Laurier’s Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and field education. Our programs are ideally located in the heart of downtown Kitchener and Brantford, Ontario – embedding our students close to the social service agencies with which they work.
We offer social work programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Our newest Bachelor of Social Work program, located at Laurier’s Brantford campus, offers a generalist degree with a unique focus on Indigenous issues.
The Master of Social Work program has an overarching framework of social justice, equity, inclusivity and reflexivity, and provides students flexibility in choosing the direction of their learning in micro and/or macro social work practice. The Indigenous Field of Study in the MSW program is rooted in a wholistic Indigenous worldview and includes the use of Indigenous elders, a traditional circle process and Indigenous ceremonies.
The Social Work PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth. The program is designed to lead students into leadership roles in social work in postsecondary education and in policy, and to lead students to research and specialized practice in governmental and human service organizations.
Meet our incoming doctoral cohort
Wilfrid Laurier University has launched its first Indigenous Strategic Plan
Laurier celebrates Indigenous History Month
Message from the president on Pride Month
Afghan scholars safely resume research thanks to Scholars at Risk program at Laurier
Laurier honours Indigenous graduates with celebration at Six Nations
Laurier celebrates teaching excellence with Donald F. Morgenson Awards
Laurier to highlight undergraduate research during annual Brantford ACERS showcase
Four Laurier authors featured on The Hill Times’ Top 100 Best Books in 2022
Laurier Social Work PhD candidate awarded Weston Scholarship for mental health research
Laurier researchers Kathleen Absolon, Hind Al-Abadleh, Daniel Antonowicz and Kenneth Dowler showcase expertise in new books
New Laurier study finds discrimination contributes to mental and academic struggles for 2SLGBTQ+ university students
Elder-in-Residence’s new book explores the ‘sacred space’ of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples