How can I get a BSW?

Renison school of Social WorkThe Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a 10 month (full-time) or within 3 years (part-time) program that is an excellent option for anyone who is looking to become a registered Social Worker. We understand that students who are interested in this degree can come from a variety of educational backgrounds, making the pathway to obtaining a BSW unique for each of you. This pathways page is designed to help you understand how you can attain a BSW degree from Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. If you still have questions, feel free to contact Margaret Girodat via email or by phone at 519-884-4404 x28597.

If you do not meet any of the criteria listed above, you have a few options:

1) Upgrade your high school credits: Take grade 12 4U English (minimum 70%) along with 5 other U/M credits (minimum overall average of 80%).

2) Upgrade your college credits: Take 1 or 2 English/Communications courses with a minimum of 70%, and raise your overall average to 85% (for a 1 year diploma) or 75% (for 2 and 3 year diplomas).

3) Take 4 university level credits at the 200 level: Choose 4 credits in a variety of Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology etc), and be sure to include an English course if you don't have grade 12 4U English. Attain an overall average of at least 65%. Some of these credits may be eligible for transfer credit status.

Enhance your Social Work Skills

Renison's School of Social Work offers a 1-year (full-time) or 2-year (part-time) online Master of Social Work (MSW) which provides students the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge following a Bachelor in Social Work.

Renison's MSW is the first health-focused program of its kind in Canada. Pursuing your MSW can help you explore new career opportunities, effect social change, and have an impact on your community.

Apply to our MSW program to benefit from Renison's experiential approach to teaching, our excellence in online teaching, and competitive field placement program.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact or check our the School of Social Work FAQ page.