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Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies (MA)

In this program, your learning will be informed by multi-disciplinary theory and practice-based instruction. You’ll gain expertise through coursework and practical experience tailored to your goals. Your final project will be a research thesis or a culminating project.

This program is offered primarily online. There is a mandatory three-week summer institute. 

The MA in Child, Youth, Family & Community Studies may be used as partial fulfilment towards a provincial or national counselling certification or credential.

Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
3 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional, Other: Required practicum


By the end of the MA program, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of decolonial, critical and justice-oriented approaches to research, practice and leadership in diverse local, national and global contexts for the purposes of promoting child, youth, family and community well-being
  • respect for and commitment to the wellbeing, resurgence and self-determination of Indigenous nations globally, with responsibilities to local First Peoples
  • ethical, strengths-based, relational approaches to working with diverse children, youth, families and communities, and ability to respond to intersecting forms of historical and ongoing structural and systemic exclusion based on race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and citizenship, among others
  • capacity for responsive and collaborative leadership, advocacy, activism and systems-level change in preparation for leadership roles in diverse human service sectors that serve children, youth and families (including organizations, government, private, not-for-profit, community, other)
  • knowledge and application of diverse research methods, methodologies and knowledge mobilization approaches that reflect multiple contexts, knowledges and research paradigms

Find a supervisor

Please note in your application which potential supervisors' research interests align with yours. You do not need to have one to apply.

Doris Kakuru

Associate Professor

Doug Magnuson

Professor how professionals think about and use data in their practice, qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating and interpreting practice; youth transition conferencing; street-involved youth; child welfare

Farah Mawani

Assistant Professor Lived experience, community-led, community-embedded, trauma-informed, and decolonizing research approaches; knowledge synthesis; interdisciplinary quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research; implementation science; social and mental health inequities; macro-, community-, and family-level social determinants of mental health and well-being; systemic racism and discrimination as trauma; community responses to systemic racism and discrimination; migration and mental health; work environments and mental health; green space/blue space and mental health; walking peer support groups; intergenerational programs.

Jennifer H. White

Professor Youth suicide prevention; ethics; discourses of professionalism; constructionist methodologies; collaborative research; narrative practices; professional development; praxis-oriented pedagogy

Jessica Ball

Professor Cultural ecologies of child development, Indigenous children and families, early childhood care and development, father involvement, community-based research partnerships

Jin-Sun Yoon

Teaching Professor Intersectional diversity training, cultural identity development, racialized settler/Indigenous relations

Kristen Cheney

Director orphans/orphanhood, intercountry adoption, child institutionalization, youth with lived experience of care; humanitarianism, international child protection regimes, political economy of childhood and international development; adolescent/youth sexual and reproductive health and rights, children and assisted reproductive technologies; decolonizing and participatory research methods

Mandeep Kaur Mucina

Associate Professor Family violence, gender-based violence, understanding the role of trauma in migration, and exploring second-generation immigrant youth’s stories of resistance, identity, and encounters with racism in the diaspora, all from a feminist anti-racist, anti-colonial lens

Samantha Corrington

Assistant Teaching Professor

Sandrina de Finney

Professor Processes of racialization and youth identities, Aboriginal, ethnic minority and immigrant youth, youth participation in practice and research, community development and community-based practice

Shanne McCaffrey

Teaching Professor Interests include: Land and Water based learning, teaching, and interconnectedness, Child Welfare, colonialism as a shared experience, environmental nurturing, preservation and activism, and sharing the land with non-human relatives.

Shemine Gulamhusein

Assistant Professor Exploring Muslim migration stories of belonging and identity; lived experiences of marginalized and minoritized people and communities; therapeutic recreational practices in community spaces; outdoor and solution-focused therapies; global perspectives of child, youth, family, and community research and practices; (auto)ethnographic methods; narrative inquiry; and community-arts-based methodologies.

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The School of Child and Youth Care's PhD program is undergoing a renewal and not accepting applications at this time.

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