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School of Social Work and Human Services

Social Work — master's degree


Master's degree

2 years

How to apply

Start date:
September 2020

Abbotsford campus



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • The Advanced program includes a required 450-hour practicum with one of UFV's partner community agencies. The Foundational program includes two required 450-hour practicums. Please note: the Foundational practicum (SOWK 431)is NOT open to PLAR or challenge.
  • 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 Advanced Master of Social Work (MSW) equips you with the advanced practice knowledge and skills you need to move into a leadership role. The Advanced MSW program involves five-semesters, 30 credits and includes a required 450-hour practicum. The Advanced MSW program is offered every two years in even years.

Graduates who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work can apply to our Foundational Master of Social Work program.

UFV's three-year Foundational Master of Social Work (MSW) involves one-year of undergraduate social work courses, which involves three-semesters, 33 credits and a required 450-hour practicum.  Students will then ladder into the MSW program, which provides an advanced practice knowledge and the skills you need to move into a leadership role.  The MSW component of the program involves five-semesters, 30 credits and includes a required 450-hour practicum.  The Foundational program is also offered every two years in odd years.

Please note: the practicums in these programs (Foundational and Advanced) are not open to PLAR or challenge.

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.

The program is CASWE–ACFTS nationally accredited.

View the Master of Social Work's (Advanced and Foundational) program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

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:


See Programs open for application for application dates.

Application deadline for MSW programs is December 1.


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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