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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.

Term Dates

On-Campus Class Dates

  • Fall 2022
    • Monday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Dec. 9
    • Reading Week: Oct. 10-14
  • Winter 2023
    • Monday, Jan. 9 to Friday, Apr. 14** 
    • Reading Week: Feb. 20-24
    • **Friday, April 14 is the scheduled make up day for the Friday, April 7 classes only. Thursday classes end on April 6. 
  • Spring 2023
    • Monday, May 8 to Friday, July 14^ (4 hr classes for 9 weeks)
    • ^Friday, July 14 is the scheduled make up day for the Friday, June 30 classes only. SK654 will end on July 5.

Please Note: The dates for the On-Campus Classes may differ from what appears in LORIS. The dates above refer to FSW specific on-campus class dates and are what students should follow.  All other deadlines and dates adhere to the Graduate Calendar

Online Class Dates

  • Spring 2022
    • Section SA: Monday, May 2 to Monday, June 13
    • Section SB: Monday, July 4 to Monday, Aug. 15
    • Section SC: Monday, May 2 to Tuesday, July 26
  • Fall 2022
    • Section FA: Monday, Sept. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 30
    • Reading Week: Oct. 10-14
    • Section FB: Monday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Dec. 11
    • Section FC: Monday, Sept. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 11
  • Winter 2023
    • Section WA: Monday, Jan. 9 to Monday, Feb. 19
    • Reading Week: Feb. 20-24
    • Section WB: Monday, Feb. 27 to Monday, Apr. 10
    • Section WC: Monday, Jan. 9 to Monday, Apr. 10
  • Spring 2023
    • Section SA: Monday, May 8 to Monday, June 19
    • Section SB: Monday, July 3 to Monday, Aug. 14
    • Section SC: Monday, May 8 to Tuesday, Aug. 1