Social Work and Human Servicesufv.ca/swhs
The Master of Social Work degree is a five-semester, two-year program comprised of 30 credits, including a 450-hour practicum.
The program’s core courses and electives are designed to develop a broad professional competency base at the graduate level. Core courses provide a comprehensive perspective on supervision and leadership, the integration of anti-oppressive and cross-cultural practice in social work, social policy, and advanced assessment techniques.
Based on interests and career path, students will select their focus in Health, Children and Families, or Mental Health, and complete a major paper/project in their area of interest.
The full program will typically take two years to complete, with a maximum of five years allowed.
Note: The next MSW cohort will begin in September 2020. The program is offered every two years.
Note: The next Non-BSW MSW cohort will begin in September 2019 (one year full-time program). Applications deadline is January 31, 2019. For inquiries, email email@example.com.
Upon admission to the MSW program, students will be required to take undergraduate courses as outlined in the Program outline section below to fulfill the qualifying requirements of the program.
To be considered for Fall semester entrance (September), completed applications must be received by January 31 of the year of application. Applications received later will be considered as space permits.
Your application must include the following items, otherwise it will be deemed incomplete, and not considered for admission. Visit ufv.ca/swhs to find the forms you need.
Note: Applications with less than 3,600 hours will be considered if all other criteria are met and there is room in the program.
Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see Fees and additional costs section below) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
Under the Criminal Records Review Act, students in a professional post-secondary program with a practicum component involving work with children and/or vulnerable adults must undergo a criminal records check. This is a requirement before students can participate in any practicum placements. Once admitted to the program, it is the student's responsibility to apply for a Criminal Record Review through the Ministry of Justice. Information on this process is provided by the School of Social Work & Human Services.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. There will be additional costs for textbooks, and there may be associated travel and living expenses.
The MSW program is designed to meet the diverse learning needs of students. Using a mixed delivery model that combines online, flexible evening and weekend classes, the program allows greater accessibility to students with work and family commitments. The practicum is two days per week over two semesters.
To maintain status as an MSW student and to continue in the program, students must maintain an overall minimum 3.00 GPA. Credit towards the degree will not be available for any course in which the grade is less than a B-. Practica must be completed with satisfactory evaluations. The major paper/project must receive a Pass.
UFV Graduate Studies policy requires that at least 75% of program courses be taken at UFV. The practicum and major paper/project must be completed through UFV, and it is anticipated that most students will take all their courses through UFV. However, a maximum of two courses (25%) may be taken at another university for transfer credit in the UFV MSW program. This would require advance approval of the Director of the School of Social Work and Human Services and the Associate Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Research upon admission.
Candidates who qualify to receive a UFV graduate degree must submit a Request for Graduation form to the UFV Office of the Registrar by April 1.
Note: Students should also be familiar with the General Regulations for Graduate Studies.
Non-BSW graduates admitted to the program are expected to finish their qualifying courses within two years. All students must complete their entire MSW coursework within five years.
Any applicant who meets the MSW entrance requirements may have a formal evaluation of courses from other institutions/programs considered for transfer credit.
The MSW program consists of two streams, BSW graduates and non-BSW graduates.
Upon admission to the MSW program, students will take SOWK 700-level courses listed below.
MSW required courses
|SOWK 700||Advanced Intervention and Assessment Techniques||3|
|SOWK 704||Research and Program Evaluation||3|
|SOWK 710||Advanced Social Policy||3|
|SOWK 711||Leadership and Supervision in the Human Services||3|
|SOWK 720||Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and Anti-Oppressive Social Work
|SOWK 730||Practicum and Advanced Direct Practice Seminar (offered as SOWK 730A and 730B)||9|
|SOWK 799||Major Paper/Project (offered as SOWK 799A and 799B)
|Plus one of:||3|
|SOWK 750||Advanced Intervention in Health|
|SOWK 783||Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families
|SOWK 797||Advanced Intervention in Mental Health|
Upon admission to the MSW program, students will be required to take the following undergraduate courses in the School of Social Work and Human Services, to fulfill the qualifying requirements of the program.
|SOWK 300||Social Work Practice with Individuals
|SOWK 311||Social Work Theory and Ethics||3|
|SOWK 312||Legal Knowledge for Social Work Practice
|SOWK 320||Anti-Racist and Cross Cultural Social Work||3|
|SOWK 392||Aboriginal Social Work||3|
|SOWK 410||Social Policy Analysis
|SOWK 431||MSW Foundation Year Practicum (see Note 1)||9|
|Plus:||Two courses from any of the Group A or B electives in the Bachelor of Social Work program||6|
Note 1: This practicum is open to prior learning assessment and may be challenged by students with significant experience in the field. While this course shares some elements with SOWK 430 in the undergraduate program, it is a separate section for qualifying/foundation year MSW students.
Note 2: Students who have not completed a research course equivalent to SOWK 404 in their undergraduate preparation will be required to take an additional 3-credit research course, such as SOWK 404 or equivalent.
After successfully completing their prescribed undergraduate programming, students in the non-BSW stream may continue on to the 700-level courses listed above. Non-BSW entry-level students are expected to complete their qualifying courses within two years. All students must complete their entire MSW coursework within five years.