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Social Work Advanced (MSWA)

Our Master of Social Work Advanced (MSWA) program is grounded in our commitment to socially-just social work. This program is designed to broaden your understanding of the social, cultural, political and practical implications of social work practice.

The program begins with an introduction on-campus and the rest of the program is completed via distance education. You can choose to write a thesis or complete an advanced practicum placement of 450 hours.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
3-5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus, Online, Blended
Dynamic learning:
Other: Practicum option available


Students in this program will:

  • examine the challenges, contributions, constraints and contexts for critical social work practice
  • apply critical social work practice that is rooted in a vision of social justice
  • gain accountable and oppositional education, research, and practice in the advancement of decolonization, Indigenous-focused, anti-racist, feminist and queer (among other) social justice struggles
  • uphold the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in their living, learning and work environments
  • emphasize social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals.

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Contact Lucas Baird at or 250-472-5622.

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