How to Apply to the Advanced MSW Program

Admission into the Advanced MSW Program

The online application system for admission is open.
Admission decisions should be finalized by MARCH 2021.

Application Deadline: Last day to submit the completed online application, including document uploads – December 1, 2020.

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. Applications with unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed. All pages of an institution’s transcript, front and back, should be uploaded as a single file (rather than a separate file for each page). For example, a three-page University of Calgary transcript should be one file; a two-page Langara College transcript should be another file.

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 official 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).  In the current remote working environment, referees with unrecognized email accounts [only] may email scanned, signed letters to

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 when you submit the online application. The system will not allow you to upload these supplements afterwards.

For all forms, please ensure you download the form completely, open it with the appropriate application, fill it in and resave it.

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.

Criminal Record Check

UBC is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA), which means that all students who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum. If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children, or physical, sexual, or financial abuse to vulnerable adults, as a result of the CRRA Check, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. Because a practicum is required for your program, this means that you may not be able to complete the program and you may not graduate. Therefore you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, this program.

After admission, the criminal record check will be completed through the School of Social Work. Newly admitted students will be sent instructions about the CRC process.

More information:

UBC’s University Counsel FAQs on the CRRA
Relevant and Specified Offences