Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Wilfrid Laurier University programs, tuition costs, program details, admissions requirements and more. To speak with an Enrolment Advisor who can help answer questions over the phone, call 888.368.0345.


 

Are Laurier’s online programs accredited?

Yes, Wilfrid Laurier University is officially accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Ontario. There is no difference between receiving a degree online or on-campus at Laurier.

Do you accept transfer credits from the military?

Most of our programs don’t offer transfer credits for work experience, which is what military experience would fall under. To find out all transfer credit opportunities, please reach out to one of our Enrolment Advisors at 888.368.0345 or through our live chat on online.wlu.ca.

Do you need a degree to become a police officer?

Yes, you need to have completed a college of applied arts and technology diploma or a university degree to become a police officer.

How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

Whether you are interested in police training in Canada, a social work master’s, a master of public safety, a Master of Computer Science or any other online course, please call us at 888.368.0345 and speak with an advisor who can fill you in on enrollment details.

How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

Whether you are interested in police training in Canada, a social work masters, a master of public safety at Laurier or any other online course, please call us at 888.368.0345 and speak with an Advisor who can fill you in on enrollment details.

How do I qualify for admission to Wilfrid Laurier University’s online police BA?

To be considered for admission to the program, you must have completed one full year of full-time employment as a police officer at a police service. The first step to qualify is to call an Enrolment Advisor at 888.368.0345, who will discuss your background with you and explain the details of the admission requirements.

How does online learning at Laurier work?

Our online platform, MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn, is available for you to log into any time, 24/7. All of your course materials are accessible at MyLearningSpace. To see a demonstration of what online learning is like at Laurier, click here.

How is the online MCS offered?

Wilfrid Laurier University’s 100% online program is offered through the MyLearningSpace online portal in either a part-time model or accelerated model. In the part-time model, students can complete the program in 6 terms or two years. In the accelerated model, students take two courses at a time and complete the program in four terms or 16 months.

Is Wilfrid Laurier University a highly-ranked university in Canada?

Wilfrid Laurier University is ranked 6th as Canada’s Top Comprehensive School 2018 by Maclean’s, is ranked 24th as Canada’s Top School by Reputation 2018 by Maclean’s, and was ranked #1 for Student Satisfaction by Maclean’s University Rankings 2017.

Is the Master of Computer Science online degree the same as the degree earned on campus?

Yes, the Master of Computer Science online degree is exactly the same degree as is earned on campus at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Is the Master of Computer Science online program for non-CS majors?

The Master of Computer Science online program is designed for entry-level or mid-level computer science professionals with an undergraduate degree in computer science, applied computing, computer engineering, information systems, mathematics or another related field.

Is the degree in criminology earned online the same as a criminology degree earned on campus?

Yes, our degrees earned on campus or online are identical.

Is the social work masters degree earned online the same as that earned on campus?

Yes, whether you earn a social work masters on campus or online, the degree is the same.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

Online learning and programs at Laurier are flexible and offer the option to study at your own pace while you work, while still maintaining the quality and academic rigour that Laurier is known for in its on-campus programs.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

Online learning and programs at Laurier are flexible and offer the option to study at your own pace while you work, while still maintaining the quality and academic rigour that Laurier is known for in its on-campus programs.

What computer science skills, languages and techniques are studied in the program?

The online Master of Computer Science program provides an in-depth examination of advanced machine learning techniques, big data, software development, application development, data mining, penetration testing, and information security. Students are given the opportunity to improve their use of Java, Python, C/C++, SQL, Spark, Hadoop, CUDA, Kali Linus, Metasploit, Nmap, MapReduce and more.

What is the Master of Computer Science online in Canada?

The Master of Computer Science online is the only online program of its kind in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University combines a world-class graduate education with the convenience and flexibility of learning online. Areas of focus include computer science, physics, algorithms, networked computing platforms, cloud computing, middleware systems, information theory, high-performance computing and more.

What will appear on the degree or transcript?

The online degree and transcript will appear as “Master of Computer Science” with no mention of the online delivery mode.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

When you enroll in any of our online courses you will be assigned your own, dedicated Student Success Advisor to contact for support in your course. Your Student Success Advisor will be with you every step of the way from your first class to your last class.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

When you enroll in any of our online courses you will be assigned your own, dedicated Student Success Advisor to contact for support in your course. Your Student Success Advisor will be with you every step of the way from your first class to your last class

Why choose an online Master of Computer Science in Canada?

Wilfrid Laurier University’s online Master of Computer Science program in Canada is one of the most affordable for Canadian and international students alike. It is priced competitively with and often less than other computer science programs in Canada or the U.S. Its award-winning, distinguished international faculty have extensive practical experience in physics, computer science, middleware systems, app development, cloud computing, networked platforms, parallel programming and more.

Why is a Master of Computer Science degree in Canada important?

The Master of Computer Science degree in Canada is important because it prepares students for the 5,000 active job listings in Canada for senior positions such as Senior Data Scientist, Senior Data Engineer, Director of Information Technology - Application Development, Senior Android Development, Network Architect, Business Intelligence Manager and more.

Why would a police officer need a police bachelor’s degree if they’re already in the police service?

As police organizations evolve, there has been a greater emphasis put on lifelong learning and obtaining post-secondary education. A degree in policing can give you an edge in your career and help you stand out from your peers, as well as providing opportunities for promotions and increased earning potential.

Are the Wilfrid Laurier University online courses only for Canadians?

While Wilfrid Laurier University is based in several areas throughout Ontario, Canada, our 100% online programs in policing, criminology and public safety are open to anyone inside or outside of Canada. The social work degree programs are only available to those who reside in Canada due to the field placement requirement.

Do I need to have a Bachelor of Social Work to apply to the online Master of Social Work program at Laurier?

No, you do not require a Bachelor of Social Work degree to apply. All you need is the completion of a bachelor’s degree program with at least a B average in the last 5 full credits/10 half credits, and your academic background includes at least four full social science credits and a half-credit course in research methodology.

Do You Accept Transfer Credits?

Yes, we provide the option to transfer up to 10 of the 20 total credits required. To find out if your credits qualify for transfer, please call 888.368.0345 and we will be happy to discuss your existing credits with you.

How long does it take to complete the Master of Public Safety program?

The master’s program consists of a total of eight 0.5 credits courses - six required courses and two courses related to the specific area of specialization being undertaken. Most students will finish their master’s in under three years. Most students will finish their master’s in 2 years and 8 months.

How long does it take to complete the online program?

The online Master of Social Work program (for graduates of a four-year undergraduate program) can be completed in 2.5 years. The online Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing program (for graduates of a Bachelor of Social Work program) can be completed in as little as 1.25 years.

How much does it cost to earn a BA in Policing at Laurier?

Coursework in the policing program focuses on one class in a six-week period. Each class is 0.5 credits and costs $712 and $100 incidental fee. The exact cost of tuition depends on your situation, because police officers with previous training may qualify for up to 10 credit transfers when entering our program.

Are Laurier’s online programs accredited?

Yes, Wilfrid Laurier University, is officially accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Ontario. There is no difference between receiving a degree online or on-campus at Laurier.

How long does it take to complete the BA in Policing program?

The time to complete depends on the number of transfer credits you are eligible for and how many courses are taken at once. Some students are able to transfer up to 10 of the total 20 credits and take two six week courses at a time in order to complete their degree in less than three years. 

How much does the online program cost?

The Master of Social Work program can be completed in a minimum of 8 terms (16 courses). Each term will cost $2,201 plus incidental fees averaging $320 per term.   

The Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing can be completed in a minimum of 4 terms (9 courses). Each term will cost $2,201 plus incidental fees averaging $320 per term.   

Some exceptions to the tuition amounts above may apply, depending on whether all courses are taken as scheduled. There may be financial aid options available, as well. We always recommend that you speak to an Enrolment Advisor directly to determine the cost of the program based on your specific situation.

What are the requirements to apply to the Master of Public Safety program?

To apply for the fully online MPS, applicants must:

  • Have a B average in their last five full credits/10 half credits of a 4-year undergraduate degree
  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Prepare a statement of intent
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit two reference letters
What are the requirements to apply to the Master of Social Work program?

The online Master of Social Work program is designed for applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree, attaining at least a B average in the last 5 full credits/10 half credits. The Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing program requires that applicants have a four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree completed, attaining at least a B average in the last 5 full credits/10 half credits, and the applicant's academic background includes at least four full social science credits and a half-credit course in research methodology.

To apply for the online Master of Social Work program or the online Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing program, you are required to:

  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended;
  • Prepare a personal statement;
  • Complete a summary of experience in human service organizations form;
  • Submit a resume; and
  • Submit three reference letters (one academic; two professional).
How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

Whether you are interested in police training in Canada, a social work masters, a master of public safety at Laurier or any other online course, please call us at 888.368.0345 and speak with an Advisor who can fill you in on enrollment details.

How much does it cost to earn a Master of Public Safety or Public Safety Graduate Diploma at Laurier?

The Master of Public Safety and Public Safety Graduate Diplomas are both $3,375 per course (0.5 credits). The Master of Public Safety is eight courses (four credits), and the Graduate Diplomas are four courses (two credits).

What are the requirements to apply to the BA in Policing program?

The BA in Policing online program is designed for working and retired police officers with at least one year of professional work experience in policing. Proof of a minimum of one year of full-time employment up to and including the time before classes begin for each police officer must be verified by an official letter from the human resources department of the police force(s) from which the officer has been employed.

What does reflexive mean?

A reflexive approach is one where reflection creates change in oneself. By employing reflexive learning in the program, you will learn to recognize and unpack how your own experience and inherent biases influence the ways in which you interpret information about others - and to examine ways in which power relations influence this process. This can be a transformational experience. By critically examining the inherent assumptions you bring to interactions with others, you will be more open to real and authentic relationships that empower change.

What kind of professional designation will I earn from Laurier’s online Master of Social Work program?

When you complete Laurier’s online Master of Social Work program you will earn a master’s degree in Social Work. You can then become Registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by CASWE-ACFTS.

What are the requirements to apply to the Public Safety Graduate Diploma programs?

To apply for any of the five fully online diplomas, applicants must:

  • Have a B average in their last five full credits/10 half credits of a 3-year undergraduate degree
  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit two reference letters
How much does it cost to earn a Combined Honours BA in Criminology/Policing at Laurier?

Coursework in the Policing and Criminology program focuses on two classes in a 12-week period. Each class is 0.5 credits and costs $712 and $100 incidental fee. The exact cost of tuition depends on your situation, because based on your prior education, you may qualify for transfer credits.

Is there an additional cost involved to become licensed to practice social work?

The Master of Social Work degree involves no cost beyond regular tuition. To practice social work in Ontario, registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is required at a cost of $400 ($300 registration fee and $100 application fee). For new graduates from a social work program who apply for registration in the college by Dec. 31 in the year of graduation, the total fee is $300.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

Online learning and programs at Laurier are flexible and offer the option to study at your own pace while you work, while still maintaining the quality and academic rigor that Laurier is known for in its on-campus programs.

What are the differences between micro and macro practices?

Micro-level practice refers to social work that is carried out directly with individuals and families, whereas macro-level practice involves advocacy, policy reform, and helping people to create change in their world.

How long does it take to complete a Public Safety Graduate Diploma program?

The diplomas can be completed on average in less than 18 months. The degree includes two required public safety courses (0.5 credits each) and two other courses (0.5 credits each) in one of five areas: Border Strategies, Countering Crime, Emergency Management, National Security and GIS and Data Analytics. You will take one 13-week course at a time, beginning in one of the three terms per year: Fall, Winter or Spring.

How long does it take to complete the Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing?

The length of time required for completion of this Honours degree is dependent on whether a student is granted any transfer credits from previous post-secondary studies, and the chosen workload each semester. The 20 credit degree includes 12 credits of required Policing and Criminology courses. Enrolment in up to three 0.5 credit courses per term is possible, including electives. Twelve-week terms begin in Fall, Winter and Spring.

What does it mean to be “practice based?”

Practice-based learning occurs when you use the knowledge you’ve gained from coursework in the real world while still in the program. When you practice what you’ve learned in scenarios and environments that encourage hands-on application, interactions and critical thinking, you gain knowledge that will last you forever.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

When you enroll in any of our online courses you will be assigned your own, dedicated Student Success Advisor to contact for support in your course. Your Student Success Advisor will be with you every step of the way from your first class to your last class.

Can a Public Safety Graduate Diploma count toward the Master of Public Safety Degree?

Yes, the credits from the two required safety courses as well as the specialized courses in Border Strategies, Countering Crime, Emergency Management, and National Security may be transferred to count for half of the courses required for the MPS degree. Please note that the specialized courses in the GIS and Data Analytics diploma are not a pathway for the Master of Public Safety. Only SAFE600 and SAFE601 may be transferred towards the master’s program upon admission.

How does online learning at Laurier work?

Our online platform, MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn, is available for you to log into any any time, 24/7. All of your course materials are accessible at MyLearningSpace. To see a demonstration of what online learning is like at Laurier, click here.

What are the requirements to apply to the Combined Honours BA in Criminology/Policing?

No prior experience or college degree is required. Students must have a mid- 70s average with high school, university-level English or equivalent at 60 percent. Transfer credits may be granted depending on previous educational attainment.

Will the degree I earn online be a genuine Laurier degree?

Yes. You earn the same respected degree as our on-campus students; there is no designation between on-campus and online students on diplomas or transcripts.

I’m having some issues with my professor. Who should I speak to about this?

Your dedicated Student Success Advisor can help you with any issues or difficulties you are encountering with your professor or any other matter regarding your online course. Your Advisor helps you maximize all of the resources at your disposal.

I’m having some issues with my professor. Who should I speak to about this?

Your dedicated Student Success Advisor can help you with any issues or difficulties you are encountering with your professor or any other matter regarding your online course. Your Advisor helps you maximize all of the resources at your disposal.

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Are the Wilfrid Laurier University online courses only for Canadians?

While Wilfrid Laurier University is based in several areas throughout Ontario, Canada, our 100% online programs in policing, criminology and public safety are open to anyone inside or outside of Canada. The social work degree programs are only available to those who reside in Canada due to the field placement requirement.