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Social Justice and Community Engagement (MA)

Social Justice and Community Engagement (MA)


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Through an applied focus on a local scale, our Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) is committed to scholarship informed by critical social/environmental justice theories and approaches. We foster your ability to investigate and understand root causes and to engage in the active promotion of social/environmental justice principles and the resolution of community-level injustices.

Learning Through Scholarship and Practice

Through coursework, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), you’ll develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. Our program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through your community placement, and research capabilities through your capstone MRP.

Your community placement is an opportunity for you to apply theoretical ideas about social/environmental justice and in a community setting. The placement is founded on the dual pillars of providing a community service learning opportunity for you while ensuring that the community organization benefits from the placement. The 120-hour placement is expected to either inform your major research project or be directly tied to the project.

Program Options

This full-time program is normally completed in one year. In addition to coursework, you must complete a major research project and a social justice community placement.

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Robert Kristofferson, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.756.8228 x5837

Nicole Morgan, Academic Program Assistant

T: 519.756.8228 x5517

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Social Justice and Community Engagement


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis are entitled to one year of funding totalling, on average, $14,500. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

This program is focused on social and environmental justice research that contributes to the alleviation of such problems as poverty, discrimination and environmental degradation.


  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in humanities, social science, natural science or related interdisciplinary program, and a background in the concepts of social and environmental justice.
  • A minimum B standing or equivalent.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, your social/environmental justice background, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Our program will provide you with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue in academia with doctoral research, or to obtain employment in the not-for-profit, government or corporate social responsibility sectors. These are just a sampling of some of the exciting careers and places our graduates have gone on to:

  • communications associate, paid internship, United Nations Global Compact
  • gender and social inclusion specialist, international organization to reduce poverty and inequality
  • sexual violence counsellor and advocate, local sexual assault centre
  • youth/support workers, local residential redevelopment organization/local children’s centre
  • regional business officer, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

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