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Social Justice and Community Engagement

Wilfrid Laurier University

12 months
13770 CAD/year
5246 CAD/year
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Through an applied focus on a local scale, the Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) from Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to scholarship informed by critical social/environmental justice theories and approaches. 

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Through coursework, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), you’ll develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. 

The Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) from Wilfrid Laurier University provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through your community placement, and research capabilities through your capstone MRP.

Your community placement is an opportunity for you to apply theoretical ideas about social/environmental justice and in a community setting. The placement is founded on the dual pillars of providing a community service learning opportunity for you while ensuring that the community organization benefits from the placement. The 120-hour placement is expected to either inform your major research project or be directly tied to the project.


The program will provide you with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue in academia with doctoral research, or to obtain employment in the not-for-profit, government or corporate social responsibility sectors. These are just a sampling of some of the exciting careers and places our graduates have gone on to:

  • communications associate, paid internship, United Nations Global Compact
  • gender and social inclusion specialist, international organization to reduce poverty and inequality
  • sexual violence counsellor and advocate, local sexual assault centre
  • youth/support workers, local residential redevelopment organization/local children’s centre

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theories of Social Justice and Community Engagement
  • Applied Research for Social Justice
  • Community Capacity Development
  • Social Justice Practitioner’s Toolbox
  • Changing the Terrain: Approaches to Organizing
  • Social Justice Research and Professionalization Forum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We will continue to accept applications after this date, until such time as the program is full.


5 alternative credits

5.0 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in humanities, social science, natural science or related interdisciplinary program, and a background in the concepts of social and environmental justice.
  • A minimum B standing or equivalent.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, your social/environmental justice background, a writing sample and letters of reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13770 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6885 CAD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    5246 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2623 CAD per semester during 12 months.

Tuition per term

Living costs for Brantford

1200 - 1900 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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