the deadline to complete this task, are announced on the MSW Program Homepage on Canvas in early August. The payment form will be updated annually in August.

Funding Opportunities

Explore these scholarship and award opportunities for social work students.

The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based  graduate awards  with many award competitions each year. Rules and regulations regarding these internal scholarships and fellowship are enforced by the College of Graduate Studies as is the administration of payment.

*We are a professional graduate program that is course-based, not thesis-based.  Most scholarship opportunities are not available to MSW students; only a student that is pursuing the MSW Thesis-Option may qualify for a merit-based opportunities.  Those MSW students seeking funding  may wish to search if external opportunities for an award (donor/sponsored funds) or bursary (financial needs-based) exist within their place of employment, community or through private companies.

The family and friends of the late Jody Rud, MSW, have endowed an award for a student in UBC Okanagan’s Master of Social Work program. Consideration is given to students who demonstrate a combination of academic achievement, volunteerism, community involvement, and/or campus leadership. Jody is remembered for his compassionate nature and his dedication to making a difference in the lives of others.

The annual deadline for this award at the end of Winter Term 2 – a notification will be sent out to MSW students from the program. Students may contact The School of Social Work or [email protected]   for more information.

The Matthew Yip Memorial Award for Outstanding Field Training in Social Work A $2,200 award has been endowed by family, friends, and colleagues in memory of Matthew Yip, BASc ‘15.

The award is offered to an outstanding graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program in the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Health and Social Development at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus  whose combination of academic achievements and excellence in a field placement focused on mental health cases. Preference is given to students whose specialty is focused on depression, anxiety, and suicide cases for groups and individuals.

Graduate awards may also be available from foundations, private organizations or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority). Students are expected to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships if they are eligible, and to actively pursue financial opportunities at their discretion. Check  Scholarships Canada  for more information.

How To Apply

The School of Social Work wants to help you create a strong application to the MSW program.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review the School of Social Work’s  FAQs  section, as well as the College of Graduate Studies’  Prospective Students  page, before beginning the application process.

Note: Criminal Record Checks  are to be completed immediately after the applicant accepts an offer of admission.

A strong undergraduate grade performance is included in the application review process.

A complete application package must include:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended are required for the application package. However, if admitted, the student must submit official transcripts to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • English language test. Refer to the  College of Graduate Studies .
  • Statement of Purpose, which allows our Admissions Committee to assess your fit with the program. See the Program-Specific Application Information for the questions.
  • Three reference forms or letters. See  FAQs  for more information.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae

The MSW application opens one year before the intake year on September 1st.  Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application at least two months in advance of the published deadlines as we do not accept late applications to the MSW program. Only completed application packages are forwarded to the School of Social Work for admissions decisions.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all required documents, including letters of reference, are submitted well before deadline. It is also the student’s responsibility to frequently check the status of their online application.*

* If you submitted an online application, please login to the online application system through which you applied to check your application status. Please note, you may check your application status at any time by logging in to your online application account and viewing your application checklist. Please allow up to 10 business days after the receipt of documents for verification and processing by the College of Graduate Studies. Documents that do not follow our requirements may require additional processing time.

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Learn more about  graduate student resources  and support.

Few occupations can match social work, which offers countless interesting workplaces and a wide variety of occupations. Social workers are educators, therapists, leaders, managers, and researchers. Opportunities with an MSW degree from UBC Okanagan campus range from but are not limited to private enterprise, health care and government. Graduates often enter jobs in mental health, substance-abuse rehabilitation, child and adult protective services, hospitals and clinics, programs for the aging, and community service organizations.


  • Career guidance counsellor
  • Case manager/Casework consultant
  • Child and family social worker
  • Clinical mental health social worker
  • Community development worker
  • Community facilitator
  • Crisis intervention counsellor
  • Family therapist
  • Group home worker
  • Hospital/medical social worker
  • Immigration counsellor
  • Licenced clinical social worker
  • Non-profit coordinator
  • Personal counsellor
  • Policy analyst
  • Probation officer
  • Social researcher
  • Specialty therapist
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Volunteer services director
  • Youth worker

Potential Employers

  • Child protection agencies
  • Community outreach programs in mental and physical health
  • Community, social, and correctional services
  • Court systems
  • Governmental departments and organizations
  • Hospitals and primary health care settings
  • Human resources and research organizations
  • Immigration services
  • International relief agencies
  • Non-profit organizations related to advocacy
  • Nursing and residential-care facilities
  • Post-secondary education institutions
  • Regional health authorities
  • Rehabilitation health departments
  • Research services

Students are encouraged to explore opportunities and resources for networking, job postings, professional development and guidance. The following Canadian Social Work organizations offer support for the profession and for advancing social justice:

  • BC College of Social Workers
  • British Columbia Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • International Federation of Social Workers

Career Services

Prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre . Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals.

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Master of Social Work - Advanced (MSW)

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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.

For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website

What makes the program unique?

  • Founded in 1928, the School of Social Work is the oldest social work training institution in British Columbia.
  • With a focus on social justice, the School prepares students for advanced social work practice at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels.
  • The School of Social Work has 16.5 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 65 Master's students each year.
  • We are small enough that students and faculty can enjoy regular one-on-one contact.
  • Our Field Education Coordinators provide personalized service to seek practicum placements suited to students' individual learning goals.
  • The School of Social Work's MSW program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.
  • The School of Social Work is home to the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship and the Centre for Research in Personhood in Dementia.

Quick Facts

Program enquiries, admission information & requirements, 1) check eligibility, minimum academic requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

  • Canada or the United States
  • International countries other than the United States

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement : 93

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement : 6.5

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree, course and other requirements

Prior degree requirements.

Applicants require a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree.

2) Meet Deadlines

3) prepare application, transcripts.

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their thesis supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding thesis supervisor contact for Master of Social Work - Advanced (MSW)

Criminal record check, citizenship verification.

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Tuition & Financial Support

Financial support.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their supervision. The duties constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is considered a form of fellowship for a period of graduate study and is therefore not covered by a collective agreement. Stipends vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union .

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)

Academic Assistantships are employment opportunities to perform work that is relevant to the university or to an individual faculty member, but not to support the student’s graduate research and thesis. Wages are considered regular earnings and when paid monthly, include vacation pay.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

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.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Master of Social Work - Advanced (MSW). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.


Completion rates & times.

  • Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Baines, Donna (Social work; Age-Friendly Cities; decent work and good care for older people in residential and home care; impact of neoliberalism on Indigenous social work education; impact of neoliberalism on non-Indigenous social work education)
  • Bratiotis, Christiana (Social work; interventions in the context of hoarding; organizational processes involved in hoarding task forces; service utilization)
  • Caragata, Lea (Social oppression and marginalization; Counselling, welfare and community services; Social policy; welfare systems; Poverty; labour markets; lone mothers; social policy; youth provisioning)
  • Charles, Grant (Psychosocial oncology, intellectual disabilities, family interventions and at risk youth)
  • Ibrahim, Mohamed (mental health; addiction among new immigrants and refugees; global mental health)
  • Kia, Hannah (LGBTQ2S+ health; LGBTQ2S+ aging; social work and other professional practice with sexual and gender minorities; effective social work practice with trans and gender diverse people; poverty, sexual and mental health issues among diverse LGBTQ2S+ populations)
  • Lee, Barbara
  • Montgomery, H. Monty
  • O'Connor, Deborah (family support to frail or mentally impaired seniors; formal support services, Dementia, the interface between living with dementia, family care, and the use of formal support services)
  • Stainton, Timothy (Developmental Disability, Disability, Social Policy, History of Developmental Disability, Philosophy of Welfare)
  • Wilson, Tina (Social work; social work and environment; history and philosophy of social work; critical social theories; generational standpoints; Social justice; social work rhetoric)
  • Yan, Miu Chung (Issues related to settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, labour market experience of new generation youth from racial minority immigrant families, and community building roles and functions of neighbourhood-level place-based multiservice organizations )

Related Programs

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)

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Enhance Your Social Work Career Opportunities

Add a graduate credential to your professional portfolio to open new doors of practice and influence.

UFV's two-year Advanced Master of Social Work (MSW) equips you with the practice knowledge and skills you need to move into a leadership role. The Advanced MSW program involves five-semesters, 30 credits, and a required 450-hour practicum. It is offered every two years in even years.

If you do not have a Bachelor of Social Work, apply to UFV's Foundational Master of Social Work. This three-year program consists of 33 credits of undergraduate social work courses delivered over three-semesters, plus a 450-hour practicum. You then ladder into the two-year Advanced MSW program. The Foundational MSW is offered every two years in odd years.

The program’s core courses and electives enable you to develop a broad professional competency base. Core courses provide a comprehensive perspective on supervision and leadership, the integration of anti-oppressive and cross-cultural practice, social policy, and advance assessment techniques.

Grounded in a respect for Aboriginal self-determination and a commitment to partner with local First Nations communities, the program encourages you to integrate anti-oppressive and social justice principles into your practice.

All throughout, you draw on the expertise of experienced, diverse, and accomplished faculty members. As a capstone to your learning, you select one elective course in Health, Children and Families, or Mental Health, and complete a major paper or project in your area of research interest.

Upon graduation, you meet the requirements to apply to register with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW).

Career Outlook for Master of Social Work

The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

When registered, social workers who have completed a master's degree find increased opportunities to move into leadership roles in the field. They may work as administrators, teachers, case managers, or program developers in human services. They may also conduct research or work in the area of policy development for social or government agencies.

In fact, many graduates of the Master of Social Work program have done exactly that, and now work in leadership positions, private practice, or teaching positions in the local and surrounding communities.

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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The School of Social Work is accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE) . Our graduate programs (MSWF, MSWA, MSWI) nurture accountable and critically engaged social work education, research and practice in the advancement of decolonization, anti-racism, Indigenous resurgence, feminism, 2SLGBTQ+ liberation struggles, disability justice and other social justice struggles.

We offer three distinct Master of Social Work programs:

The MSW Advanced program  is available to applicants who currently hold a BSW degree from an accredited Canadian program, or equivalent.

The Master of Social Work Indigenous Specialization , for social workers working in Indigenous social work settings, is available to applicants who currently hold a BSW degree from an accredited Canadian program, or equivalent.

The MSW Foundation program  includes a qualifying foundation year of studies followed by entry into the MSW Advanced program or MSW Indigenous Specialization (with permission).

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Social Work education at the University of Northern British Columbia is committed to a program of studies that is informed by a central concern for human rights, personal empowerment, community change and social justice.

It has as its foundation an analysis of power in relation to class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and abilities. Incorporating critical social thinking including structural, feminist and anti-racist analyses, the School focuses on social work in northern and remote areas, social work with Indigenous peoples and , women and human services and community practice and research. It continues to develop in collaboration with regional, national and global communities.

The School of Social Work seeks to provide its graduates with intellectual, practical and professional skills and knowledge rooted in progressive values that promote beneficial change. By acknowledging the holistic, interdisciplinary and activist nature of social work and its commitment to social justice, the curriculum and governance of social work education at UNBC will strive to provide a self-reflective balance between:

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  • research, teaching and community service; 
  • critical self-awareness and respect for the ideas of others.

The School of Social Work will seek to ensure a safe and stimulating educational environment for students, faculty, and staff.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work program at UBC Vancouver provides opportunities for advanced scholarship, contributing transformative knowledge through research relevant to social work theory, practice, policy, social development, and administration.

The PhD program is for students with a background in social work, giving them an opportunity for advanced scholarship and professional growth in the context of a research-intensive program.

The program provides critical components for professional practice in research, policy analysis, and human service management.

In addition to making an original contribution to social work knowledge, you will be prepared for university teaching and research (theoretical and applied), including program evaluation.

A research-based dissertation adding to the field’s knowledge base is the capstone of this program.

  • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research using a range of paradigms and methods which inform and advance knowledge and its application in the areas of social work
  • Leading-edge substantive knowledge of an area of social work (defined by your research interests), including questions in the area that need to be addressed empirically
  • Comprehensive understanding of professional, educational and policy issues in social work, with an ability to explicate the implications of research for the social good

Degree Requirements

The PhD program should be completed within a period of six years. It is possible to request a one-year extension to this time limit, but such extensions are not automatic.

Achieving Candidacy

All students are expected to be admitted to candidacy within two years of initial registration and must complete within three years. Exceptions to this can only be granted by the Dean of UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

To achieve candidacy, students must:

  • Complete all required courses
  • Pass their comprehensive examinations
  • Have their thesis proposal approved

Course Work Requirements

Students in the program will be required to take at least 18 credits of coursework.

  • SOWK 601 Advanced Doctoral Seminar (runs alternate weeks across both terms) (3 credits)
  • SOWK 621 Social Theory, Ideology & Ethics (3 credits)
  • Elective to be determined in consultation with supervisor (3 credits)
  • SOWK 654 Advanced Qualitative Inquiry (3 credits)
  • XXX Methods course to be determined in consultation with supervisor (3 credits)

Year 2 (6 credits minimum)

  • SOWK 623 Advanced Data Analysis in Social Work (3 credits)
  • XXX Theory course in relation to substantive area of study (sometimes a directed study) (3 credits)
  • Preparation for comprehensive exams and thesis proposal

Academic Progress

A minimum of 68% (B-) must be achieved in all coursework taken for credit. Where a grade of less than 68% (B-) is obtained in a course and on the recommendation of the PhD Program Chair and the approval of the Dean of UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the student may repeat the course for higher standing or take an alternate course.

If the PhD Program Chair does not make such a recommendation, or if the recommendation is not approved by the Dean of UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the student will be required to withdraw.

A student who obtains a grade of less than 68% in more than one course can be required to withdraw.

If progress in research is unsatisfactory, a student will be required to withdraw.

The student will be informed of unsatisfactory academic progress in writing before any action regarding withdrawal is taken. In a course that is repeated, both marks will appear on the transcript.

Comprehensive Examinations

The comprehensive examination will take the form of two papers of not more than 7,000 words each.

One paper will focus on theoretical concepts relevant to the student’s proposed field of research, and the second paper will address a substantive topic related to the student’s research, for example, a critical literature review.

The student‘s supervisory committee will determine the specific subjects of each paper.

The student will have 28 days to complete each paper and submit it to their supervisor from the time of receiving the topic.

Both papers will be completed within 82 days at a time agreed upon by the student and their supervisor.

Where the supervisory committee feels it appropriate, students have the option of combining the two papers into a single submission which covers the areas noted above.

In this case, the student would have 56 days to complete with a further 28-day revision period if required.

Comprehensive papers are normally completed within the first two years of the program.

Within 28 days of the final paper submission, the student will undertake an oral defense of the papers to be organized by their research supervisor.

The comprehensive examination is conducted by members of the Supervisory Committee, plus one member who is external to the School and who preferably is a member of UBC's Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The extra member will meet similar eligibility for the Supervisory Committee as laid out in Graduate Studies’ policy.

If either paper is unsuccessful, the student will have a further 28 days to resubmit and defend the paper. Only one resubmission is allowed per paper.

Success of the papers will be determined based on the expectations set out by the committee when assigning the paper.

In general, papers will be expected to show a solid and comprehensive understanding of the relevant literature and an ability to critically analyze the literature presented. Normal scholarly expectations regarding style, presentation and grammatical correctness will also apply.

Upon completion of the defense the supervisor should inform the PhD Chair of the outcome on a Pass/Fail basis. Students who do not satisfactorily defend their comprehensive paper upon the second attempt will be required to withdraw from the program.

Thesis Proposal Evaluation

An examining panel will determine whether the proposal:

Proposal is:

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  • is feasible
  • provides the basis for a dissertation which is original and scholarly

Requires deferral for revision

  • generally acceptable but requires refinement in one or more of the above areas in order to be approved

Is to be rejected

Proposal is rejected due to one or more of the following:

  • does not demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the relevant literature
  • is methodologically unsound
  • is not feasible
  • does not provide the basis for a dissertation which is original and scholarly

In all cases the student will be provided with oral and written feedback from their research supervisor identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal, any advice the panel may have, and what is required of the student to successfully complete the proposal phase.

In the case of a rejected proposal a substantially revised proposal must be submitted addressing the areas indicated by the panel.

In the case of a deferred proposal, the panel will determine if a further examination is required or if the supervisor can approve the required changes alone. If rejected, a full defense of the new proposal will be required.

Students will be permitted two attempts to successfully defend their proposal. Students who fail to successfully complete the proposal defense within the required timeframe will be required to withdraw from the program. In exceptional circumstances, the Chair of the program can approve a third defense upon advice of the supervisory committee.

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The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Program at Lehman College prepares social workers to assume positions of leadership in urban public and voluntary sector social service agencies and organizations. All students in the program complete an Advanced Generalist curriculum and gain the knowledge, values and skills of the competencies of the social work profession required for Advanced Generalist Practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations, as well as for supervision, administration, research, and policy practice.

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Candidates must:.

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, including 45 liberal arts credits;
  • Have attained a minimum undergraduate grade average of 3.0;
  • Submit an   application   to the program, including a personal statement related to the student's career goals and preparation for this program and three letters of recommendation addressing applicant's suitability for the social work profession and preparedness to enter a rigorous academic program, at least two of which should be from college faculty or professionals in fields related tosocial work;
  • Interview with a member of the graduate faculty may be required.

Admission Requirements for Applicants to Track C, Advanced Standing Program

In addition to the above, candidates must:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree with a social work major from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education;
  • Have attained a minimum 3.2 cumulative index in the major;
  • Include, among the three references, one reference from the advisor in the baccalaureate social work program, or from the program director.

Applicants for Advanced Standing must provide course descriptions for courses in the undergraduate social work major; the graduate advisor will determine exemption from courses in the year one curriculum.

Selection Process

The Admissions Committee, consisting of the social work graduate advisor, program director, and at least two full-time faculty members, will review completed applications. Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Academic history;
  • Quality of personal statement, including degree of self-awareness, conceptual ability, understanding of the social work profession, and ability to communicate in writing;
  • References.

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Cumulative grade point average.

In order to be awarded a master's degree, a graduate student must finish his/her program with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B) or better.

Academic Probation

Graduate students whose GPA falls between 2.7 and 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must raise their GPA to 3.0 within the next semester in order to continue in the M.S.W. program. Graduate students whose GPA remains below 3.0 at the end of the probationary semester will be allowed to continue in the M.S.W. program only upon successful appeal to the Graduate Studies Committee.


Graduate students whose GPA falls below 2.7 will not be eligible for probation and will not be permitted to continue in the M.S.W. program. These students may only continue in the M.S.W. program upon successful appeal to the Graduate Studies Committee. Students who receive less than a C in Fieldwork and Seminar (SWK 671, 672, 773, 774) may only continue in the M.S.W. program upon successful appeal to the Graduate Studies Committee. Students who receive a failing grade in a course may not continue in any course for which the failed course is a pre-requisite. They may enroll in the class for which they received the failing grade in the semester in which it is offered if their GPA meets the criteria for probation and continuation.

Training for Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

As part of the registration of the Lehman College M.S.W. Program with the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department, prior to graduation, all M.S.W. students must complete the state-mandated two-hour training in identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. A Certificate of Completion for this training is also required for application to the New York State Department of Education for the LMSW license. This training is available online at   www.nysmandatedreporter.org   Registration instrucions and course details are available on that website.  There is no charge for the training. A certificate of completion will be issued upon completion. Lehman College will receive a copy of this certicate which will be added to the students' transcript upon completion of the training.

As an alternative, students can take the training elsewhere or online. However that will be at the student's own expense. The Certificate of Completion must be given to the MSW Program Director in Carman Hall, Room B-18 no later than May 1st prior to graduation. Since it may take several weeks to receive the Certificate of Completion, students who take the training online or elsewhere should arrange to do it early enough so that graduation is not delayed.

Students who already have a valid Certificate of Completion are not required to repeat the training, but must provide a copy of their Certificate to the M.S.W. Program Director in Carman Hall, Room B-18 no later than May 1. Students may choose to repeat the training.

Licensing Information

Students who earn their M.S.W. degree will have completed the educational requirements and be eligible to take the New York State licensing exam for the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

Students who complete the two-year curriculum and earn their M.S.W. degree will have met the educational requirements for the New York State licensing exam for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Advanced Standing Students, Track C, will need to take one additional elective class designated as having clinical content. This can be accomplished by taking an additional electvie in the Lehman College MSW program or it can be completed at a later time. The New York State Education Department has established additional clinical supervision requirements to be eligible to take the LCSW exam. These requirements must be met after graduation.

Preparation for LMSW Licensing Exam

In order to help students prepare for the LMSW licensing exam, Lehman College provides training for its own second year M.S.W. students. There is no charge to students for this training. While it is not required, most people find it useful and participation is strongly recommended. Alumni of the Lehman M.S.W. program are invited to participate in the training. Interested graduates of the Lehman MSW Program should contact:   Mark Miller,   Coordinator of the MSW Academic Support Center, for additional information.

Alumni, of the Lehman College MSW program, who are interested in preparing for the LCSW should contact:   Mark Miller , Coordinator of the MSW Academic Support Center, for information about available LCSW study opportunites available for Lehman College MSW Alumni.

HRSA Training Grant Program for MSW Students 2017-2021

The purpose of this grant-funded project is to increase the number and improve the educational preparation of a diverse group of MSW-level social workers to provide behavioral health services in medically under-served communities and/or with medically under-served populations.  The focus is on mental health and substance abuse care across the lifespan in integrated and inter-disciplinary settings.  Student trainees will be better prepared to work individually and on the community level to improve services, access, and outcomes.  This project has created several different educational enhancements, which focus on culturally- and linguistically-sensitive interventions in integrated primary care settings with the target population.


The grant-supported enhancements include an annual workshop series; an annual day-long conference for the professional and educational communities, including all trainees; and trainees’ production of a community action project to be carried out in connection with students’ fieldwork placements and presented at the annual conference.  In addition, Spanish-English bi-lingual trainees may participate in the dual-language section of the Advanced Social Work Practice course.

Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

All trainees attend four workshops per year.  In addition, our efforts extended to addressing the behavioral health care of medically underserved communities and populations with the Fieldwork Instructors, Educational Coordinators, and staff in area agencies plus college faculty, staff, and students. Licensed social workers earn Continuing Education Credits for attendance at the workshops.  To date, workshops have addressed working with formerly incarcerated adults, parents who identify as LGBTQ, and older adults, among others.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, the theme of the workshops is trauma-informed care with topics such as working with veterans, children, and the LGBTQ community.

Fall 2018 workshop dates:

  • Thursday, September 27 th  2:30-4:30 Carman Hall, room B39
  • Thursday, October 25 th  2:30-4:30 Carman Hall, room B39
  • Thursday, November 29 th  2:30-4:30 Carman Hall, room B39

Annual Interdisciplinary Conferences

In the spring of each grant year, the Social Work Department and grant staff host an inter-disciplinary conference attended by all trainees plus professionals serving the target population.  The first conference in spring 2018 addressed homelessness and housing insecurity with presentations from formerly homeless individuals, social workers, and others.  Topics included people without homes who are children, veterans, older adults, LGBTQ young adults, have physical disabilities, are street homelessness, and others. The spring 2019 conference (to be held on Friday, March 29 th , 2019) will focus on creative therapies and approaches to working with trauma, including art therapy, pet therapy, and other creative treatment modalities that may be unfamiliar to many social workers.

Community Action Projects

All trainees complete a community action project related to needs at their field placement during the year and exhibit this at the annual conference.  These projects are designed and carried out with the support of one of the Lehman social work faculty mentors who meets with the trainees in groups and individually.  The projects are designed to create a sustainable improvement to the agencies, communities, and/or target population to meet behavior health care needs.  During the first year of the grant, students designed better systems for intakes and discharge processes, developed curricula for therapeutic groups, improved vocational preparation, developed community resources referrals, and designed psychoeducational outreach initiatives.  These projects will continue to help the target population even after the students have left their fieldwork sites.

Dual-Language Section of Advanced Practice

Students who are bi-lingual in Spanish and English have the opportunity to participate in a dual-language section of the Advanced Social Work Practice course.  Delivering effective services in Spanish is a critical need, but not all bi-lingual social workers are actually prepared to do so.  This course addresses the practice issues that commonly arise but, importantly, moves beyond translation to more complex issues, such as how language, culture, and other factors affect the professional helping relationship.

Together, these enhancements are designed to improve the trainees’ knowledge and skills to provide culturally- and linguistically- sensitive services to medically under-served communities and populations in a behavioral health capacity as well as improving the competencies of other professionals serving the target population.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Any questions can be directed to the PIs, Amanda Sisselman-Borgia ([email protected]) and Jessica Kahn ([email protected]) in the Social Work Department.


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Additional information about International Student Program reforms

Ottawa, February 5, 2024— Further information is being provided to clarify the announcement of an intake cap on new international study permit applications and other changes . International students make important contributions to Canada’s campuses, communities and economy; however, we have seen unsustainable growth in the International Student Program in recent years. These recently announced reforms will support sustainable population growth in Canada and improve system integrity, while helping to ensure that international students have a positive experience in Canada.

1. Cap and provincial attestation letter

As of 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024, most new post-secondary international students at the college or undergraduate level must provide a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from a province or territory with their study permit application. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will return any application received that does not include a PAL, unless otherwise exempt.

This attestation will serve as proof that the student has been accounted for under a provincial or territorial allocation within the national cap. Provinces and territories have been asked to have a plan in place for issuing PALs by March 31, 2024. The Government of Canada is working with the Government of Quebec to determine how the certificat d’acceptation du Québec pour études could serve as a PAL.

International students whose applications were received by IRCC before 8:30 a.m. on January 22, 2024, as well as those who have already been approved for a study permit and intend to travel to Canada for an upcoming program, do not need to take further action as a result of the cap.

Who needs a provincial attestation letter?

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  • in-Canada study permit and work permit holders (includes study permit holders applying for an extension)
  • in-Canada family members of study permit or work permit holders
  • students whose application we received before 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024

2. Post-graduation work permit (PGWP) update for graduates of master’s degree programs

In recognition that graduates of master’s degree granting programs are excellent candidates to succeed in Canada’s labour market and potentially transition to permanent residence, we have made a change to the length of the PGWP, so that they have the opportunity to meet the required Canadian work experience in order to apply for their permanent residence.

Starting on February 15, 2024, a longer, 3-year post-graduation work permit will be available to those who are graduating from a master’s degree program that is less than 2 years and who meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria.

The length of PGWPs for programs other than master’s degrees will continue to align with the length of the study program, to a maximum of 3 years.

Who is eligible for a longer post-graduation work permit (PGWP)?

  • Graduates of programs that are at least two years in length at PGWP-eligible designated learning institutions are eligible for a 3-year PGWP, as are graduates of master’s degree programs less than 2 years in length.

3. PGWP eligibility for public-private partnership college programs

Some provinces allow public colleges to license their curriculum to be delivered by an affiliated private college. In these cases, students physically attend a private college, but graduate with a diploma from a public institution. Concerns have been raised with regard to the quality of education provided by these institutions, as well as the lack of sufficient student supports. The Auditor General of Ontario has also raised concerns about a lack of oversight into program quality and student services at these institutions.

As such, IRCC has made a change to restrict PGWPs for these institutions, anticipating that without the ability to apply for a PGWP, there will be a reduction in the number of international students enrolling in them.

Who is eligible for a PGWP after graduating from a public-private partnership college program?

  • International students currently enrolled will remain eligible for a PGWP if they meet other program eligibility criteria.

Who is not eligible for a PGWP after graduating from a public-private partnership college program?

  • New students enrolling in this type of program will not be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

4. Changes to open work permit eligibility for spouses

In the coming weeks, eligibility for open work permits for the spouses and common-law partners of international students will be updated.

Who can get an open work permit?

  • Eligibility is limited to the spouses and common-law partners of students in graduate (master’s and doctorate) and professional degree–granting programs only.
  • Once these changes are in effect, spouses and common-law partners of international students seeking to extend their existing work permit will continue to be eligible under this stream.

Who will not be eligible for an open work permit?

  • The spouses and common-law partners of international students in other levels of study, including undergraduate and college programs, will no longer be eligible for an open work permit unless they already hold an open work permit under this stream.

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Pitt State to offer new Master’s in Social Work degree option 

  • 12 February 2024

There is now a huge demand for social workers with advanced degrees in Southeast Kansas, and a new degree option to be offered by Pittsburg State University will help fill that gap.  

“Bringing a Master’s degree in Social Work program to Pitt State will benefit students, our community, and our region,” said Kristen Humphrey, professor of Social Work and director of the program. “There is a demand for social work professionals here and a growing demand for services addressing social problems."  

Those problems include poverty, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of social workers will grow 11 percent in coming years — faster than average for most occupations — leading to more than 81,000 new job opportunities in the field.  

Career s including mental health and counseling centers; addiction treatment; hospitals, hospice, and home health; K-12 schools; colleges and universities; child welfare; corrections; probation and parole; nursing homes and assisted living centers; crisis centers; governmental agencies; and non-profit social service agencies.  

Area agencies and students themselves have asked for an MSW program, Humphrey said. Eighty-five percent of current Social Work students have said they plan to pursue an advanced degree.  

But the closest universities offering such a degree are the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus (111 miles away), the University of Arkansas (114 miles away), and (the University of Missouri at Kansas City (124 miles away). The Pitt State program will keep students in the SEK region and will be the least expensive of the closest options.  

In 2020, Pitt State and KU partnered to develop a cooperative program on the Pitt State campus in which those seeking an advanced degree could attend KU classes locally to prevent having to move and/or end their local employment.  

Enrollment over the past four years provides compelling evidence of the demand for an MSW program at Pitt State: in total nearly 100 students were admitted and will graduate from the outside program.    

"Starting our own advanced degree option will keep more of these professionals in Pittsburg and the Southeast Kansas region,” said Chris Childers, director of the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences. “We’re proud to be able to eliminate the two greatest hurdles students face — distance and cost — while at the same time finding a way to help directly address a critical workforce shortage.”  

According to the Kansas Health Institute, Southeast Kansas has the lowest ratio of clinical social workers per resident in the state, with just 35 licensed and credentialed social workers in a 16-county area.  

The program will have two courses of study: a one-year program for students who have a Bachelor’s in Social Work (“Advanced Standing”), and a two-year program for students who have a degree in something else (“Traditional Plan of Study”). For students in the two-year program, the first will be considered their generalist year and the second their clinical year. Students in the one-year program will proceed directly to their clinical year.  

Students will complete practicum placements during the generalist and clinical years thanks to partnerships with agencies such as Crawford County Mental Health Center, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, Guest Home Estates,  Addiction Treatment Center of Southeast Kansas, Choices Early Childhood Center, Mosaic, Children's Advocacy Center, Safehouse Crisis Center, and Ascension Via Christi Hospital all in Pittsburg; Labette Health in Parsons; Four County Mental Health Center in Independence; and Rapha House, Ronald McDonald House, Head Start, and Refugee and Immigrant Service Education in Joplin, Missouri.  

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