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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 23, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Social Work (PhD)

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Dr. Lea Caragata, Associate Dean, PhD program

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Since September 1987, a doctoral program has been offered by the Faculty of Social Work. This program provides students with the opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth, and prepares graduates for leadership roles in fields such as higher education, research and specialized practice in governmental or private human service organizations.

Program Details

Duration of Program
48 months (FT)
84 months (PT)
For more information on the program requirements

Entrance Requirements

Minimum Standing
MSW or equivalent A-

Application Deadline

Start Date
Application Due
January 15 for first consideration; applications will be accepted until the program is full.


Eligible students admitted to study on a full-time basis for each year of study are given a competitive funding package.

Guaranteed minimum financial support: $19,000

Such support may be made up of:

  • teaching assistantships,
  • internal and/or external scholarship awards,
  • research assistantships,
  • studentships.

Consult the academic program for further details.


Tuition is charged each term. Miscellaneous fees may be charged where applicable.


Normally, a minimum of three years post MSW social work experience is required. In addition, the applicant must provide evidence of a level of professional competence suitable for admission to the PhD program. Evidence of scholarly ability for clear and creative thinking and the ability to pursue independent study is also required.