Master of Social Work (MSW)

MSW Students

Our MSW programs provide the learner multiple opportunities to examine the challenges, contributions, constraints, and contexts for critical social work practice. Congruent with the School's Mission Statement, critical social work practice is rooted in a vision of socially just engagement in community. The program nurtures accountable and oppositional education, research, and practice in the advancement of decolonization, Indigenous-focused, anti-racist, feminist and queer (among other) social justice struggles. The program does not offer a clinical focus. It supports the experienced practitioner to think critically, creatively and theoretically about practice and policy, and the political contexts within which social work is situated.

We offer three distinct programs that lead to a Master of Social Work degree:

MSW Advanced program

The MSW Advanced program is available to applicants who currently hold a BSW degree from an accredited program.

Thinking about whether UVic Social Work is for you? This short podcast has been prepared by a current MSW student to offer advice to prospective MSWA students. MSWA podcast (mp3 audio)

MSW Indigenous specialization

A specialized program of studies leading to the Master of Social Work degree for social workers working in Indigenous social settings is available to applicants who currently hold a BSW degree from an accredited program. This program is designed to provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills within this Indigenous context. Please note that there is an intake for Non-BSW holders into the Indigenous Specialization every odd numbered year.

MSW Foundation program  ( Non-BSW entry)

The MSW Foundation program includes a qualifying foundation year of studies followed by entry into the MSW Advanced program or MSW Indigenous specialization with permission. This program is designed for applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in another discipline (not social work).

Thinking about whether UVic Social Work is for you? This short podcast has been prepared by a current MSW student to offer advice to prospective MSWF students. MSWF podcast (mp3 audio)


Inquiries regarding the MSW program should be addressed to:
Jaime Ready, MSW Graduate Secretary
Phone: 250-472-5622
Email: