Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.
Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.
Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.
Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.
We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.
If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.
The academic transition pathway (ATP) program is offered through our affiliated institution, Wilfrid Laurier International College, and provides an option for meeting our English-proficiency requirement. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English-proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the ATP program.
Graduates from a two-year general Arts and Science diploma program can apply to Communication Studies on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. To be considered for admission to the Faculty of Arts, graduates must have an overall average of 75% in their program, as well as have achieved a minimum of 60% in a 4U English course or equivalent.
Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more.
Communication Studies examines the forms and practices of communication through six areas of emphasis. Choose up to two concentrations to focus on:
Looking to add more to your degree? These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:
Check out other options to enhance your degree.
Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.
You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.
Interested? Learn more about co-op.
Getting a university education is an investment in your future.
At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.
"This program opens up many doors for students. It helped me develop critical thinking, writing techniques and advanced social skills. I really enjoyed how course content was applicable to everyday life and courses were taught by passionate instructors who value the opinions of students."
Victoria Vercillo, Communications Studies graduate
"Choosing a university and a program can be daunting. But Communication Studies at Laurier is a degree you can take anywhere you want to go. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, students can apply what they learn in the classroom to many different industries and roles."
Laura Neil, Communications Studies graduate
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Note: Additional training and education may be required.
Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.
"Television Studies was an incredible course. It taught me how to look at media differently through analyzing television shows – something most of us watch on a daily basis. It was insightful and interesting! And the professors are great!"
Julia Collis, Communications Studies graduate