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Child and Youth Care

The School of Child and Youth Care researches practices that support the well-being of children, youth, families and communities. Our community- and social justice-based approach embraces diverse perspectives and life experiences.

You’ll gain a practice-based understanding of issues related to child and youth care. Our programs offer a range of conceptual perspective to expand your personal practices.

Our graduates work in a range of settings, including:

  • Mental health services
  • Child welfare
  • Early years programs
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Private practices
  • Provincial, national and international governmental agencies
  • Non-governmental agencies

Degree programs offered

In our MA program, you’ll develop an understanding of issues related to children and youth. 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. Graduates who have taken specific courses can work toward registration with the BC Clinical Counsellors Association to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).

Our PhD program will prepare you for a position in higher education. You’ll gain the skills to be a leader at the provincial, national or international level. This program will give you the power to influence teaching, policy, program development and more. You’ll craft a doctoral dissertation that will show your expertise in a focus of child and youth care.

This diploma addresses the need for child and youth care specialists in the developing world. This program will train you to advance country-identified developmental priorities. You’ll work within a country-specific graduate diploma program that is both culturally- and contextually-appropriate.

This program is only available through specific country sponsorships. Completion of this diploma doesn’t automatically count toward a Master’s degree. Admissions to the Child and Youth Care graduate program is a separate process.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 3 years Yes No
PhD 5 years Yes No
Graduate diploma 1-2 years No Yes

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate, Diploma
Program delivery:
On-campus, Other: Flexible
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Child and youth care
  • Social pedagogy
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Health
  • Criminology
  • Indigenous studies
  • Anthropology
  • Women’s studies
  • Political theory
  • Sociology

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Alan Pence

Professor Early childhood education, care and development (ECD); International development and ECD; Graduate level ECD leadership development; ECD in sub-Saharan Africa; ECD and Indigenous communities

James Anglin

Professor Assessment of education and training needs in human services, parent education and parent support, qualitative research approaches, grounded theory, international child and youth care, residential child and youth care, quality assurance in child and family services, child advocacy and youth in care

Marie Hoskins

Professor Adolescent girls' development/eating disorders, family counselling, identity issues

Sibylle Artz

Professor Collaborative community-based focused on the prevention of violence in peer-relationships, families, schools and communities and online; gender and violence; violence resilience.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by January 15.

Note: We accept MA students annually, but PhD students only in odd-numbered years.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary at or 250-472-4857.

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