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Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty of Social Work

Globally, inequality is on the rise and understanding and responding to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are increasingly critical to individual and social well being. A PhD from Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work offers, through a program of advanced scholarship, an opportunity to develop new and nuanced understandings of these issues and others. Through the development of an independent program of research supported by a strong and highly regarded international faculty, our PhD program provides an opportunity for intellectual challenge and professional growth. Our program excels through supporting the integration of theory and practice undergirded by coursework on the nature and production of knowledge. We seek students who have had successful practice experience but who are looking for more than an additional professional degree. Our research-based doctoral program is designed to stimulate your already strong critical and analytic abilities and encourage the development of your passion for social work research and study. An individualized program within a supportive cohort are among our many strengths. We offer opportunities for teaching and engaging with faculty in collaborative, community-based research. Through our full and part time options our program supports students interested in an academic or research career, a hybrid of teaching and practice and many other professional options. More than 90% of our students are working in their chosen area within a year of graduating.

Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • Public
  • PhD Program in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 6-8 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • Yes
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy