The following is a brief summary of information about joint Laurier-Waterloo admission requirements. Full information about the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) admission requirements and joint program regulations are available in the Graduate Calendar. To apply to UWaterloo, please see the Discover Graduate Studies website. For information about the Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) admission requirements, please see the WLU PhD program webpage and the application checklist. To apply to WLU, please see the Graduate Admissions Toolkit.

Information regarding current joint program details, including timelines and requirements, can be found in our Ph.D. Handbook

The deadline to apply for fall 2023 is February 1, 2023.

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.

Minimum Requirements

  • Only graduates of accredited universities and colleges are eligible for admission.
  • Students apply to the joint program, designating one of the two universities as the preferred home institution. A student may be offered admission to the partner institution if the Joint Committee deems this choice more appropriate because of the student’s interests or the availability of suitable supervisors. Applications are considered by the Joint Committee, and recommendations for admission or rejection are made by the Director to the Associate Provost, Graduate Studies at the proposed home university. Students are governed by the rules of the university in which they are registered, and their degree is granted by that same university; however, students may use faculty and library resources at both universities.
  • Students must have a Master's degree or its equivalent in Religious Studies or a closely allied field with an 80% (A-) overall standing.
    • If the MA is in an allied field, the candidate must have a minimum of 10 one-term (half-credit) courses, or their equivalent, in the academic study of religion.
  • Students lacking the necessary qualifications may be required to complete additional qualifying work to establish academic eligibility to apply for the program. Students allowed to transfer from other doctoral programs must meet all of the degree requirements (or their equivalent, as determined by the Joint Committee); normally, credit for doctoral level work done elsewhere is not transferrable.
  • Students’ Supervisory Committees normally consist of three members, one of whom is the supervisor. Such committees are appointed as soon as possible after admission to the program and consultation with the student. Requests for changes in Supervisory Committee membership must be addressed to the Director and decided upon by the Joint Committee.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé/Curriculum vitae
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
      • From all other post-secondary institutions.
    • Writing sample
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references:  academic
  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)