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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

You’ve applied – now what? You might be wondering what the next steps are once you have completed your application and submitted all necessary documents to your program. When we receive your online application, you will receive an email directing you to Online Viewing, where you can track receipt of your reference letters. The program receives and reviews your application and makes a recommendation for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Programs have different timelines for reviewing applications, so we strongly encourage you to contact the program coordinator if you want ensure that your application has arrived or wish to know its status.

Offers of Admission

Admission into a graduate program is a competitive process. Notifications of offers of admission are sent via email to the email address you provided in your application. If you choose to accept our offer – and we hope that you do! – we encourage you to print out a copy of the electronic offer of admission to retain it for your records.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Only offers of admission from the dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are valid. Communication with a program representative or a faculty member does not constitute an offer of admission or an acceptance of an offer. You must respond to the offer within 21 days.

Wilfrid Laurier University may revoke an offer of admission and cancel registration for admission if you have provided false or incomplete information.

Your response to the offer of admission must be confirmed on Laurier’s Online Viewing system. If you have any questions, please contact your academic program.

Submit Your Tuition Deposit

Note: For Business Administration (MBA, pre-MBA), Finance (MFin), and Management (PhD) students only.

Your tuition deposit is due within three weeks of your response to your offer of admission. A certified cheque or money order payable to Wilfrid Laurier University must be attached and forwarded by mail.

International students can also pay through the CIBC International Student Pay option. You will need to activate your Laurier email address first (visit the New Graduate Student Checklist for instructions). 

Preparing for Graduate Studies

Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission, review our new student checklist.

The new student checklist provides you with important next steps regarding meeting admission conditions, and it identifies the necessary tools as you embark on your academic program of study at Laurier. The new student checklist is not intended to be the final authority on graduate studies policies and procedures; rather, it's a starting point for you. The graduate academic calendar is the official document concerning academic regulations.

Deferring an Offer of Admission

Wilfrid Laurier University recognizes that after being newly admitted, some students will encounter unique personal circumstances that represent legitimate reasons for requesting a deferral of admission. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies grants deferrals at its discretion, only in highly exceptional cases and on a restricted basis.

Your intended program must support the deferral request. Normally, a deferral of admission will include any automatic scholarships and teaching assistantships. However, the university reserves the right to change the value of these awards or to rescind them. Scholarships that require an application are not eligible for deferral and will require submission of a new application by the appropriate deadline. All admission conditions must be satisfied before a deferral will be granted.

Approval of deferral requests (where the program permits) may be granted for a minimum of one term and up to a maximum of one year. You may only defer an offer of admission once. If you complete further studies at an accredited academic institution during the deferred period, you must supply the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with updated transcripts. A decision to refuse a request for a deferral may not be appealed.

If you cannot attend in the term specified in the deferral, you must submit a new application for admission.

Requesting a Deferral

Complete the deferral of offer of admission request form, and, on an attached sheet, outline the reason for your request of a deferral of the offer of admission. Include your requested entry term (which may not exceed one year from the term of admission on the offer). Your program may request supporting documentation.


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