Advanced MSW Degree Requirements

Credit Requirements

MSW students must achieve the minimum academic standing required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in a combination of courses from the areas below, totaling a minimum of 30 credits of academic study.

For students entering the program in September 2012 or later, courses must include 9 credits of “core” courses, 6 credits of core practice electives, and 6 credits of other electives. Courses from any part of the social work curriculum or from another UBC department may, upon approval, be taken for the elective credits. Students must also successfully complete a practicum (6 credits) and an advanced integrative seminar (3 credits).

Although a thesis is not required, students are encouraged to pursue an MSW thesis. They will be required to undertake an additional 6 credits, as well as find themselves a suitable supervisor from within the School.

The UBC Calendar contains specific information on policies and regulations on course work, graduate student status, and academic standing requirements, as well as information on tuition fees for both full-time and part-time graduate students. Please see Student Services website and the Graduate Studies website for more details.

Courses for the Advanced MSW

1. CORE COURSES (18 credits):

Theory (3 credits)
SOWK 550 Social Work and Social Justice

Research Course (6 credits)
SOWK 553C Quantitative Methods in SW Research, or
SOWK 554C Qualitative Methods in SW Research, or
SOWK 554C Program Evaluation Methods

Field Practice (9 credits)
SOWK 560C Practicum (6 credits)
SOWK559 Advanced Integrative Seminar (3 credits)



Note: Not all courses will be offered each year – it depends upon the availability of the instructor.
Students are required to take at least two electives from their chosen field of practice.

Family & Children Praxis:
SOWK 522 Family Mediation & Conflict Resolution (online),
SOWK 526 SW Practice with Individuals and Couples
SOWK 532 SW Practice with the Family
SOWK 570L Adolescent Development in Non-Familial Contexts
SOWK 572A Child and Family Policy and Practice

Health & Social Care Praxis:
SOWK 521 Addictions
SOWK 525 Advanced Mental Health Practice
SOWK 531 Aging
SOWK 551 Social Work in Health Settings
SOWK 453 Disability and Justice

Social & International Development Praxis:
SOWK 529 SW Practice in the Community
SOWK 570K Historical Memories and Social Reconstruction
SOWK 571 International Social Development


3. General Electives (6 credits):

Students are required to take two 3-credit elective courses from any of the above courses or from the following list:

SOWK 514 Feminism in Social Work Practice
SOWK 524A Social Services Management
one SOWK440/450 course or a 400 level SPPH course from the School of Population and Public Health.