School of Social Work and Human Services

Enhance Your Social Work Career Opportunities

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 Master of Social Work (MSW) equips you with the advanced practice knowledge and skills you need to move into a leadership role.

UFV's MSW is a five-semester, two-year program comprised of 30 credits, including a 450-hour practicum, which you complete with one of UFV's partner community agencies. The program allows you to maintain your career while you study part-time to enhance your education.

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 working in partnership 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.