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Social Service Worker (01221)

Social Service Worker graduates can now apply for conditional admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Waterloo. 

Social Development Studies (SDS) at the University of Waterloo offers students a strong foundation for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. By taking a specialization in social work as part of the SDS degree, students will complete 10 social work pre-requisite courses. Students will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and move seamlessly into the 10-month Bachelor of Social Work program.

The School of Social Work prepares students to participate in positive social change through the principles of justice, equity, and respect for diversity. In the BSW program students will take a total of 8 courses and complete a 720 hour practicum in a social service agency.

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Andrea Daley, PhD (she/her)

Professor & Director

School of Social Work

Renison University College, Affiliated with University of Waterloo

240 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3G4

Tel: 519-884-4404 x28621

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