Thinking About Further Education?
In addition to assisting you with your career development and job search, the Career Centre is available to assist Laurier students and alumni with applying to further education programs. Contact us for assistance with preparing for and applying to:
- graduate school
- post-degree college programs
- teacher education programs
- law school
- medical, chiropractic, veterinary or nursing programs
- rehabilitation science programs, including occupational and physical therapy
We can provide you with resources to research potential programs including what questions you should be asking as well as assisting you with the preparation of your applications. Applying to further education programs can be overwhelming and the Career Centre is here to help you with this process.
- Book an appointment for individual advising about grad school applications and tests, information about professional programs including teacher education and law, preparing personal statements or applying to college programs.
- Come to the Career Centre for a 10-minute appointment during drop-in hours.
- Attend a workshop about teacher education, grad school, law school, college programs or rehabilitation sciences.
- Attend special events including the Further Education Fair held each year in October in Waterloo and Brantford or the Teacher Education Information Sessions held each year in October in Waterloo.
- Educational institutions visit Laurier each year to host information sessions or a booth on campus.
Many students consider a master’s degree as a next step after your undergraduate degree. This may or may not be right for you – book an appointment to meet with a career consultant to see if a master’s degree makes sense for you.
There are master’s degrees in every area of study including interdisciplinary studies. Master’s degree can be research based (typically one-two years of coursework and can include a major research paper or thesis) or professional based (typically one year of coursework and may include a practicum or internship).
Websites to Search for Programs
- Career Cruising: the most comprehensive online directory for education programs in Canada. Contact the Career Centre at 519.884.0710 x4495 or firstname.lastname@example.org for login information.
- Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
- Gradschools.com (American and Canadian schools).
- Graduate Guide (American and Canadian schools).
- Laurier’s graduate and professional programs.
Graduate Admission Tests
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): The GRE is required for many grad schools in the U.S. and is not as common in Canada with the exception of Psychology graduate programs. Check with your program of interest to see if you need to write the general GRE, the subject GRE, or both.
- The general GRE test can be taken year round at computer-based testing centres. Call a testing centre to schedule a test date.
- Test dates for the subject GRE are offered in October, November and April.
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): The GMAT is required for many MBA programs. The GMAT can be taken year round at computer-based testing centres.
College programs are an excellent opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills gained through your university education. In Ontario, post-graduate programs are called graduate certificates. These certificate programs require a university degree or college diploma. Graduate certificates are offered in a variety of disciplines from public relations to addictions counselling to marketing to exercise science to human resources. You may also consider a college diploma program if you are looking to change direction with your education or are interested in an area of study that is unavailable as a graduate certificate.
To search for and apply to college programs in Ontario, go to ontariocolleges.ca. Applications are due each year at the beginning of February.
Interested in teaching? Apply for a Bachelor of Education to complete your education and qualify with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
- Brock University, Western University, UOIT, Trent University and York University.
- Nipissing University, University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, Lakehead University.
- Ontario Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS): View the TEAS instruction booklet (contact the Career Centre) for a summary of application procedures and admission information for teacher education programs Ontario. Applications in Ontario are due each year at the beginning of December.
- Other Teacher Education Programs in Ontario (private/international institutions):
- Niagara University, Toronto campus.
- Redeemer University College, Ancaster.
- Tyndale University College, Toronto.
- Faculties of Education in the State of New York:
- Canisius College.
- D’Youville College.
- Medaille College.
- Niagara University.
- Educational Consultants for Faculties of Education Abroad:
- Barclay & Knap Educational Services.
- GlobaLinks Learning Abroad.
- KOM Consultants.
To become a lawyer, you need to complete a JD (or LLB) degree. The Career Centre can assist you with your applications including discussing the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and reviewing personal statements.
- Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS): View the OLSAS instruction booklet (contact the Career Centre) for a summary of application procedures and admission information for the seven law schools in Ontario.
- Law School Admission Council: All information related to applying to law school on the LSAC website is exclusively for U.S. law schools. Ontario law school applications are submitted through Law School Application Service (see above) and other Canadian law school applications are submitted directly through the individual school's website.
- Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
- Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario).
- Canadian Bar Association: A great site to learn about the different areas of law.
PROFESSIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
- Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS): View the OMSAS instruction booklet (contact the Career Centre) for a summary of application procedures and admission information for the medical schools in Ontario.
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (regulatory body).
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
- CanMEDS framework: This framework is helpful as you prepare medical school applications.
- CASPer: Do not register until a school has asked you to register.
- Information on Multiple Mini Interviews.
- Information for Ontarians who are international medical school graduates.
Rehabilitation Sciences (PT, OT, SLP, Audiology)
Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS): View the ORPAS instruction booklet (contact the Career Centre) for a summary of application procedures and admission information for the rehabilitation sciences programs in Ontario.