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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 10, 2015

Canadian Excellence


The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers social work programs at the bachelorís, masterís and doctoral levels. The BSW program, located at Laurierís Brantford campus, offers a generalist BSW with a unique focus on Aboriginal issues. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Wholistic Healing. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies. Since its inception in 1966, the FSW has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction. more

Dates and Scheduling:

2015-2016 Term Dates: (inclusive)
Fall: †Monday, September 14, 2015 - Thursday, December 10, 2015
Winter: †Monday, January 4, 2016 - Thursday,†March 31, 2016
Spring: †Monday, April 18, 2016 - Monday, June 20, 2016

ADMISSIONS 2016 Deadline Dates

MSW Advanced Standing (full-time):† December 1 2015

MSW Two year (full-time):† January 15, 2016

MSW Advanced Standing (part-time):† January 15, 2016

PhD Program (full/part-time):† January 15, 2016

MSW Aboriginal Field of Study (full/part-time):† April 1, 2016

**Note:† Applications are not being accepted for the MSW 4 year part-time program during the 2016 application cycle.

Applicants are encouraged to review all information on the FSW ADMISSIONS website: including a brief description of the new MSW curriculum starting Fall 2016 and to the FAQ section of the website.

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Sharon Shavel, Faculty of Social Work Sharon Shavel was born to Israeli immigrant parents who moved to the Toronto area a couple of years before she was born. Sharon came to the Waterloo region to obtain her undergrad degree.ďDuring my last year of undergrad I learned more about the MSW program at WLU from the numerous information sessions and all the information provided online and began the application process. I was attracted to coming back to the KW area I had fallen in love with. The program is really convenient considering its many course possibilities, the diverse research interests among the professors, and the practicum possibilities are endless.Ē The well-located downtown Kitchener campus provides students with many places to go between and after classes. Its proximity to city hall offers a number of opportunities for students in the community based stream, and there are also many housing prospects close to campus or near a bus stop.

Sharon Shavel
MSW Student,
Faculty of Social Work