UVic students studying

Study what you're passionate about

Our programs emphasize social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families and individuals. (Graduation November 2018) Photo: Melvin Peters

Become a student
MSW Students studying together

Learn where you live

Our online and distance education programs let you live, work and learn in your home community. Photo: Melvin Peters

Distance education
Shaylyn Crisp and Marleah Shaughnessy

Make a difference

Practicum student Shaylyn Crisp (right) working with supervisor Marleah Shaughnessy organizing the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre's annual youth conference Gathering our Voices. Photo: Melvin Peters

Practicum placements
Indigenous Elder in the UVic First Peoples House addressing a crowd

Indigenous Child Welfare Specialization

The School of Social Work Indigenous initiatives promote Indigenous helping and healing practices through Indigenous specializations, activities and supports for Indigenous students.

Indigenous initiatives
Cheryl Moir-van Iersel receiving the Award for Teaching Excellence and Educational Leadership

Innovative Teaching Methods

Cheryl Moir-van-Iersel, Assistant Teaching Professor at the School of Social Work (left) wins the Faculty of Human and Social Development’s prestigious Award for Teaching Excellence and Educational Leadership. Photo by: Melvin Peters.

Innovative Teaching Methods
Dr. Billie Allan and Dr. Rhonda Hackett

Victoria Community Leadership Awards 2019

Our faculty makes a significant contribution to social work theory and practice. Feted by Leadership Victoria at their gala awards event held May 23, 2019, our two assistant professors, Dr. Billie Allan and Dr. Rhonda Hackett were recognized for their empowering academic research. Photo: Leadership Victoria

Our research
Three of the four 2018 Alayne Hamilton Community Social Work Award recipients.

Alayne Hamilton Community Social Work Award

The School of Social Work honours community based social workers that make an invaluable contribution to addressing social justice. Photo: Melvin Peters.

Social Work in Action
Spirit Bear and his PAWhD

UVic awards PAWhD in Social Work

At the November 2018 convocation, Spirit Bear was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of their tireless advocacy for the rights of Indigenous children. Photo: Melvin Peters

The Caring Society

Share our commitment. Bring justice to life.

COVID-19 updates for the School of Social Work

The UVic School of Social Work offices are closed as part of the COVID-19 response—we are working remotely. Please check our latest updates below:

Video message from Director September 21, 2020.

Find information for students and faculty on UVic's COVID-19 resource page.

Social work is a global profession founded on social justice, and addresses broad social issues such as poverty, child welfare, health care, human rights and the environment. Learn in a supportive on-campus and online environment that promotes equity, respect, responsibility, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking and creativity.

Our undergraduate (BSW) and graduate programs (MSWF, MSWA, MSWI) nurture accountable and critically engaged social work 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 acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.  Learn more.

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