About the School of Social Work

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The School of Social Work, located at Renison University College, 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.

All degrees are conferred to our graduating students by the University of Waterloo.  

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Honours Bachelor of Social Work is one of two professional degree programs at Renison. The BSW program prepares students for a generalist social work practice that is critically reflective, competent, and informed by a social justice platform.

All BSW students graduate with a degree from the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is the second professional degree program available at Renison University College and prepares students for a social work practice that specializes in health. The MSW program views health holistically which means that students are challenged to consider how social, cultural, personal, physiological, structural, and political implications shape individual, community, and global health experiences.

All MSW students graduate with a degree from the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Health.

Mission of the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work prepares social work practitioners through an accessible and inclusive curriculum, at both baccalaureate and masters levels, in a learning environment that fosters caring and ethical social work practice within a local and global context. The School is committed to positive social change through the principles of justice, equity and respect for diversity. 

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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.