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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 29, 2015

Canadian Excellence



  1. To be eligible for this advanced standing program, applicants must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited program in a university of recognized standing.
  2. Academic background must include a half-credit course in research methodology. Students in the Aboriginal Field of Study do not require statistics.
  3. Applicants must have at least a B (73%) standing in the final academic year of their BSW degree (equivalent of 10 half-year courses). For students completing their final year of undergraduate study, eligibility is determined on the basis of the last completed academic year at the time of application.
  4. Evidence of paid and/or voluntary experience in human service organizations, awareness of contemporary social issues and social work values, demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, and motivation for a career as a professional social worker is assessed on the basis of application material.
  5. Although this program is open to students of all cultural backgrounds, candidates for the Aboriginal field of study must also have some familiarity with the traditional wholistic healing approach and/or have used it in their practice. This will be demonstrated through a personal statement, references and an admissions interview.

The admission cycle for the MSW Aboriginal Field of Study is now OPEN! To apply click here.

Our Master of Social Work Aboriginal Field of Study degree intake for September 2016 includes:

  • Full-time at the Kitchener Campus
  • Part-time in partnership with Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute in M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island
The next intake for the part-time program in partnership with First Nation Technical Institute is September 2017.