WLU Established: 1911

Wilfrid Laurier University

75 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5, Canada

Established in 1911, Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose.

  • 19,000+
    Total Students
  • CAD 9,930
    Total Cost of Living(average per year*)
  • CAD 6,346
    Living On-campus(average per year*)

University Rankings

  • Maclean's
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Wilfrid Laurier University has been an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community for more than a century, and also Brantford, Ont., since it opened a campus there in 1999.

Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship, combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.

Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.

The main campus in Waterloo is squeezed mostly onto a single city block, so it can feel intimidating from the outside, though intimate from the inside. The $103-million Lazaridis Hall, which houses the school of business and economics and the math department.

Students at the Waterloo campus benefit from the city’s tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that generate billions in annual revenue and includes offices of Google and BlackBerry. But it’s not all about profits—Laurier students like to give back. Meal Exchange, a Laurier student initiative, has expanded to 42 campuses across Canada.

The Community Service-Learning program partners roughly 1,500 students a year with community agencies, and the school was the first in Canada to officially recognize extracurricular activities with a co-curricular record.

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • CAD 6,044 - 7,493 Domestic tuition fee (average per year*)
  • CAD 24,260 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • CAD 8,657 - 12,215 Domestic student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • CAD 21,297 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
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Programs / Degrees at Wilfrid Laurier University

Bachelor's Degree

  • Ancient Studies (BA)
  • Anthropology (BA)
  • Applied Water Science (BSc)
  • Archaeology and Heritage Studies (BA)
  • BA + Master's in English, History or Political Science
  • Biochemistry / Biotechnology (BSc)
  • Biochemistry / Biotechnology (BSc) and Biotechnology Technician Diploma (with Conestoga College)
  • Biology (BA)
  • Biology (BSc)
  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Business Administration (BBA) and Computer Science (BCS) (with University of Waterloo)
  • Business Administration (BBA) and Computer Science (BSc)
  • Business Administration (BBA) and Financial Math (BA)
  • Business Administration (BBA) and Math (BMath) (with University of Waterloo)
  • Business Technology Management (BBTM)
  • Chemistry (BSc)
  • Chemistry and Physics (BSc)
  • Christian Studies and Global Citizenship (BA)
  • Communication Studies (BA)
  • Community Health (BA)
  • Community Music (BMus)
  • Computer Science (BA)
  • Computer Science (BSc)
  • Criminology (BA)
  • Cultural Studies (BA)
  • Data Science (BSc)
  • Digital Media and Journalism (BA)
  • Economics (BA)
  • Economics and Accounting (BA)
  • Economics and Financial Management (BA)
  • Education (BEd)
  • English (BA), Brantford
  • English (BA), Waterloo
  • Environmental Science (BSc)
  • Environmental Studies (BA)
  • Film Studies (BA)
  • Financial Mathematics (BA)
  • Financial Mathematics (BSc)
  • French (BA)
  • Game Design and Development (BFAA)
  • Geography (BA)
  • Geography (BSc)
  • Global Studies (BA)
  • Health Administration (BA)
  • Health Sciences (BSc)
  • History (BA), Brantford
  • History (BA), Waterloo
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity (BA)
  • Indigenous Studies (BA)
  • Kinesiology (BKin)
  • Labour Studies and Career Development (BA)
  • Languages (BA)
  • Law and Society (BA)
  • Law Degree (University of Sussex, UK) and Arts Degree (Laurier)
  • Mathematics (BA)
  • Mathematics (BSc)
  • Medieval and Medievalism Studies (BA)
  • Music (BMus)
  • Music Therapy (BMT)
  • North American Studies (BA)
  • Philosophy (BA)
  • Physics (BSc)
  • Policing (BA)
  • Policing (BA in Combination)
  • Political Science (BA)
  • Psychology (BA), Brantford
  • Psychology (BA), Waterloo
  • Psychology (BSc)
  • Public Health (BASc)
  • Religion and Culture (BA)
  • Social and Environmental Justice (BA)
  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Sociology (BA)
  • Spanish (BA)
  • User Experience Design (BDes)
  • Women and Gender Studies (BA)
  • Youth and Children’s Studies (BA)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Bachelor of Business Technology Management (BBTM)
Bachelor of Design (BDes)
Bachelor of Education (BEd)
Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts (BFAA)
Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)
Bachelor of Music (BMus)
Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Master's Degree

  • Applied Computing (MAC)
  • Applied Politics (MAP)
  • BA + Master's in English, History or Political Science
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Business Administration (MBA) and International Public Policy (MIPP)
  • Business Economics (MABE)
  • Chemistry (MSc)
  • Communication Studies (MA)
  • Community Music (MA)
  • Criminology (MA)
  • Cultural Analysis and Social Theory (MA)
  • Divinity (MDiv)
  • Education (MEd)
  • English (MA)
  • Environmental Studies (MES)
  • Finance (MFin), Waterloo
  • Finance (MFin) (Executive), Toronto
  • Geography (MA)
  • Geography (MSc)
  • History (MA)
  • Integrative Biology (MSc)
  • International Public Policy (MIPP)
  • Kinesiology (MKin)
  • Lazaridis Executive Master's in Technology Management (MSc)
  • Management (MSc)
  • Mathematics (MSc)
  • Music Therapy (MMT)
  • Philosophy (MA)
  • Psychology (MA)
  • Psychology (MSc)
  • Public Safety (MPS)
  • Religion, Culture, and Global Justice (MA)
  • Social Justice and Community Engagement (MA)
  • Social Work (MSW)
  • Sociology (MA)
  • Theology (MA)
  • Theology (MA) and Divinity (MDiv)
Master of Applied Computing (MAC)
Master of Applied Politics (MAP)
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Master of Education (MEd)
Master of Environmental Studies (MES)
Master of Finance (MFin)
Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)
Master of Kinesiology (MKin)
Master of Music Therapy (MMT)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Social Work (MSW)


  • Accounting (Graduate Diploma)
  • Biochemistry / Biotechnology (BSc) and Biotechnology Technician Diploma (with Conestoga College)
  • Business Administration (Diploma)
  • Chamber Music (Diploma)
  • Opera (Diploma)
  • Public Safety (Graduate Diploma)
  • Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (Graduate Diploma)


  • Biological and Chemical Sciences (PhD)
  • English (PhD)
  • Geography (PhD)
  • Global Governance (PhD)
  • History (PhD)
  • Human Relationships (PhD)
  • Kinesiology (PhD)
  • Management (PhD)
  • Mathematical and Statistical Modelling (PhD)
  • Psychology (PhD)
  • Religious Studies (PhD)
  • Social Work (PhD)

Selection criteria

Language test
  • IELTS (Bachelors) 6.5
  • IELTS (Masters) 7.0
  • TOEFL (Bachelors) 83
  • TOEFL (Masters) 89

Academic Life

  • Semesters
    Academic calendar

Student Life

  • 1,001-5,000
  • Urban
    Campus setting
  • Public
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
  • Religious affiliation

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