The emerging vision of the School of Social Work in both its undergraduate and graduate programs commits us to social justice and anti-oppressive social work practices, and to promoting critical enquiry that respects the diversity of knowing and being.
Our educational mission within the Master of Social Work Program is to prepare social workers skilled in critical self-reflection and with an advanced analytic understanding of the social, cultural, political and practical implications of their work. In particular, we emphasize structural, feminist, Indigenous and anti-oppressive analysis within a context of interdisciplinary work in an effort to link policy to practice.
Department of Social Work
Location: Human and Social Development Building, Room B302
Mailing Address:School of Social Work
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Courier Address:Human & Social Development Building, Room B302
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Telephone Number: 250-721-8036
Fax Number: 250-721-6228
Director: Dr. Pam MillerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Adviser: Dr. Donna JefferyEmail: email@example.com
Graduate Program Adviser: Meg ThompsonEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Secretary: Jaime ReadyEmail: email@example.com
The School of Social Work offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Social Work that is fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work. BSW and non-BSW graduate students may focus on child welfare, health or international work (resources permitting).
The program is designed to provide BSW graduate students and non-BSW graduate students, who have successfully completed their foundation coursework, with the opportunity to reflect on their practice experience in the context of the School's mission statement and to develop critical skills and their application to practice and/or research. Note: The terms Foundation Year and Advanced Year refer to a menu of courses, both required and elective, and do not specify a particular timeframe of completion. The School offers three options to complete a MSW:
BSW entry to MSW Degree: Qualified BSW degree holders enter the MSW Advanced program.
Non-BSW entry to the MSW degree: Qualified non-BSW degree holders undertake foundational coursework that prepares them for the Advanced coursework at which time they join the BSW degree holders who have entered the the MSW Advanced program. Those who are qualified may also apply to complete their Advanced Year of study with the MSW Indigenous Specialization.
MSW with an Indigenous specialization: The School of Social Work has a specialized program of studies leading to the Master of Social Work degree for social workers working in Indigenous social settings. This program is designed to provide social workers working in Indigenous communities with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills within this context.
The MSW Advanced program will be offered through a combination of summer institute and web-based delivery of instruction and all of the courses will be offered through the School.
The MSW Indigenous specialization program will be offered every other year through a combination of summer institute and web-based delivery of instruction. Students within the specialization will begin the program in the summer session by taking SOCW 521 which has an on-campus component.
The Non-BSW MSW program will be offered on-campus. Foundation coursework begins in May. Intake to this program is every other uneven calendar year.
All students must complete a thesis or a social work Advanced Practice practicum and research project under the supervision of a faculty member of the School of Social Work, unless an alternate supervisor is approved by the Director. General student policies can be found on the online MSW Student Program Guide available at the School of Social Work website: <www.socialwork.uvic.ca/docs/msw/MSWprogramguide.pdf>.
All new applicants are evaluated for the University Fellowship. The minimum standard required for consideration is a first-class standing (A-). Grade calculations and equivalencies are determined by the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. The process is competitive and meeting the minimum standard for consideration does not guarantee that you will be successful in the competitition.
A number of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available to full-time students. The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides a list of available awards and necessary applications online at <web.uvic.ca/gradstudies/fund/funding.html> or through their office in the University Centre. Information on bursaries and scholarships can be found at the UVic Student Awards & Financial Aid Office, located in the University Centre, or through their website at <registrar.uvic.ca/safa>. In addition, the provincial, territorial and federal governments each offer student loans to full-time candidates who meet the requirements.
Students are encouraged to apply to postings that are advertised on the School's listserv, where additional opportunities may be provided.
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