Master of Social Work

The School of Social Work at Renison University College is pleased to offer Canada’s first health-focused online Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The MSW Program is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo.

We welcome applications from Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and international students with valid International Student Visas.  All successful applicants must live in Canada for the duration of the program, since Field Education placements must be completed in 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.

Master of Social Work Statement of Educational Philosophy

The Master of Social Work program offered through the School of Social Work at Renison University College, in affiliation with the University of Waterloo, provides students with knowledge and skills in advanced social work practice within a focus on health, research/scholarship, professional leadership, and social work supervision. This degree program is delivered primarily online, with two mandatory, week-long, on-campus Summer Institutes (one at the beginning and the other at the end of the program), allowing students to continue to participate in family and community life while pursuing a post-graduate degree in social work. The MSW program offers a rich and highly interactive learning environment.

Myth-busting about online Learning!

We invite you to review the University of Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning's Myths of Online Courses web page to find out more about how online learning really works!

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Our Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The MSW program is an applied professional degree program that is course-based and practicum-based.

If you have any queries about our MSW program please review our Frequently Asked Questions

If you can't find the answer to your query there, please contact:

School of Social Work, Renison University College