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Social Work (Foundational)

University of the Fraser Valley
September 2020
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Social Work (Foundational)

UFV's three-year Foundational Master of Social Work (MSW) involves one-year of undergraduate social work courses, which involves three-semesters, 33 credits and a required 450-hour practicum.  Students will then ladder into the MSW program, which provides an advanced practice knowledge and the skills you need to move into a leadership role.  The MSW component of the program involves five-semesters, 30 credits and includes a required 450-hour practicum.  The Foundational program is also offered every two years in odd years.

UFV's Master of Social Work program builds on the success of UFV's Bachelor of Social Work program, and draws on the expertise of the School’s experienced and diverse faculty members. Strong relationships and consultation with community agencies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland enhance the delivery of the MSW, particularly in terms of practicum placements and supervision.

The program is CASWE–ACFTS nationally accredited.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a three- or four-year Bachelor’s degree in an allied program (for example, Child and Youth Care, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Education) from a recognized institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.00. GPA will be calculated on the most recently completed 30 credits (or equivalent) of upper-level university courses
  • Two years of volunteer work or paid employment (3,000 hours) in social services or a closely related field
  • Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and nature of social work and their alignment with professional social work codes of ethics
  • Interview with the MSW committee may be required.
  • Personal statement 
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement

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Program content

Core courses include: 

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Social Work Theory and Ethics
  • Legal Knowledge for Social Work Practice
  • Anti-Racist and Cross Cultural Social Work
  • Aboriginal Social Work
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • MSW Foundation Year Practicum

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 


Master of Social Work (MSW) degree

Career opportunities

The British Columbia 2025 Labor Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

When registered, social workers who have completed a Master's Degree find increased opportunities to move into leadership roles in the field. They may work as administrators, teachers, case managers, or program developers in human services. They may also conduct research or work in the area of policy development for social or government agencies.

In fact, many graduates of the Master of Social Work program have done exactly that, and now work in leadership positions, private practice, or teaching positions in the local and surrounding communities.

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...

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University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia

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