The School of Social Work at Algoma University offers academic excellence for professional education in Sault Ste Marie and in Timmins. Graduates of the four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree are prepared to practice anti-oppressive social work at the entry-level with diverse populations in a Canadian context and are introduced to anti-racism perspectives. Our programming was developed in consultation with various local employers in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, who have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our programming is designed to help fulfil the need for social workers in northern, rural, and remote regions.
We are aware of the impact that colonial actions, legislation, policy and institutions, including Residential Schools and child welfare systems, have on Indigenous Peoples, and we are committed to preparing students to critically reflect on how their work as future social workers has a role in working to move forward for a better future. The School of Social Work is committed to playing its role in addressing the Calls to Action that have been made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Two Unique Campus Locations
The Sault Ste. Marie campus is located in the heart of the Great Lakes, while the Timmins campus is located on the Mattagami River; each providing truly unique northern experiences. Both locations have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our program is designed to help fulfil the need for social workers in northern, rural and remote regions.
Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff and visitors from all parts of the world. This is what makes Algoma University such a special place.Learn More
As part of any BSW program found in Canada, all students must successfully complete 700 hours of field placement directly related to their studies in social work with established professionals.Learn More
Meet Our Team
Meet the faculty and staff members of the School of Social Work
Dr. Rose Cameron
Director, School of Social Work, Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Social Work Field Education, Admissions and Community Engagement CoordinatorView Contact Info
Dr. Rose Ann Torres
Assistant Professor, School of Social WorkView Contact Info
Ashley Beharriell, B.A, B.Ed
School of Social Work Administrative AssistantView Contact Info
Field Education, Admissions & Engagement CoordinatorView Contact Info
Dr. Dionisio Nyaga
Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
“Attending Algoma University has been a great experience for me. The faculty in at the School of Social Work are outstanding and are truly supportive on all fronts. The program itself has allowed me to grow as a person, and into the social worker I want to be.”
“I believe this is a program that embraces diversity and encompasses what society can become. As a student who is actively working in the social work field, I can confidently say that the BSW program's knowledge can change people's lives. ”
“The BSW program provides opportunities to be able to engage with students, staff and faculty in ways that create relationships and dialogue that promote inclusivity, critical thinking, and social justice. I have been able to draw upon the information provided in various courses to develop methods of practice with individuals, families, and communities in various social contexts.”
“Algoma University has provided me with a culturally rich experience beyond education. The program enriched my development by allowing me to be myself, a young man trying to figure out his purpose and where he belongs.”