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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 1, 2015

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Thank you for your interest in Wilfrid Laurier University and the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

Online Application System Notices:†

The online graduate application system is open. †

We are moving!†
The online application system will be closed on Monday, October 27th from 8am-12:30pm. During that time, we are moving our application system to Laurier's†fresh, new and stylish website. We are excited about the change and hope to minimize any disruptions to those applying for admission. † †

Applying for admission to a degree program in the†Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies requires the completion of two steps:†

  1. complete our online application;
  2. assemble and mail the required supplementary materials to the†appropriate address (see Application Checklists).

The University's priority application deadline is JANUARY 15 annually, for programs commencing in September.

Some programs have different application deadlines; review the Application Checklist for your desired program for the specific application deadline.

You are advised to review the general application guidelines contained in the links below, prior to completing the online application. All programs require the submission of supplementary materials which you must compile and mail to Wilfrid Laurier University by the deadline date. Required supplementary materials and application deadlines vary; review the†Application Checklists†for details. If you have any questions or require additional information, contact the Graduate Co-ordinator of the program to which you are applying, or the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Office.

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Admission Requirements

A list of available graduate programs is located here.

Before you apply, ensure you meet the admission requirements and that the program you wish to undertake will meet your academic and career goals. Full admission requirements are outlined in the Graduate Studies Calendar. You should also visit the academic departmentís website for further information. A graduate program co-ordinator is available to answer your questions on each graduate program; a list of these individuals is available here.

Entry into the programs, faculties and schools of the university is competitive. Possession of the minimum requirements for entry does not guarantee admission.

International Applicants

International applicants should review the section on International Students and International Credentials.

Applicants are advised that it may take several months from the time of admission to the receipt of a study permit and should consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for full details.

Students admitted to Wilfrid Laurier University on a Study Permit must present their valid Permit (and temporary resident visa, if applicable) to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office to confirm their registration by no later than the last date of late registration for the term of entry.

Applying to More than One Graduate Program

You may apply for admission to several graduate programs on a single application form. An application fee will be required for each program.

Supplementary materials, as outlined in the Application Checklists, must also be forwarded for each program to which you are applying.

Reference Letters

References are required in support of an application for admission to Wilfrid Laurier University.

Contact your references before you apply online to confirm their availability, e-mail (employee e-mail only) and mailing address.

Some programs require professional references in addition to those from academic instructors (check the†Application Checklists†carefully). Academic references can assess your academic achievements, your motivation to enter the program selected, and your creative and intellectual promise. Professional references can speak to your work and/or volunteer experience as related to your proposed program of study. The referee should be able to comment on your aptitude and motivation required for this career choice, and the relevance of this program to your career path.

Referees will receive an e-mail with instructions on submitting forms electronically after your application is submitted and fees have been processed. Referees have two weeks to complete the reference, and will receive two reminders within that time frame.

Official Transcripts

Applications for admission must be accompanied by official transcripts and graduation certificates (where applicable) for all previous undergraduate and graduate work. One copy is sufficient. Transcripts are considered official only if they are received in an envelope bearing the institution's name which is sealed and signed on the flap by a person in the office issuing the transcript (or bears a university seal). Applicants must not open the envelope. Transcripts must show all coursework completed and grades received. Evidence of degree completion is required; if the transcript does not state that the degree was granted, a copy of the degree and graduation certificates must accompany the transcript. =2>

Applicants who attended a university or college in Ontario may order transcripts through the web application (EDI transcript) when the online application is submitted. A request for an EDI transcript can only be completed if a corresponding entry for the same institution exists in the Academic Background section of the online application. Applicants who attended a university or college outside of Ontario must provide official transcripts issued in the official language of instruction of the issuing institution. If that language of instruction is not English or French, the transcript must be accompanied by a certified literal translation issued by the institution or another recognized authority (eg, a government office). Some programs (eg, MBA) also require professional assessments of foreign credentials (more information on this process). =2>


  1. previous or current Wilfrid Laurier University students do not need to submit a Laurier transcript, but are required to submit all other transcripts; =2>
  2. all documents and transcripts submitted in support of an application become the property of Wilfrid Laurier University and will not be returned; transcripts will be verified for authenticity; Wilfrid Laurier University reserves the right to cancel admission or registration in any cases where documentation or information is found to have been misrepresented or falsified; Wilfrid Laurier University may disclose information on falsified documents with other Canadian universities, as well as with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. =2>
Test Scores

Some programs require tests such as the GMAT or GRE. Test results must be sent to Wilfrid Laurier University directly from the original source. Where available, a photocopy of your results can be included in your application package.†

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to graduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. Official test results must be submitted to Wilfrid Laurier Universityís Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies directly from the testing agency.

More information on acceptable English Language Tests and scores is available.

Fee for Application for Admission

A non-refundable application fee is required for each program to which you are applying. This fee is payable to the Ontario Universities Application Centre at the time you are completing your online application. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.

Application fees vary by program, as follows:

  • MA/MES/MSc/PhD (Faculty of Arts & Science): $100
  • MSW, MMT, PhD (Faculty of Social Work): $125
  • MBA, MFin, PhD (Business): $125
  • General Graduate Students: $50
Mailing Instructions for Application Package

Review the Application Checklists to ensure you submit all the supporting documents required for admission. Ensure your package is mailed to the correct mailing address for your program, by the deadline noted.

Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials (as noted on the Application Checklist) are submitted correctly and promptly, as application fees are non-refundable.†

Offers of Admission

Only offers of admission from the Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies are valid. Communication with a program representative or a faculty member does not constitute an offer of admission. Wilfrid Laurier University may revoke an offer of admission and cancel registration for admission if it finds that the applicant has provided false or incomplete information.

Deferral of Offer of Admission

Wilfrid Laurier University recognizes that after being newly admitted, some students will encounter unique personal circumstances that represent legitimate reasons for requesting a deferral of admission. The Faculty of Graduate Studies grants deferrals at its discretion, only in highly exceptional cases and on a restricted basis.†

Review the policy on deferrals of Offers of Admission.†

Financial Information

Applicants for admission should review the tuition and incidental fees and funding opportunities associated with graduate study at Wilfrid Laurier University. It is the studentís responsibility to ensure that sufficient funds are available to pursue the degree. Information concerning tuition and incidental fees, as well as funding opportunities, should be reviewed carefully.

Your Privacy

Applicants for admission will be asked to read and consent to the following privacy statement:

Application information is collected under the authority of the Wilfrid Laurier University Act to administer the university-student relationship. This includes but is not limited to maintaining your academic and ancillary records, contacting you, and others on your behalf, and releasing such information as is appropriate for the operation of the university. Visit our Privacy Co-ordinator's web-page (under "Resources") for more examples of potential uses of your personal information. Questions may be directed to the coordinator at or 519-884-07810, ext 3637.