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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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).

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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.

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.