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Social Work Foundation (MSWF)

The Master of Social Work foundation program is intended for students without a BSW degree. You must have a 4-year undergraduate degree and at least 2 years of full-time human services experience.

We accept students every other September in odd-numbered years. The foundation core courses are delivered on campus in a full-time cohort model.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2 years, with a maximum of 5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
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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You do not need to name a potential supervisor when you apply. We'll help you through this process after you've been admitted.

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Contact Lucas Baird at or 250-472-5622.

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