Ubc Okanagan Social Work Admissions Essay

Why study sociology at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career possibilities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options range from public policy analyst, to social worker, social statistician, lawyer, youth worker, demographer, and media analyst.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on globalization, Canadian society, social inequality, or social control—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Applied research
Learn how to apply historical analysis, participant observation, surveys, and field experiments to better serve global social justice. Choose to be part of real change by sharing in the Faculty’s vision of an alternative world that is not only possible but also desirable.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in sociology, the study of human behaviour as it’s shaped by society and the effect it has on the social contexts in which we all live. Examples of such contexts include informal groups, families, classrooms, cities, work organizations, transnational cultures, and societies.

Sociologists use a variety of research methods such as historical analysis, participant observation, surveys, and field and laboratory experiments. The department of sociology at UBC Okanagan is committed to a sociological imagination that challenges students to apply their theoretical and analytical skills to exploring, understanding, and exposing how power, privilege, and inequality are controlled, secured and expressed by the few for the domination of the many.

Graduates of the sociology program may go on to work in diverse fields that require an understanding of the constructed nature of social life and use well-developed abilities to think, reason, write, and research.

In sociology undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) major or minor in sociology.


UBC Okanagan’s sociology program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover Canadian social issues, race and ethnicity, media and society, sociology of gender, crime and society, and the sociology of Latin America, China and India.

Sample courses:

  • SOCI 212 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 216 – Introduction to Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 249 – Crime and Society
  • SOCI 426 – Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 432 – Sociology of Fear

Browse sociology courses and descriptions.

Degree Overview

The following links take you to sociology program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about graduate studies in sociology.

Visit the sociology homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degrees. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program.

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

Program Options

All students admitted to the M.S.W. program will be entered into the Course-based option automatically.  After the start of your program, if you wish to complete the Thesis-based option, it will be in your best interests to consult with the School of Social Work at your earliest opportunity at ask.socialwork@ubc.ca.

Professional Program

When you accept admission to the M.S.W. program, you agree to conduct yourself as a student of a graduate level professional program.  Thus, you agree to abide by the policies of the School of Social Work and the College of Graduate Studies as well as UBC, and agree to adhere to the professional values and Code of Ethics of the Social Work profession:

School of Social Work policy on personal suitability for the social work profession: https://www.socialwork.ok.ubc.ca/home/our-vision-2/personal-suitability/.

Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice: https://www.casw-acts.ca/en/what-social-work/casw-code-ethics


A Statement of Purpose must be included as part of your application (maximum 1,000 words).  The Admissions Committee, in its evaluation of the Statement of Purpose, will rate the essay’s clarity and relevance as well as the student’s fit with our clinical and direct practice social work program.

Your Statement of Purpose should be single-spaced and must address the items in the list below. You are encouraged to use question-and-answer format with these statements/questions as headings.

  1. Confirm you have read the Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Practice.  (A simple one-sentence acknowledgement is sufficient.)
  2. Explain your motivation for entering the field of Social Work.
  3. What social issue (and client population) would you like to learn to professionally address at the clinical graduate level?
  4. Identify and explain your specific focus/topic within your general area of interest.
  5. Explain what makes this specific topic important to social work from a historical, societal, and current perspective.
  6. Describe a specific situation in which your personal beliefs, life circumstances or personal values conflicted with those of: your employer, a client, a customer, or the work group to which you belonged.  Describe the way in which you managed or resolved this dilemma.

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