MSW Advanced program

The MSW Advanced (MSWA) program is grounded in the commitment to socially just social work. The program is intended to broaden social work practitioners’ understanding of the social, cultural, political and practical implications of their work. It is offered through a combination of an on-campus institute at the beginning of the program and distance education.

Delivery method

The MSWA program is delivered primarily through distance education, with the exception of one mandatory on-campus session scheduled for August of each year. Students must attend the mandatory session in the August that they are admitted to our program.

Students in the MSWA complete 15 units comprised of course work, and one of two completion options: thesis or course-based. For more information about the required courses and completion options, please see the Delivery method and course plan page.

Are you ready for graduate education?

Admissions to all of our MSW programs are highly competitive, and we particularly look for candidates who can evidence a “fit” with our curriculum, Mission Statement and Program Objectives.  Students must ensure that they have read through and reflected on this information and demonstrate in their application that our program is right for them.

Most graduate courses require about 9-12 (or more) hours of work per week per course. Graduate education, even if by distance, can never be done “off the side of your desk.” Time management skills are essential for success. Classroom courses involve 3 hours per week per course, plus about 6-9 of reading and assignment preparation. On-line courses require about 3-4 hours per week preparing and participating in weekly on-line original postings and discussion, with an additional 6-8 hours a week preparing assignments.

Check out this self-assessment activity for information on things to consider before you begin the application process to the MSW program.

Technology requirements

All students admitted to the MSW program must have computer and high speed internet access for the duration of their program of studies in order to participate in courses delivered by web based learning, and for program administration purposes. Students require a UVic Netlink ID, and it is strongly recommended that students use a UVic e-mail address. Visit the UVic Learning Anywhere site for more information about distance education.

Contact information

MSW Program Assistant