Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Wilfrid Laurier University online programs, tuition costs, program details, admissions requirements and more. To speak with an enrolment advisor who can help answer questions over the phone, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345.


 

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General Questions

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.

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.

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

Whether you are interested in a Criminology or Policing degree, a Master of Social Work, a Master of Public Safety or any other online course at Laurier, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345 to speak with an Advisor who can fill you in on enrolment details.

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.

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

Yes, Wilfrid Laurier University was ranked #1 for course instructors by Maclean’s University Rankings, 2020.

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.

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. The programs are conducted asynchronously, meaning you are free to complete your coursework at your own pace on a week-to-week basis.

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.

Criminology and Policing

Are transfer credits accepted for the BA in Policing?

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, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345 to speak with an advisor who will be happy to discuss your existing credits with you.

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 falls under. To find out all transfer credit opportunities, book an appointment or call us at 1.888.368.0345 to speak with an advisor. Military Police members can receive an automatic three transfer credits from their Basic Constable training.

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.

Does 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.

Does the BA in Policing help me become a police officer?

A Bachelor of Policing is not required to become a police officer in Ontario, but it can help. Learn more about the process of becoming a police officer in Toronto.

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 twelve-week courses at a time in order to complete their degree in less than three years. 

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

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.

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 $754.84 plus an $85 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.

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.

What are the admission requirements for the Wilfrid Laurier University’s online BA in Policing?

Due to the broad range of police work that is available, the program is specifically designed for officers who have at least one year of professional work experience and who are:

  • Currently employed by, or retired from, a police service or law enforcement organization and meet the definition of a police officer under s.2 of the Ontario Police Services Act or similar legislation defining police officer at the provincial or federal level of government;
  • Police officers who are employed by a First Nations Police Service;
  • Special Constables who are employed by a governmental agency; and
  • Authorized by, and accountable to, the appropriate jurisdictional legislation (e.g., Police Services Act, RCMP Act) to enforce provincial and federal legislation.

You may be able to reduce the time and cost of the degree by transferring up to 10 of the 20 total credits required.

What are the admissions requirements for the Combined Honours BA in Criminology/Policing?
  • No prior experience in law enforcement is needed
  • Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of Canada
  • High school transfers: a secondary school diploma from within Canada with at least a mid-70s average, including university-level English at 60% or higher
  • College transfers: 70% or higher overall average, with a minimum of 1 year completed in an academic college program
  • University transfers: 67% or higher overall average, with a minimum of six months of study completed
  • For high school, college or university students with an international education background, all previous education must be assessed by World Education Services

After you apply, an admissions coordinator will evaluate your transcripts to provide an initial assessment. Your final assessment of transfer credits will be completed by the Admissions Committee once your file has been submitted for review.

More information on applying

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 is the tuition cost for the Combined Honours BA in Criminology and 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 $754.84 and an $85 incidental fee. The exact cost of tuition depends on your situation, because based on your prior education, you may qualify for transfer credits.

What will appear on the degree or transcript?

The online degree and transcript will appear as “Bachelor of Arts in Policing” or “Combined Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Policing” depending on the program you choose, with no mention of the online delivery mode.

Social Work

Do I need 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.

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 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 $2,000.56 plus incidental fees averaging $300 per term.   

The Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing can be completed in a minimum of 4 terms (9 courses). Each term will cost $2,000.56 plus incidental fees averaging $300 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.

Is the social work master’s degree earned online the same as that earned on campus?

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

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 admissions requirements for the Master of Social Work program?

To enter the online Master of Social Work program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least a B average (73%-76%) in your last 5 full credit/10 half credit courses of a four-year undergraduate degree or graduate level university work
  • Academic background must include at least four full (or eight half) social science courses and a half-credit course in qualitative research methodology
  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Complete the personal statement form
  • Prepare a summary of experience in human service organizations
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit three reference letters (one academic; two professional)
  • Two years of work and/or voluntary experience in human service organizations is strongly recommended.
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.

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).

More information on applying

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 forever.

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.

Public Safety

Are transfer credits accepted?

Graduates of the Executive Development in Policing program with the Canadian Police College (CPC) are eligible to transfer credits towards two core courses in the Master of Public Safety Program. To find out all transfer credit opportunities, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345 to speak with an advisor.

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 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 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 2 years and 8 months.

What are the requirements to apply to the Master of Public Safety (MPS) 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

More information on applying

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 three-year undergraduate degree
  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit two reference letters
What is the tuition cost for the 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).

Computer Science

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

Yes, the Master of Computer Science online degree is the same degree as is earned on campus at Wilfrid Laurier University, however the on-campus degree is called the Master of Applied Computing.

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.

What are the admissions requirements?

To be admitted to the online Master of Computer Science (MCS) program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the University and must have an honours degree in Computer Science or a closely related area that includes courses in data structure, algorithms, object-oriented language programming and software engineering. A final year average of at least B+ is usually required, along with a cumulative average of at least B+ in all computer science courses.

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which considers all prior university grades, letters of reference and indications of support from potential supervisors.

Applicants must submit the following paperwork:

  • All transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • A statement of intent
  • A resume
  • Two reference letters
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.

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.

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 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 a criminology or policing degree, a Master of Social Work, a Master of Public Safety or any other online course at Laurier, book an appointment or call us at 1.888.368.0345 to speak with an Advisor who can fill you in on enrolment details.

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. Find out more about online learning at Laurier.

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. The programs are conducted asynchronously, meaning you are free to complete your coursework at your own pace on a week-to-week basis.

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 enrol 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 graduation.

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.

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 citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The social work degree programs are only available to those who reside in Canada due to the field placement requirement. The Master of Computer Science program is open to all applicants within Canada and internationally.