Program list & descriptions

Studies in Policy and Practice

This innovative interdisciplinary MA graduate program of critical studies is aimed at those involved in activism, human services, and community work. The program provides graduates with a strong grounding in critical analysis for developing practice-based careers and pursuing advanced degrees in interdisciplinary studies and other disciplines. In fostering a unique combination of analytic and methodological skills, courses and work on a thesis or extended essay facilitate an understanding of the social, cultural and political contexts of policy and practice. Objectives focus on bringing together critical interpretations of policy, critical analysis of experience and practice, and critical theories of society and polity in innovative ways—all to effect social change.


Prerequisite Minimum standing

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September December 1 December 1


Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Program Assistant 250-721-8204 HSD B202


Program Coordinator Michael Prince 250-721-8043 HSD B234
Susan Boyd 250-721-8203 HSD B246
Lyn Davis 250-721-6625 HSD B202B
Pamela Moss 250-721-6297 HSD B250
Marge Reitsma-Street HSD Dean's Office
Kathy Teghtsoonian 250-472-4431 HSD B242

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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