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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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

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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).

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.