Program information

Department/School School of Social Work - MSW
Waterloo-affiliated university college Renison University College
Admit term(s) Fall (September - December)
Application and document submission deadline(s)

November 15 (for admission in September of the following year)*   

*NOTE: all relevant documents pertaining to your application must be uploaded by December 1

Delivery mode


Please note the first course of the program is offered as a week-long, intensive, on-campus course in August. The remaining courses (beginning in September) will be offered online. 

Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program

12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Coursework

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Minimum 75% average in the final two years of study (equivalent to last 20 half-credit courses).
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited Social Work program. If an applicant's BSW degree is from a country other than Canada, the applicant is required to show proof that their degree is recognized as being equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor of Social Work Degree.
  • Successful completion of a half course in Research Methodology. There is no specific minimum mark requirement.

Application material

  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
    • Three references, two must be professional and the third may be academic or professional
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

 How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually. Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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Program Contact

Keri Raif Sura at
519 884-4404, ext. 28698