Graduate Studies - History and Structure

Graduate studies at WLU began in 1964 with the initiation of Master of Arts programs in geography and in romance languages. Since then, Laurier's graduate degree program offerings expanded to 11 doctoral degrees, 28 master's degrees, and 3 graduate diplomas. In 2009, the Faculty of Graduate Studies was renamed the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), and is responsible for the appointment of postdoctoral fellows at Wilfrid Laurier University. The FGPS provides information, administrative support, and advocacy, as well as helping to facilitate enrolment, placement and training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. 

Degree Programs

The following graduate programs are currently offered at Laurier:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in communication studies, community music, criminology, cultural analysis and social theory, economics, English, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and culture, social justice and community engagement, sociology
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Environmental Studies in Geography (MES) 
  • Master of International Public Policy 
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • Master of Music Therapy (MMT)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in integrative biology,geography, kinesiology, management, mathematics, psychology
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in biological & chemical sciences, global governance, English and film studies, geography, history, kinesiology, management, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, social work (PhD)

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, a federated seminary of Wilfrid Laurier University, offers through the university the following programs:

  • Diploma in theology, spirituality in a health care setting
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work (MDiv-MSW)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin)