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Master of Arts in Religion, Culture and Global Justice (Thesis-Based Option) Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo Campus Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo Campus, Canada

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CAD 21171

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*Subject to change and other fees
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CAD 125

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24 months


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Program Overview

Our faculty, drawn from Laurier’s departments of Religion and Culture and Global Studies, are specialists in disciplines across the social sciences and humanities and conduct research around the world. We bring our diverse knowledge and expertise into the classroom and to our student supervision to foster transformative learning and the spirit of free inquiry.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Arts (MA) in Religion, Culture and Global Justice program prepares you to move into professional arenas within and outside of academia, such as:

  • International relations and public policy
  • Interreligious dialogue and peace-building
  • Refugee and migrant resettlement
  • Institutional human rights and diversity policy
  • Journalism and communications
  • Programming on multiculturalism and community development

We encourage you to interrogate conventions and develop new modes of ethical engagement. In doing so, we seek to cultivate the critical skills and the knowledge that you need to succeed both within and beyond the university.


Thesis Option

A full-time, two-year, thesis-based option is available for those who wish to pursue a topic in greater depth. In the thesis option (in place of the major research project), you will complete a thesis proposal by the end of your first year, and in your second year complete a thesis and an oral defence.

Note: Internal funding is typically only available for the first year; students thinking of completing the two-year thesis option or a sixteen month internship option should have alternate funding (e.g. hold an external scholarship such as SSHRC or have assured research assistantship funding from their supervisor) for their second year.

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Additional Information

Program Level Master's Degree

College/University Processing Time 42 Days

Program Format Full-Time

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) work permit

Program Intake


Sep 2024

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.5 - With No Band Less Than - 6
    • Minimum Overall Score - 83 - With no score less than - 20
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 59

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have a four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

6.5 IELTS Score
83 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
59 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
77% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

CAD 125

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11000 Per year

Average Cost of Living

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Wilfrid Laurier University Inspiring Lives Scholarship

This scholarship application does not require any specific academic average or additional documentation. To complete the scholarship registration, applicants simply need to have an accepted offer and submit a short video response to the question:

"How do you inspire lives of leadership and purpose?"

Key points to note for the video submission:

  • The video should not exceed two minutes in duration.
  • The file size should not exceed 100 MB.
  • Please ensure that your first and last name are included in the video file name and provide a photo on the registration page.

You can access the scholarship registration portal using the following link:

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