PhD Admission Requirements

Applications for 2017 are closed.  Our next round of admissions will be for September 2019.

Admission to the PhD in Social Work degree program is open to applicants with a Master’s degree in Social Work and three years of professional social work experience.

 

1. Applicants with Canadian or U.S. credentials must meet the following minimum academic requirements in order to be considered for the program:

  • hold a Master of Social Work degree or international equivalent degree in Social Work
  • meet the academic requirements as prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: “overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in master’s degree program”
  • have sufficient preparatory academic background to carry out graduate work including two three credit (or equivalent) graduate level courses in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. [for those with general research courses which covered several methods andstatistics course outlines should be submitted and a decision on requirements will be made by the program chair.]
  • have three years of experience as a professional social worker

2. Applicants with international academic credentials, whether Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international students:

  • must hold a Master of Social Work degree or equivalent social work degree from an accredited university-level institution
  • must meet the minimum academic requirements as prescribed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the country from which the master’s degree was obtained
  • have sufficient preparatory academic background to carry out graduate work including two,three credit (or equivalent), graduate level courses in, quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. [for those with general research courses which covered several methods and statistics course outlines should be submitted and a decision on requirements will be made by the program chair.]
  • have three years of experience as a professional social worker
  • If the language of prior study is not English, the applicant must provide proof of English language proficiency in the form of a TOEFL score of at least 93 or an Academic (not general) IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component less than 6.0.

Any applicant not meeting the minimum academic requirements is considered inadmissible to the program. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee you a place in the program.

IMPORTANT: Applicants are strongly advised to have minimum of 3 credits of statistics. For those without we advise you to take this before beginning the program or during your first semester. Your supervisor can advise you on this once you have been accepted to the program.

Please note that the program is governed by the general PhD Guidelines of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If a conflict appears between this information and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies information, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements take precedence.

Evaluation Criteria and Success Rate

All candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:

1. Academic Excellence & Preparedness (50%)

As demonstrated by academic transcripts, awards and distinctions, and relevance of academic background to area of study.

2. Research Potential (30%)

Quality of analytical skills, ability to think critically, ability to apply skills and knowledge, judgments, originality, initiative and autonomy, determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time—as demonstrated in the description of program of study and by three or more years of professional social work experience (including relevance to area of study), research contributions, letters of reference.

3. Communication Skills (20%)

As demonstrated in the description of the program of study and by work experience, community involvement and other extracurricular activities, letters of reference, and the quality of presentation of the application.

In addition to the above, the following are used to make a final determination on acceptance:

  • Availability of appropriate supervision
  • Funding (secured, pending or potential)
  • Availability of space within the program

Entry to the program is competitive and in some cases, highly qualified applicants may not be admitted due to a lack of appropriate supervision and/or limited space in the program. Please note that we do not at this time accept deferrals or offer places for future intakes. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply for future intakes at the appropriate time.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Deborah O’Connor, Graduate Programs Chair, 604-822-5299 or deborah.oconnor@ubc.ca

Aleksandra Djordjevic sowk.student-services@ubc.ca