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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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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 Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities through innovative education and research activities. Applied Health Sciences is a leader in the development of strategies that prevent disease and injury, protect and promote healthy living, optimise physical ability and improve well-being across the life course. 

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.

Diversity

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.


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

School of Social Work, Renison University College
renison.socialwork@uwaterloo.ca

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APPLY ONLINE HERE (Currently CLOSED)


CURRENT STUDENTS COUNSELLING:

In-person or phone counselling is available to students living or studying at Renison, including BSW and MSW students, through Tanya Young, the Student Services Social Worker. Students are welcome to self-refer by filling out appropriate sections of the Intake Referral form.

Online appointments with Tanya Young may be booked here.


Oliver Mweneake, one of our graduated MSW students,  shares his recent volunteer teaching visit at Hope Africa University in Burundi, via his blog, entitled 'Empowering Through Education at Hope Africa University'. The article touches on challenges to social work training in Africa. 

Oliver's Book - Still With Us: Msenwa's Untold Story of War, Resilience and Hope


Watch my MSW Story:  

Graduating student 2015, Susan

Graduating student 2015, Supria, discusses student support at Renison

Graduated student 2014, Nadine

Graduated student 2014, Himansu

​Graduated student 2014, Sabira

Graduated student 2014, Lou

Graduating student 2015, Amna

Graduating student 2015, Natasha


For full-time and part-time students STARTING their studies in the summer 2017, the dates of the first on-campus, week-long Summer Institute, SWK 600R: Diversity and Health, will be the week beginning Monday August 21, 2017.

For those travelling from a distance, arriving at Renison the day before the program starts is recommended - and you are advised NOT to book return flights before 6.00pm on the final day. The program runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday. Students will be required to stay until the close of the course, at 2.00pm on Sunday.  No exceptions will be considered.

NOTE: Advanced readings may be required. Further assignments are due during August/September, after the week's on-campus course has concluded.


For full-time and part-time students COMPLETING their studies in the summer 2017 the date of the final on campus, week-long Summer Institute, SWK 601R: Health Policy, will be the week beginning Monday August 14, 2017.

For those travelling from a distance, arrival at Renison the day before the program starts is recommended - and you are advised NOT to book return flights before 6.00pm on the final day. The program runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday. Students will be required to stay until the close of the course, at 2.00pm on Sunday.  No exceptions will be considered.

Following the on-campus week, this course continues with one week on-line discussion. The final paper will be due approximately August 26** (final date still to be determined).

**Students will be completed all requirements for SWK 601R by August 26 at latest.


Deadlines:

Master of Social Work (MSW) application deadline

The application process for full-time and part-time entry into the MSW program in Fall 2018 will open on September 1 and close on November 15, 2017.  For those who applied to OUAC by the deadline of November 15, you have until December 1 to upload all supporting documentation.


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