FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

BA in Policing FAQs:
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.

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

The time to complete depends on the amount 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. 

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.

BA in Criminology and Policing FAQs:
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.

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 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.

Master of Public Safety FAQs:
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.

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
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).

Public Safety Graduate Diploma FAQs:
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 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.

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.

Master of Social Work FAQs:
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 four-year bachelor’s degree program with at least a B average in the last 5 full credits/10 half credits.

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.

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 a four-year undergraduate degree, attaining at least a B average in the last five 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

 

General FAQs:
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.

What support do I receive as an online student?

You will be assigned a dedicated Student Learning Advisor to ensure you have the tools, information and resources you need to succeed.

I have applied and would like to know the status of my application. Whom do I contact?

Please call your Online Enrolment Advisor at 888.368.0345.

Where can I find instructions on applying to Laurier?

We’re happy you’ve decided to apply to Laurier! Please call 888.368.0345 to get started.