Future Students - BSW Part-Time Program

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The Bachelor of Social Work, offered as a part-time professional degree program at Renison University College, prepares students for ethical, critically reflective, anti-oppressive, competent, and accountable social work practice.

All our students graduate with a highly respected Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo, renowned for its spirit of innovation and its outstanding academic programs.

Our program offers:

  • Part-time studies which provides flexibility by allowing students to earn their degree within 3 years. Most of the courses are offered on campus. A few courses are offered fully online. There are also 'multi-modal' courses with on-campus and on-line components. Note: This is NOT an online program.
  • Conditional Admission for applicants who have a BA (or equivalent), from an accredited university, but who lack the  required pre-requisite courses
  • Small classes with opportunities for interaction with classmates and teachers
  • Field practicum opportunities which are supported by a large network of social service agencies and organizations.  Part-time students practicum requirements will entail a minimum of two 7-hour days per week between Monday and Friday during business hours.   
  • Applicants to the University of Waterloo who hold a Social Service Worker diploma (or equivalent) and who are applying to the SDS/BSW pathway at Renison University College are eligible for conditional admission consideration to the BSW Program. This will be conditional on their completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies (SDS) with a 70% minimum GPA (including the 10 BSW pre-requisite social work courses with a 75% overall). This constitutes a one-step pathway to the BSW degree.

        For questions about the SDS/BSW Pathway and how to apply, contact: Samantha Kopecki

  • Mature Student Admissions for applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent) four or more years prior to applying and who do not meet the minimum required 70% overall average may be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program upon completion of the prerequisite courses with a cumulative overall average in the courses of at least 75%.

  • Effective winter 2024, the part-time BSW will be moving to a blended learning environment. Blended learning courses are primarily online but will have one or two in-person elements each semester. For more information, please contact renison.bswadmissions@uwaterloo.ca 

        Please contact Keri Raif Sura for further information: kraif@uwaterloo.ca

Program​ structure  

Part-time studies may be completed within three years of university study. Two courses are offered in each semester. Most of the courses are on campus. A few courses are offered fully online. There are multi-modal offerings with on-campus and on-line components. Part-time students practicum requirements will entail a minimum of two 7-hour days per week between Monday and Friday during business hours. NOTE: this is NOT an online program.


The degree of Honours Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is awarded by the University of Waterloo upon successful completion of the requirements of the program. No degree will be granted to a student who does not complete the program requirements, including the cumulative overall average of 75%. Convocation for all BSW students takes place at the Fall convocations of the University of Waterloo and Renison. Part-time students, who complete their degree on or before the end of the winter term, may also convocate at the Spring convocations.

BSW graduates are eligible to apply for Master of Social Work (MSW) programs at Canadian universities and for MSW programs in the United States.

See also the Renison Registrar's Office Convocation Information.


Accreditation of professional social work education programs in Canada is a function of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE), a national association of university and college faculties, schools, departments, modules, and individuals offering professional education in social work at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.

CASWE accredits professional social work education Programs in Canada at bachelor and master levels. Accreditation is focussed on a Program of study as opposed to an institution, such as school, faculty, or department. The Bachelor of Social Work in the School of Social Work is an accredited Program.


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