Graduate studies

PhD in Religious Studies

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The deadline to apply for admission to the joint PhD program for fall 2022 is February 1, 2023.

Students studying in a library.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 joint Laurier-Waterloo PhD in Religious Studies offers a concentration in religious diversity of North America.

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

Please note: the Department of Religious Studies only has an undergraduate program and a PhD program. It does not have a Masters (MA) program. For a list of Canadian MA programs in Religious Studies, please see the Masters Portal website.

International students

Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.

Contact us

Jeff Wilson, Acting Director, Laurier-Waterloo PhD Program and Graduate Officer

University of Waterloo
Renison University College, REN 1113
519-884-4404 x 28625

Doug Cowan (on Sabbatical), Director, Laurier-Waterloo PhD Program and Graduate Officer
University of Waterloo
Renison University College, REN 0217
519-884-4404 x 28607 

Scott Kline, Chair
St. Jerome's University, SH 1201 or
University of Waterloo, PAS 1054
519-888-4567 x 28289

Erich Fox Tree, Graduate Officer
Wilfrid Laurier University, DAWB 2-124
519-884-0710 x4768 

Priti Nayak, Graduate Coordinator
University of Waterloo, PAS 1055
519-888-4567 x 43497