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Program Requirements

Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.

In the first two semesters of the program, students complete their coursework (comprised of four required courses and one elective course) and a community placement. In the third semester, students undertake a major research project. Students must develop their projects in consultation with the graduate coordinator and their advisor. The graduate coordinator must approve the student’s major research project in all cases.

It is the responsibility of all master’s students to maintain a satisfactory academic standing (a minimum B- average) per the Social Justice and Community Engagement program requirements.

This full-time program is normally completed in one year.

Typical Program Progression

Unless otherwise stated, courses listed below are worth 0.5 credits.


  • SJ601: Theories of Social and Environmental Justice
  • SJ603: Engaged Scholarship and Community Capacity Development
  • SJ631: Special Topics in Social and Environmental Justice*
  • SJ690: Social Justice Research and Professionalization Forum


  • SJ602: Social Justice Research Methods
  • SJ690: Social Justice Research and Professionalization Forum (continued)
  • SJ621: Social Justice Community Placement (1.0 credit)


  • SJ621: Social Justice Community Placement (1.0 credit)
  • SJ695: Major Research Project (1.0 credit)

*Note: Students considering any alternative courses must consult the graduate coordinator prior to enrolling. Alternative courses may include an elective from another program or a directed study/reading course.

Contact Us:

Robert Kristofferson, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.756.8228 x5837

Céline Taillefer-Travers, Academic Program Assistant

T: 519.756.8228 x5979