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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
April 16, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Through an applied focus at the local scale, the Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) is committed to engaged scholarship informed by critical social justice/environmental justice theories and approaches.

Social and environmental justice is grounded in human rights and the dignity of every human being. It is based on the principles of solidarity, sustainability and equality. Social and environmental injustices are underpinned by a suite of common factors including class, poverty, racism, gender discrimination and lack of due process that marginalize people and communities.The MA in SJCE fosters students’ abilities to investigate and understand these root causes and to engage in the active promotion of social and environmental justice principles and the resolution of community-level injustices.

Through course work, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), students will develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. The program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through the community placement and research capabilities that culminate in the capstone MRP. This provides students with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue into doctoral research or obtain employment in this sector.


 Laurier has a total of 67 OGS awards to make for the 2014-2015 academic year: 64 to domestic/permanent resident students and 3 to students studying (or proposing to study) at Laurier on a Study Permit. Applications are posted on the FGPS website here.


February 3 – all applications received in FGPS

February 7 – applications and applicant list will be posted on shared J drive for department review. 

February 28 – applicant lists due in FGPS; applications deemed ineligible will be confirmed by FGPS and those students will be notified

March 12 – applications posted to selection committees

Week of April 7 selection committees will meet

April 15 – results will be released to students

For full details, please contact either Celine Taillefer-Travers at, or Maggie Haskell at 

Contact Information:

Dr. Brenda Murphy 

Graduate Coordinator, SJCE MA Program 519.756.8228 ext. 571 

Office Hours: By appointment only

Although the deadline for first consideration for the MA in SJCE has passed, applications are still being accepted until the program is full.