Social Work

Graduate from an accredited social work program that qualifies you for success in your chosen social work career path.

Get ready for a career that is both challenging and highly rewarding. As a social worker, you’ll witness the struggles people face with difficult issues like poverty, drug abuse, crime or sexual assault. You’ll also truly make a difference in people’s lives, providing essential support and leaving a positive impact on your community. Through our interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in social justice, human rights, and cultural humility, you’ll develop a strong foundation of clinical knowledge, critical thinking skills, and social responsibility. If you apply and succeed in entering Trent’s competitive professional (third and fourth) years, you’ll have the opportunity to focus exclusively on social work theory and practice.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S.W.


  • Durham GTA
  • Peterborough

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  • Complete 700 hours of hands-on placement in the professional years program, working with mental health, sexual assault, community counselling, and social services organizations
  • Make your mark through the social and community events that take place on campus every day or by joining the Trent Social Work Society
  • Meet leading thinkers and social activists in the field through a variety of on-campus lectures and workshops
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"The thing that I loved about the Social Work program was that it is very feminist-based and really about inclusion and making sure that everybody gets a fair shake and a fair opportunity."

Johnathan Sheehan

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Social Worker
  • Counselling
  • Community Developer
  • Child Welfare
  • Mental Health Counselling
  • Social Policy Analyst

Popular Courses:

  • Social Welfare
  • Social Work Leadership
  • Anti-oppressive Child Welfare
  • Feminist Informed Trauma Practice
  • Social Work Communication
  • Social Work and Indigenous Perspectives
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%
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