The joint PhD program in Religious Diversity in North America at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University's main goal is to educate students pursuing careers in post-secondary teaching and research. The courses, examinations, and other requirements will provide them with knowledge necessary for doctoral-level research, writing, and teaching in the field of religious studies. The PhD dissertation requires original research that contributes significantly to knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. The program is structured to provide future scholars with the specialized training required for competing successfully in the academic job market. Graduates of the program should have acquired experience in standard academic activities: conducting independent research, preparing scholarly publications, teaching courses in a field of specialization, and contributing to academic and non-academic communities.

Additional program details

  • Graduate research field: Religious Diversity in North America
  • Admit term: Fall
  • Delivery mode: On-campus
  • Length of program: 4 years
    • The program is designed to take 4 years for completion. Students must enroll in the program full-time, be available for classes and regular on-campus consultation for at least the first two calendar years, and complete a minimum of six terms beyond the Master of Arts (MA). Students are expected to proceed through the program in a timely fashion. Normally, students must complete the course work and finish their proposal in the first year; comprehensive exams in the second year; and the dissertation project in the third and fourth years. The responsibilities of the supervisor and the Supervisory Committee notwithstanding, the candidate is responsible for ensuring that program requirements and deadlines are met in a timely fashion.
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Joint
    • Research
  • Registration option: Full-time
  • Study option: Thesis
  • Additional program information 
    • Drawing on the combined resources of the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo, the Laurier-Waterloo PhD in Religious Studies offers a concentration in the religious diversity of North America.

The deadline to apply for fall 2021 is January 15, 2021.

Please contact the Graduate Officer before applying. This will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your research interests, the application process, and find out which potential supervisors are available.

Due to budgetary constraints, the Department of Religious Studies is severely limited in our ability to accept students studying on a study permit.


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