School of Social Work and Human Services

Expand your leadership opportunities in the field of social work

Expand your leadership opportunities in the field of social work

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

Whether you wish to conduct research, develop policies, or enter into clinical work, UFV's Master of Social Work (MSW) equips you with the skills, values, and advanced knowledge you need. Your UFV Master of Social Work empowers you to complete specialized assessments and intervention, diagnose mental disorders, provide therapy, and develop treatment plans.

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.

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 interest.

All throughout, you draw on the expertise of experienced, diverse, and accomplished faculty members, while gaining a comprehensive perspective on supervision and leadership, the integration of anti-oppressive and cross-cultural practice, social policy, and advanced assessment techniques.

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

Career Outlook

Based on the BC Labour Market Scenario Model 2010-2020, the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

When registered, social workers who have completed a master's degree are equipped for clinical practice in mental health and may become counselors or therapists. Or they may choose to work as administrators, teachers, case managers, and program developers in mental health or social services organizations. They may also conduct research or act as policy makers for social and government agencies.