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Social Work (PhD)

Since September 1987, a doctoral program has been offered by the Laurier Faculty of Social Work. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth and prepares graduates for leadership roles in fields such as higher education, research and specialized practice in governmental or private human service organizations.

The PhD program is offered on both a part-time and full-time basis.

Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $22,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships. A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.


Headstart is a program designed to make the transition to graduate school easier for our incoming students. It’s an opportunity to learn about:

  • Program information
  • Academic expectations and strategies for academic success

Note: While Headstart offers drop-in sessions to assist you in your course selection and registration, you should not wait until you attend Headstart to begin signing up for your courses. Registration opens on May 15th at 10 a.m., please make sure to check your program requirements before you register.


Headstart Schedule

11:30 am 
Welcome by Dr. Lea Caragata, Associate Dean
Course registration

12:00 pm 
Lunch with current and incoming PhD students

1:30 pm 
Scholarship writing session 


Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Additional details to follow.

2017-2018 Term Dates

  • Spring 2017: Monday, April 17 to Monday, June 19
  • Fall 2017: Monday, Sept. 11 to Friday, Dec. 8
  • Winter 2018: Wednesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, April 6
  • Spring 2018: Monday, April 16 to Monday, June 18

Info for Future Students

Master of Social Work PhD in Social Work