Bachelor of Social Work

Create Positive Change through Justice, Equity, and Respect for Diversity

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) will prepare you for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. The BSW is offered through an accessible and inclusive curriculum, in a learning environment that fosters caring and ethical social work practice within a local and global context. At Waterloo, you’ll learn a broad range of social work practice theories, approaches, and skills to advance your understanding of social injustices as well as your ability to participate in social transformation.

The School of Social Work recognizes that your passion for social work may be influenced by life experiences that are shaped by racism, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, anti-Indigenous racism and colonization, sexism and cissexism, homophobia and transphobia, classism, and ableism, among other forms of discrimination. We seek to support a teaching and learning community that values diverse experiences, knowledges, and perspectives.

Why pursue a BSW at Waterloo?

  • Complete your post-graduate degree in as little as 10-months
  • Unparalleled support from the Program Manager, Director, Field Consultants, Field Instructors, Faculty, Staff, and Peers
  • Gain knowledge and skills in social work practice with a focus on social justice, research/scholarship, and professional leadership

BSW Information Session

Are you thinking about doing a Bachelor of Social Work Degree at Renison University College?

The BSW application process for the full-time option for entry in fall 2023, is now CLOSED.

The BSW application process for the part-time option is now OPEN.

Application information

BSW Information Session PowerPoint

BSW Information Session

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:  Brenda Maciel, (519) 884-4404, ext 28609,

The BSW program inspired me to do my best in my chosen career. I have become passionate about seeking social justice and equality for the oppressed, irrespective of gender, age, race, religion, ability and sexual orientation. 

Martha, BSW graduate