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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
January 28, 2015

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Admission Requirements

Updated May 20, 2011

Program Contact: Graduate Assistant

We regret to inform you that admissions to the Master's of Education program at Wilfrid Laurier University have been suspended indefinitely. We will post an update on the program's status when more information is available. We thank you for considering Wilfrid Laurier for your graduate education program.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Colleen Willard-Holt, Dean, Faculty of Education ( or Dr. Joan Norris, Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies (

Admission to the program is granted by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies on the recommendation of the Graduate Admission Committee, Faculty of Education. Enrollment in the Faculty of Education is limited and fulfillment of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Academic and Experiential Requirements:

  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing in the final two years of study, AND
  • Two years professional experience.


  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing in the final two years of study, AND
  • Minimum "B" standing in a Bachelor of Education degree program.

Statement of Interest:

A statement of interest of no more than 500 words outlining the following: Discuss your formal academic education and how it prepares you for a Master of Education program. Describe your area(s) of research and/or education interest. Describe why you want to pursue your Master of Education at WLU. Discuss how your other life experiences enhance your thinking about educational issues and your participation in a Master of Education program.

Additional requirements:

Two references - one of which must be an academic reference. The other can be either professional reference or an academic reference. References from AQ instructors are considered academic references (forms online);

One sample of your scholarly writing (10-20 pages in length) or a writing sample of 1200-1500 words on an educational topic of your interest.

International Applicants:

International applicants must have minimum English proficiency and will have to undergo credential assessment. For more information see: .

Recommended additional requirements:

  • Honours degree;
  • Bachelor of Education degree;
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience OR experience within the field of education.

Notes & Exceptions:

Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis via alternate admission procedures. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.

Click here for information on policies related to advanced standing requests.

Please note: This program has a summer start.