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April 25, 2017
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About Laurier

Welcome to Wilfrid Laurier University, a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 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 is a leader in integrated and engaged learning, connecting academic programming to co-curricular activities. The university specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.

Laurier has campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener, Toronto and Chongqing, China. The university was established as the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in 1911 and remains the home of the affiliated Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The university is also home to the internationally acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet, WLU Press and the Robert Langen Art Gallery. Wilfrid Laurier University has been the host institution for the Academic Council on the United Nations System secretariat since 2003, with offices located at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, part of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus.

Innovative Programming

Laurierís Waterloo campus offers a broad range of full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs through seven faculties: Arts, Music, Science, Education, Social Work, Graduate Studies and the School of Business and Economics. Laurierís highly regarded cooperative education program offers options in Arts, Science and Business.

Laurier's Brantford campus is dedicated to innovative programming within the liberal arts. Its core interdisciplinary program in contemporary studies can be combined with a number of other programs including law and society, leadership, journalism, human rights and human diversity, and health studies. Laurier's Brantford campus also offers concurrent BA/BEd degrees in conjunction with Nipissing University as well as consecutive and embedded college programs with Mohawk and Conestoga colleges.

Laurier offers doctoral and masterís programs, including the only master of music therapy program in Canada. Laurierís innovative MBA programs include Canadaís first 12-month MBA, the largest part-time weekend MBA (based in Toronto), and an innovation and entrepreneurship MBA. Programs linked to the Balsillie School of International Affairs include Laurierís masterís in international public policy and a PhD in global governance (joint with the University of Waterloo).