The department in which the applicant intends to pursue graduate study must approve the applicant's proposed program and recommend admission to the dean of Graduate Studies.
Note: Official admission to any program of graduate studies is in the form of an Offer of Admission from the dean of Graduate Studies, or in the case of seminary students, from the dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Entry into the programs, faculties and schools of the university is competitive. Possession of the minimum requirements for entry does not guarantee admission.
For admission to the PhD program in social work, applicants must hold a Master of Social Work degree from a recognized university, with at least an A- average in the master's program. Applicants with other graduate degrees and strong social service experience may be considered under exceptional circumstances.
For admission to a PhD program in the faculties of Arts and Science, applicants must normally hold a master's degree from a recognized university with at least an A- standing in all graduate work.
For admission to the PhD program in management, applicants must normally hold a master's degree (or equivalent) in business or a related field with a minimum B+ average. All applicants must submit scores obtained on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). GMAT test scores of at least 85 percentile are standard. Where appropriate, corresponding Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) scores will be accepted.
An applicant who has graduated with a minimum of second-class honours or B standing in the fourth year of an honours program or equivalent at an approved university, and who is accepted as a candidate by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, may enrol as a graduate student in a master's program. A student who does not meet these requirements may apply for admission as a qualifying student.
An applicant who has completed the qualifying year with a minimum of a B standing may apply for admission to the master's program.
Special or additional admission requirements for a specific program, where applicable, are indicated in the sections of the calendar which describe particular programs.
A student who does not meet fully all of the admission requirements, but who does not need to complete as many requirements as a qualifying student, may be admitted as a probationary student. If more than two terms following admission will be required to remove the probationary status, the student must be admitted as a qualifying student. A student who is admitted as a probationary student must either complete some missing requirement(s) while registered, or attain a predetermined level of performance in a course or in course work during the first or second term in a graduate program.
A probationary student must be formally reviewed by the department, school or faculty and a recommendation to either remove the probationary status, or to withdraw from the program, must be forwarded to the dean of Graduate Studies within two terms of the first registration in the program.
In order to be admitted to the master's program, a student must meet the general admission requirements as outlined above. An honours graduate with fewer courses in the selected area of graduate study than are required for admission, or a general (three-year) degree graduate, may be admitted as a qualifying student. The same conditions apply to honours graduates who do not have the number of undergraduate courses in their selected area of graduate study required for admission to a master's program.
Applicants who have graduated with a minimum of B or equivalent standing in the final year of a general program at an approved university and who show special competence in the area in which they propose to pursue graduate studies and who are accepted as candidates by the Graduate Faculty, may enrol as qualifying students. Only under exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the dean of Graduate Studies may graduate courses be included in the qualifying year.
General graduate students are students possessing an honours bachelor's degree or equivalent who are taking one or more graduate courses for credit but are not proceeding to a degree or a diploma at Laurier. Such students are admitted at the discretion of the dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the graduate officer/program director/program co-ordinator.* Courses taken by general graduate students are not normally intended to be used for credit toward a degree in a graduate program at Laurier.
In special circumstances, the dean of Graduate Studies, upon the recommendation of a graduate officer/program director/program co-ordinator, may approve such courses for degree credit to a maximum of up to one half of the required course work for a specific program. In order to obtain credit for courses completed as general graduate students, students must have been recommended for admission to the program and have requested at the time of application that they receive degree credit for specific courses.
*In the case of the seminary programs, the Seminary Admission Committee would make this decision.