Carleton’s School of Social Work places strong emphasis on the interactions between people and their environments. We look for innovative ways to assist people to engage in society and to achieve their own sense of meaning and accomplishment in a rapidly changing world. Our program is geared towards those who enjoy working with diverse populations and have strong interests in promoting social justice. The program works toward equipping you with the knowledge and skills that are necessary for working sensitively with individuals, groups, and communities, and for critically analyzing social policies and programs.

Bachelor of Social Work

The BSW program combines a liberal arts education with a professional social work education. In first year, you will take a range of courses outside of social work and one main social work course which introduces you to the profession and the programs and policies that comprise the welfare state.

The School of Social Work is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE); in our last accreditation review in 2012, the BSW program received the highest standing.

Carleton’s Capital Advantage

As a large urban centre, Ottawa provides many interesting possibilities for field work in diverse settings. Our students have had placements in a variety of organizations including child protection and children’s services; community health centres; women’s health and crisis centres; non-government organizations; municipal and federal government departments; probation, parole and prison services; and hospitals.

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Where can a degree in Social Work take you?*

The graph under “All Records” shows outcomes from all Social Work alumni we followed. For a focus on more recent alumni, see the graph under “Since 2005.”

Examples of Alumni Job Titles (all records)

Addiction Counselor
Adoption Worker
Alcohol Strategy

Business Manager:
-social service agency
Case Worker
Centre Support Worker
Child Protection Worker
Child Abuse Counselor
Child Services Officer
Client Intake Worker
Client Coordinator:
-non-profit agency
Community Developer
Community Outreach

-community health centre
Constituent Assistant:
-provincial government
Crisis Worker
-child services
-home health care agency
-religious diocese
-treatment services
Employment Counselor
Front-line Worker:
-homeless shelter
Gender Specialist
Healing Coordinator:
-indigenous agency
Housing Social Worker
Human Resources

Information Officer
Intensive Support

-military agency
-police service
-social service agency
Medical Doctor
Mentoring Coordinator
Multicultural Case

Outreach Worker
Policy Analyst:
-federal government
-municipal government
-provincial government
Post-Secondary Counselor
Probation Officer
Program Coordinator:
-post-incarceration program
Registered Nurse
Senior Advisor:
-federal government
Settlement Counselor:
-immigrant services
Social Worker:
-community health centre
-emergency services
-federal government
-geriatric rehabilitation
-indigenous agency
-municipal government
-rehab centre
-school board
Union Official
University Professor
Withdrawal Counselor
Youth Worker

Alumni Experiences​

Mary-Martha Hale

Gilbert Whiteduck

Fireda Ahmed

Filip Szadurski

Chris Brown

Natasha Pei

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*The information represented in these displays is drawn from databases maintained by Carleton’s Alumni Services. Some degree names have changed over time; current degree names are used here. The information was voluntarily provided by some of our graduates and does not represent a scientific sample of all graduates. Some students in this sample will have also completed other degrees, including at more advanced levels. Individual experiences and outcomes can differ from those represented here.

Program Information

  • Required Courses: English (ENG4U)
  • Cut off Range: 75-80%

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