How to Apply to the Advanced MSW Program

Admission into the Advanced MSW Program

The online application system has closed for applications for 2018.

It will reopen for September 2019 admissions in late summer 2018.


December 1.
Last day to submit the completed online application, including document uploads.

In December we will begin to review COMPLETE FILES ONLY.  Applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline in order
to enable us to start the assessment process as early as possible.

*Please note: those who are selected will be contacted by the School of Social Work Admissions Office by early March. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified by email.

Since the number of qualified applicants normally considerably exceeds the number of spaces available, fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The process is competitive and the School reserves the right of selection of all students for admission and readmission to the School.

A Two-Part Application Process

There are 2 steps for applying to UBC.

Step 1. UBC Application for Graduate Admissions

Apply online and pay the application fee. Learn more about the application fee.

You will be required to provide the following:

Scanned PDF copies of all post-secondary official transcripts in English, including marking keys for the transcripts, as well as degree certificates for all colleges/universities attended or currently attending, with the exception of UBC Vancouver transcripts. All pages of one transcript, front and back, should be uploaded as a single file (rather than a separate file for each page).

For current and former UBC students: you do not need to upload transcripts for your UBC program as part of your online application. However, you should include information about your UBC program in your online Application. Please be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).

All documents such as transcripts, proof of degree conferral, etc. must be scanned and uploaded to your application.  Photographs or screenshots taken using a cellular device or camera will not be accepted.

All applicants should note that if their application is recommended for admission, official hard copies of transcripts will be required.

Please follow these directions carefully:  uploading scanned (PDF) copies of official transcripts in the application system:

Contact information for three referees:

During the online application process, you will identify three referees and provide their email address (Please note that the on-line application system does not recognize public email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, or other free e-mail accounts for referees).

The referees can be either academic or professional. At least one referee should be a person who has supervised the applicant in a position of post-BSW paid employment.

Referees will receive an email, upload link and the submission deadline ONLY AFTER your application is submitted. For this reason, it is advisable to apply well before the deadline so the referee has sufficient time to write the letter.


Step 2. Supplemental Application Materials

You will need to upload the following documents in PDF format, in addition to answering the questions in the online application.  IMPORTANT: both supplements must be uploaded BEFORE you submit the online application.  The system will not allow you to upload these supplements afterwards.

MSW Advanced Supplement I – Employment History (also include an up-to-date resume)
MSW Advanced Supplement II – Learning Plan and Course Selection

Additional Requirements

There is an English Proficiency Requirement. If applicant’s language of prior study is not English, either a TOEFL score of at least 93 or the Academic (not general) IELTS with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component less than 6.0.

If your application is successful, you will need to participate in the Criminal Records Review Program. Details and instructions will be provided to successful applicants.