Welcome to the School of Social Work

Extending a message of care and love

The School of Social Work would like to extend a message of care and love. As the staff and faculty of the school each grappled with the violence and conflict that is occurring across our globe, we came together in dialogue. We hope to extend this dialogue with the rest of our learning community and beyond. With great humility, we encourage and invite you to create space: space for the questions that we can ask of ourselves and of each other about equity and justice, about peace and compassion. We acknowledge the heartache of oppression and colonialism (historical and ongoing) and strive to create relational space for expression, deep reflection and critical praxis.

Trish Van Katwyk, Associate Professor and Director, School of Social Work

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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.

Bachelor of Social Work

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

We also offer a Social Service Worker pathway to a BSW.

Master of Social Work

Our course-based, Health-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program is available through full-time and part-time options. The mostly online format makes the program accessible to students across Canada.

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.


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


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Our Bachelor of Social Work program and our Master of Social Work program are accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.