About the UBC School of Social Work

Building upon a foundation of social justice and an ethic of care, we are a community of learners actively engaged in the development of critical, transformative knowledge for social work practice.

Founded in 1929, the UBC School of Social Work is the oldest social work education program in British Columbia and the third oldest in Canada. Today, we continue our long and distinguished record of professional education, research and scholarship.

 

Photo of the Jack Bell Building, School of Social Work

 

We offer several programs of study:

  • The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice through a structural lens.
  • The Master of Social Work (MSW) includes the Foundation MSW and the Advanced MSW. The Foundation-level curriculum is for students who do not have a BSW. The Advanced-level curriculum focuses on the fields of children and welfare, health and social inclusion, and international and social development.
  • The PhD in Social Work (PhD) prepares students for teaching, research and administration, and fosters students’ development of advanced skills relevant to social development, social work theory and practice.

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Our Mission

Based on a commitment to fundamental social work values and a vision of social justice, we prepare social workers for generalist and advanced professional practice. We promote the scholarly generation of critical transformative knowledge through research and study relevant to social work theories, and practices, social development and social administration.

Our Vision

Building upon a foundation of social justice and an ethic of care, we are a community of learners actively engaged in the development of critical, transformative knowledge for social work practice.

Our Values

  1. Human Dignity: We honor the individual right to dignity and respect in all life circumstance.
  2. Social Equity: We are committed to equality from within and across social systems, practicing inclusion and respecting diversity.
  3. Social Justice: We promote social work values that aim to identify and address causes of exclusion, marginalization, and oppression past and present.
  4. Scholarship: We generate critical, transformative knowledge that advances social work theory, practice, social development, and social administration.

Location

We are located at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver Campus:
The Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2