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Application Submission and Assessment

The Fall 2022 intake for the PhD in Social Work program will be full-time only and situated within Indigenous knowledges. The Faculty of Social Work supports this Indigenized intake for persons of an Indigenous ancestry, specifically First Nations, Metis or Inuit. Please see the program webpage for more information. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the application deadline of February 14 (this was extended from January 31). Applications must be complete to be considered.  The program reserves the right to consider applications until the program is full.

Research Advisor

Applicants do not need to find an advisor at the application stage, as students usually identify their advisors during Year 1 or early in Year 2. Feel free to share your interests with faculty members with whom you would like to study. Applicants are encouraged to identify any faculty members with whom they would like to study in their Statement of Intent.

Visit our Graduate Admissions Toolkit for more information about applying.

Application Checklist

After you have submitted your OUAC application, paid the non-refundable application fee, and Laurier has received your application, you'll receive an email from advising you to upload the additional required documentation to Laurier’s Online Registration & Information System (LORIS).

An application for admission to our PhD program in Social Work must include:

  • The Application Summary, which is generated after you complete your OUAC application (log back in to OUAC to retrieve it).
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted for the application; official copies will be required if offered admission to the program.
  • A completed statement of intent.
  • A resume of your academic and work experience. Include a history of your research experience, publications, presentations/workshops given, and any other information you feel will interest the admissions committee. Distinguish between paid and volunteer positions, and practicum and full- or part-time work.
  • A sample of your scholarly writing (10-20 pages in length). This may be a chapter of your master's thesis or a paper written for a graduate course.
  • Completed reference forms. Three academic references are required. Note: Reference forms are electronically submitted to Laurier by the referee and do not need to be uploaded.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to graduate studies at Laurier. Applicants whose language of instruction during their previous postsecondary education was not in English must submit evidence of proficiency in English. If applicable, results from accepted testing services must be uploaded to LORIS.

Important Dates

Extended date - February 14: Application deadline for domestic and international applicants.

Contact Us:

Michael Woodford, Associate Dean, PhD program

T: N/A Currently working remotely

Faculty and Staff


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