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As an applicant, it is important to solicit references from individuals who are able to provide a knowledgeable assessment of your academic and professional potential. References from family and friends are strongly discouraged.

Three to five days following the submission of your application through OUAC you and your referees will receive an automated email from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ( Your email will advise you to log into LORIS to upload your supplemental application documents. Your referees’ email will provide the referee with the link to our confidential online reference system, asking them to complete the reference within 14 days.

The submission of the requested reference letters will be confirmed on LORIS (navigate to your application checklist on LORIS and scroll to the Referees section). You will receive up to two reminders within the two-week period if the reference letters have not been submitted to Laurier.

Types of References

Note that some programs require professional references in addition to those from academic instructors (check the program’s application checklist carefully).

Academic references can assess your academic achievements, your motivation to enter the program you selected and your creative and intellectual promise.

Professional references can speak to your work and/or volunteer experience as related to your proposed program of study. The referee should be able to comment on your aptitude and motivation required for this career choice, and the relevance of this program to your career path.

FAQs for Applicants

FAQs for Referees

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Office Location: DAWB 1-102

Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch

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