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The Master of Arts program in Child and Youth Study will help you to develop an understanding of issues that affect children and youth in our region, in Canada, and around the world.
In this thesis-based program, you will conduct focused and relevant original research in areas like early intervention, child and youth development, social justice, race and ethnic relations, child and youth health and wellness, play, and more.
The University's Master’s program builds on the knowledge and skills you developed through undergraduate education and practical experience.
In both course work and thesis research, you’ll delve into the theories that support the practices of professionals who work in the field of child and youth study.
Students will normally have completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum of a B average (GPA of 3.0), preferably in a social science area (e.g., early childhood; child and youth study; psychology; education; social work; family studies; sociology).
Credit for the following undergraduate courses is required of applicants:
Where there are deficiencies, students may be required to complete additional coursework with a minimum B grade for admission into the program.
Applicants must have experience in an area related to the child and youth field.
Those without relevant experience admitted to the MA(CYS) will be required to complete GCYS 6609 in their first year; this course is not counted toward the 5.0 units required for graduation.
Students conditionally admitted to a graduate program of study, who have an IELTS score between 6.5 and 6.9 or the equivalent, will be required to successfully complete the Graduate Preparatory Program (GPP).
The GPP is designed to ensure that incoming graduate students have a high level of English language proficiency and a strong orientation to Canadian academic culture.
The GPP consists of an intensive term-long 15 hour/week program offered by the International Education Centre (IEC) and an undergraduate academic course.
The course is determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee for the student’s intended program of study and indicated on the student’s data form. This course is normally taken concurrently with the IEC program.
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