School of Social Work and Human Services

Social Work — Master of Social Work


Master's degree

2 years

How to apply

Start date:
September 2020

Abbotsford campus



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • The program includes a 450-hour practicum with one of UFV's partner community agencies
  • Upon graduation, you meet the requirements to apply to register with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW).
  • Program eligible for financial aid


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. The five-semester, two-year program is comprised of 30 credits and includes a 450-hour practicum. The MSW program is offered every two years.

UFV's Master of Social Work program builds on the success of UFV's Bachelor of Social Work 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 the MSW, particularly in terms of practicum placements and supervision.

Graduates who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work will need to take undergraduate courses in the School of Social Work and Human Services to fulfill the qualifying requirements of the program. They may expect to take three to four years to earn their Master of Social Work at UFV.

The program is CASWE–ACFTS nationally accredited.

View the Master of Social Work's program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Master of Social Work for Child and Youth Care, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, and Education grads

There is a Foundational Master of Social Work intake (non-BSW) for graduates who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Related disciplines include Child and Youth Care, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, and Education. Students must have 3,600 hours of experience in a social services discipline. Apply before January 31 to begin your studies in Fall 2019. This is a full-time one-year program. Students will transition into the MSW program for Fall 2020 upon successful completion of the foundational year. For more information about this program, contact

Program goals

The program goals include respect for Indigenous self-determination and a commitment to working in partnership with local First Nations communities. As well, the Master of Social Work encourages you to integrate principles of anti-oppressive and cross-cultural social work into your practice frameworks.

The 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.


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.


View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar. There are two intakes:

  • Option 1: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) graduates
  • Option 2: Non-BSW students in a related discipline. Related disciplines include Child and Youth Care, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, and Education.


This program is open to international students.


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.


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