A Message from the School of Social Work



The School of Social Work is preparing a new generation of practitioners, researchers, and change agents through theory and practice opportunities to facilitate the collective welfare and wellbeing of all people and promote human rights and social justice.

We have distinguished ourselves through strong academics as well as a skills-oriented approach to social work practice. A cornerstone of our program is our approach to teaching and learning through interactive and stimulating environments on campus and online.

Our post-BA Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (Honours) program is available through full-time and part-time studies. This program provides students with a first-level professional Social Work degree.

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program is available through full-time and part-time studies. 

The School of Social Work seeks to reflect a diverse student population and welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all ages, gender identities, cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities.

The School of Social Work faculty are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, scholarship, contributions to the field of study and active participation. They are focused on agency-based social work practice, student education, and knowledge-building through research.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the school’s teaching and learning environment. The web site is organized to provide easy access to information about our various programs and activities, introduce you to the people who make up the school community, and link you to useful social work resources. If you have any questions or concerns, we're only an e-mail or phone call away.


Renison University College
Affiliated with the University of Waterloo

In The News...

Media Release: Board of Directors Endorses a Statement of Complicity and Commits to Change

The Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS has committed to ensuring that social work education in Canada contributes to transforming Canada's colonial reality. “This is an important step in engaging social work education in the reconciliation process and supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action” affirms CASWE-ACFTS President, Dr. Susan Cadell.


Congratulations BSW students!

On Monday the 20th of March, our students on placement with the House of Friendship had a surprise meeting with the Attorney General.  

We wanted to bring your attention to the quote from the Attorney General's Office that was shared regarding our BSW students.

“I cannot rave enough about the students who attended the event on Monday and met with the Attorney General. They were engaging and passionate about their program. It was a great conversation! I hope they enjoyed the event as well.”

 The School of Social Work wanted to acknowledge your well deserved praise, and we could not be more proud of the Social Workers each of you are well on your way to becoming. Congratulations!

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre win Award for Diversity and Inclusivity

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Center has been given the Award for Diversity & Inclusivity by the Status of Women & Equity Committee. Amy Smoke, our current BSW student, will be presented with this award at an event on April 18, 2017.

Amy was nominated by MPP Catherine Fife, along with support from Wendy Fletcher, President and Vice-Chancellor, Renison University College; and Shawn Johnston, Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre Events Coordinator, for a community award called "Leading Women Leading Girls". 

Some community members and staff at the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Center participated in filming, interviewing, singing and narrating a short film called "Indigenizing Post Secondary Education" created through Conestoga College and with input from local Juno-nominated artist Alysha Brilla. It has been released to the public and Conestoga College will be hosting an event to "screen the film".

Link to Conestoga College Aboriginal Services

Link to award-winning video

International Opportunities in Social Work: NGO Abroad

We've been informed of some exciting opportunities for social workers to volunteer abroad with NGOAbroad.  Find out more

MSW student writes memoir on living in a refugee camp

picture of the book 'Still With Us'Msenwa Oliver Mweneake, a Master of Social Work student at Renison, has completed a book, Still With Us: Msenwa's Untold Story of War, Resilience and Hope, which chronicles his personal experiences in a refugee camp during the war in DR Congo. The book summary is compelling: Still With Us is a heartbreaking and at-times horrific account of one boy's flight from terror during the 1996 war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Forced to become a father to his two younger siblings and mainstay for other lost children, Msenwa Oliver Mweneake gives his eyewitness account of the carnage of war, including indiscriminate mass murder and rape. He survived the dehumanizing effects of living with tens of thousands in UNHCR refugee camps, battled desperately against governmental and NGO bureaucracy and almost lost hope. Read more about his memoir or how to order a copy on our website.

Did You Know...?

Social Workers are described as 'Super Heros'!  

Watch this inspirational video 'Social Workers as Super-Heros', given by Anna Scheyett, Dean of the College of Social Work at USC.

Previous In the News - Did you know...?

Application Deadlines:

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) application deadline

Full-time program: 

Application process for entry in fall 2017 IS NOW closed.  

Part-time program: 

The application process for entry into Winter 2018 is now OPEN. The deadline to apply is July 5, 2017. 

Master of Social Work (MSW) application deadline

The application process for full-time and part-time entry into the MSW program in Fall 2018 will open on September 1 and close on November 15, 2017.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration: Hilary M Weston Scholarship

Ontario Undergraduate Scholarships

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