Programs

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Program Costs, How to Apply, When to Apply

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Master of Social Work Degree

UFV's MSW is a five-semester, two-year program comprised of 30 credits, including a 450-hour practicum. The program is offered every two years.

Our MSW program builds on the success of UFV's BSW program, and draws on the expertise of the School’s experienced and diverse faculty members. Strong relationships and consultation with community agencies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland enhance the delivery of our MSW, particularly in terms of practicum placements and supervision.

Our program goals include respect for Indigenous self-determination and a commitment to working in partnership with local First Nations communities. As well, the MSW encourages students to integrate principles of anti-oppressive and cross cultural social work into their practice frameworks. Our program also emphasizes social work education through practices and partnerships that respect ethno-cultural diversity, development through research, and collaborative community work.

These goals are consistent with the principles of inclusion and social justice, and the mandates of UFV, the BC College of Social Workers, and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

Bachelor of Social Work - Generalist

Whether you want to study full- or part-time, UFV’s Bachelor of Social Work degree is flexible enough to provide you with options so you can carry on with other commitments in your life while earning this degree.

You cannot apply for this program if you are still in High School. UFV’s BSW program is designed specifically for entry at the third-year level, after you’ve completed 60 credits. To qualify, those credits must include some specific course work and arts and sciences.

What Type of Career Can I Expect?

As a successful graduate, you’ll be ready to work with individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of settings that are funded by both government and non-government sources. Some of those options include.

  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Community and institutional corrections
  • Addictions services
  • Services for women
  • Immigration and cross-cultural services
  • Community services and programs
  • First Nations communities and First Nations child welfare
  • Programs for people with special needs and disabilities
  • Community and health services for the elderly and child welfare
Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Eduation (CASWE)

Bachelor of Social Work - Child Welfare Specialization


You have a passion for social justice and have always been interested in social issues. You believe in human rights, and working towards a more just society. Of special interest to you are services for children and their families. This specialization will prepare you for child welfare work in government and other settings. Once you’ve successfully completed the core and elective courses, and a fourth-year practicum in the B.C. Ministry of  Children and Family development (or delegated child welfare setting), you will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with a transcript notation of your specialization in child welfare.

What type of career can I expect?

As a successful graduate, you’ll be ready to work with individuals, groups, and communities in a variety of settings that are funded by both government and non-government sources. Some of those options include the following:

  • Child welfare and protection (child welfare specialization)
  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Community and institutional corrections
  • Addictions services
  • Services for women
  • Immigration and cross-cultural services
  • Community services and programs
  • First Nations communities and First Nations child welfare
  • Programs for people with special needs and disabilities
  • Community and health services for the elderly and child welfare

Social Services Diploma

UFV's two-year Social Services diploma program will establish a strong foundation your career in the human services field. Your studies will prepare you for a career at the paraprofessional level in social services. This program will also set you up if you later choose to continue your education past the diploma level.

The two-year Social Services Diploma Program at the University of the Fraser Valley will help you prepare for a career at the para-professional level in the social services field.  If you would like to continue your education past the diploma level, you may if you take the required pre-requisites, ladder your Diploma into the UFV Bachelor of Social Work Degree program. You can then work in the field while earning your degree part-time. Our program plans are tailored to meet your personal education and career goals.

What type of career can I expect?

As a diploma graduate, you will qualify for a number of interesting jobs. You will be able to put your skills and knowledge to work in a variety of careers including community service worker, teacher aide, residential service worker, home support coordinator, social work assistant, mental health worker, family support worker, and seniors’ support worker. Many of our students find jobs through their fieldwork placements, which are carefully selected to best suit you and your employment potential and career goals. However, completion of the program does not guarantee that you will find the job of your choice immediately upon graduation.

Social Services Diploma - First Nations Option

Our program is designed to prepare aboriginal students or those with strong ties to aboriginal communities to work with First Nations people to enhance their self-reliance both on and off reserves. Working from a Stó:lõ perspective, as a graduate of the First Nations option, you will work with individuals and groups on several issues that affect aboriginal communities. Those issues may include child and sexual abuse, substance abuse, family violence, wellness issues, and economic development.

As First Nations people assume more responsibility for their child welfare, health care, and education services, the demand will grow for First Nations social service workers, namely graduates of this program to provide services to the community in a culturally appropriate fashion.

What type of career can I expect?

This diploma program will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in many different fields. Some examples that you’ll be qualified for once you’ve earned your diploma include the following: 

  • Community service worker 
  • Teacher’s aide
  • Social work assistant
  • Mental health worker
  • Family support worker
  • Seniors’ support worker

You might also find work in agencies such as aboriginal counselling services, aboriginal friendship centres, alcohol and drug treatment centres, aboriginal court services, other aboriginal agencies, and settings in health care, correctional justice, employment services, family services, and education.

Many graduates find jobs through their fieldwork placements, which are carefully selected for employment potential. However, completion of the program does not guarantee that you will find the job of your choice immediately upon graduation.

Community Support Worker Certificate

This program will prepare you to work in a variety of roles with children and adults with mental and/or physical disabilities. As a graduate, you will be prepared for employment in community support roles, such as group homes for people with mental and/or physical disabilities, and in various special education settings. You can also tailor your studies to become a special education assistant where you would work under the supervision of classroom teachers and perform such duties as coaching in basic subjects, preparing specialized teaching materials, and meeting students’ special physical needs, as well as maintaining progress records.

Once you have earned your Community Support Worker certificate, you can apply to earn a Social Services diploma entering at the second year, which will then qualify you for employment in program management and administration.

What type of career can I expect?

Typical jobs for which diploma graduates are qualified include the following: community service worker, teacher aide, and residential service worker. Many students find jobs through their fieldwork placements, which are carefully selected for employment potential. However, completion of the program does not guarantee that you will find the job of your choice immediately upon graduation. 

Extended Studies Certificate - First Nations Option

Recognizing that UFV is on Sto’:lo territory, this program honors the Sto’:lo people and an Aboriginal world view. 

Similarly, there is an increasing number of people working in the social services and related fields who are seeking additional training in order to become more effective with their client groups.

This extended studies certificate will be of interest to people who already have a recognized diploma or degree in a relevant field. 

The four courses in the program may be used as part of another credential (eg. BA Arts, BSW, Social Services Diploma, Social Services Diploma - First Nations Option, BA Adult Education and Bachelor of General Studies), or taken as an extended studies certificate after completing another credential.

This program is not directly employment-related, but would be of interest to those already possessing a human service or relevant credential who wish to work directly with an Aboriginal group.

Aboriginal Culture and Language Support Diploma

The Aboriginal Culture and Language Support diploma program is focused on providing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives required for employment as an Aboriginal support worker. As an ACLS worker, your unique understanding of and sensitivity to the values, beliefs, and needs of the students' Aboriginal community, as well as the needs of the education system, will make you a valuable asset to the schools in which you work.There are approximately 5,000 Aboriginal students in Kindergarten – grade 12 in the eastern Fraser Valley region, and all of them would benefit from the involvement of an ACLS graduate. British Columbia educators recognize the contribution that Aboriginal support workers make in assisting Aboriginal students to achieve greater academic success and

This two-year program is culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of the Aboriginal community. It is designed to meet the requirements of individuals currently employed or seeking employment in K-12 Aboriginal education, both in public and First Nation-operated band schools as Aboriginal support workers.

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