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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Since its inception in 1966, the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) has developed and maintained a reputation for excellence.

In September 2006, the faculty opened its doors at the historic St. Jerome’s College/High School, in the heart of downtown Kitchener just four kilometres from the Waterloo campus. Home to our Master of Social Work (MSW) and PhD programs, the Laurier FSW's Kitchener location is a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, housing seven classrooms (including a unique circular classroom for the MSW Indigenous Field of Study), a computer lab, a 2,000 square foot library, an interview-viewing room, a large conference/lecture hall, a community meeting space, a student lounge, and a spiritual room.

The FSW’s downtown Kitchener location places us in proximity to numerous community agencies, and we enjoy strong partnerships with the social services sector both in research and in field opportunities for students. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program on Laurier's Brantford campus started in September 2014 and we hope to develop similarly strong partnerships with the social services sector, as well as with Six Nations of the Grand River.

The FSW is governed through a committee structure that includes representation from faculty, students, field instructors and alumni. We are committed to providing a friendly, respectful and inclusive learning environment. Whether you are a prospective or current student, field instructor, alumnus, or community partner, we hope you find information on the website helpful and we welcome your feedback.


As a new program, the BSW program successfully applied to the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) for pre-accreditation in 2015, and then for the first accreditation in 2018.

The MSW program is accredited by CASWE; it has been fully accredited by CASWE in 1974, 1980, 1986, 1991, 1998, 2005, 2012, and 2019.

Donating to the Faculty of Social Work

FSW recognizes the generosity of community, alumni and corporate contributions that have helped establish our Kitchener location and which continue to support the development of our work. 

Our faculty and students engage in a wide variety of programs, outreach and research that build on strong connections to the community and develop innovative opportunities for collaboration. Financial contributions facilitate the development of, and enable us to continue to provide, unique learning and engagement opportunities for our students.

Providing financial assistance for students, through scholarships, bursaries or awards, is instrumental in helping students focus on their program and maximize their educational experience and success. Options are available to contribute to existing financial aid opportunities or to establish new ones, perhaps in honour of someone who has contributed significantly to the field of social work.


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