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Social Work

Our social work programs nurture education, research and practice in the advancement of decolonization, anti-racism, Indigenous resurgence, feminism, 2SLGBTQ+ liberation struggles, disability justice and other social justice struggles.

We’ll encourage you to think critically, creatively and theoretically about practice, policy and the political contexts within which social work is situated.

All graduate degrees from the School of Social Work are fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).

Degree programs offered

The MSW Foundation (MSWF) program is intended for students without a BSW degree. You must have a 4-year undergraduate degree and at least two years of full-time human services experience.

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

The MSW Advanced (MSWA) program is grounded in the 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 introductory on-campus institute, with the rest of the program completed via distance education. You can choose to write a thesis or complete an Advanced Practicum placement (450 hours) and Capstone course.

The MSWA program is offered each year to applicants who currently hold a BSW degree from an accredited Canadian (CASWE) or international (IASSW) school of social work.

The MSW Indigenous Specialization (MSWI) is designed for practitioners working for and with Indigenous organizations. We recognize that these practitioners work in a fundamentally different historical, cultural and administrative environment to those working in non-Indigenous settings.

Our MSWI program will prompt you to develop your knowledge and skills within this context. You can choose to write a thesis or complete an Advanced Practicum placement (450 hours) and Capstone course.

The MSWI program is offered every other year on even numbered years. It is available to applicants who currently hold a BSW degree from an accredited Canadian (CASWE) or international (IASSW) school of social work.

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Distance
Program delivery:
On-campus, Distance/Off-campus, Other: On-campus (MSWF); Online (MSWIS, MSWA)
Dynamic learning:
Other: Practicum option available

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and international students: December 1 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-472-5622.

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