Please note that our application window is shorter this year. Our online admission portal opens on September 1, 2023 and closes on NOVEMBER 30, 2023 for September 2024 entry.

Please ensure that all the application requirements and supporting documentation of both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies MA program are submitted by the November 30th deadline, including academic and professional references supplied by your referees.
Incomplete applications will not be considered in the review and selection process.


How to apply

We admit students on an annual basis for September entry, with limited enrollment. Go to the My UVic Application page, complete the Graduate Admissions Online Application and pay the application fee. For assistance with your application, please contact Graduate Admissions & Records at


Admissions Requirements

There are two sets of requirements for admission to graduate studies at UVic. You must satisfy the minimum admission standards set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and you must meet the admissions requirements of the Master of Arts Program in Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies. Please see below for both.

Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admissions standards:

  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by UVic
  • Equivalent of a minimum “B” average (5.00 GPA) over the last two years of your degree
  • Any requirements specific to the program of study to which you are applying

Master of Arts Program in Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies minimum admissions standards:

  • A minimum of two years (3,000 hours) of full-time, relevant paid or unpaid (volunteer) work and/or community-engaged experience, concurrent with/after an undergraduate degree, with two supporting professional references
  • All admissions requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies per above

The UVic Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves the right to refuse applicants for admission on the basis of their overall academic record, even if they technically meet the published admission requirements. It is also not guaranteed that applicants, who meet the minimum published requirements, will be admitted to any faculty, program or course.


Application Requirements

All required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application. You are able to save and return to your application to make changes and upload documents. Your application cannot be processed until the application fee has been paid. 

Required by Graduate Admissions:

  • Completed Graduate Admissions Online Application and application fee paid in full
  • Unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended
    (If admitted to the program, you will be required to provide official transcripts to Graduate Admissions & Records in a sealed envelope directly from the institution.)
  • Courses in progress: If you are currently enrolled in courses or will be completing additional coursework before your entry point to the University of Victoria, provide course details in your online application
  • Language Competency results: Mandatory for all International applicants whose first language is not English
  • Two Academic Assessments: Applicants must provide the names and professional email addresses of two academic referees in the online application. Once an application has been completed, referees will receive notification via email, stating that they have been identified by the applicant to provide an academic assessment. In this email, referees will be given the name of the applicant, program/degree, and term to which the applicant is applying, and will be asked to submit their academic assessment using a secure, online reporting system.
    If applicants have completed their undergraduate degree more than 5 years ago and are not able to obtain academic assessments from former instructors, referees, who know the applicant in a professional capacity, may be chosen instead to complete academic assessments. Academic referees should be able to assess preparedness for graduate studies. It is recommended that academic and professional references not be provided by the same referees.
    (Please ensure that you advise your selected referees that they will be receiving an assessment request from Graduate Admissions.)

International applicants must provide additional application information to Graduate Admissions and pay an international application fee.


Required by the Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies Master’s Program:

  • CYFCS Application Form: Completed in full and uploaded to the Statement of Intent field in the online application.
    (Please ensure your responses on the application form fit within the word count of the answer fields. Responses that go over the word count or that are sent as attachments/addendums to the application form will not be reviewed by the selection committee.)
  • Two Professional References: Completed on CYFCS Professional Reference forms by referees with whom you have worked or by whom you have been supervised while completing the required two-years of relevant work experience (see Admissions Requirements above). Forms to be emailed to and by November 30, 2023.
  • Sample of academic writing that demonstrates critical engagement with the scholarly literature. (You may use a paper from your undergraduate degree.)
  • Complete, current Resumé/CV: To include work, education and training history and demonstrate how the two-year (3,000 hours) relevant work experience requirement has been met (see Admissions Requirements above)

After Graduate Admissions & Records receives your completed application, the admission process involves the following steps:

  1. An admissions officer in Graduate Admissions & Records makes sure your application meets their minimum admissions standards (see above), including calculating your basis of admission GPA, and that all required supporting documents have been submitted.
  2. If the application is complete and meets the minimum admissions standards of Graduate Studies, it is forwarded to the Master of Arts Program in Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies.
  3. The graduate program admissions committee reviews the applications and selects applicants for admission.
  4. Offers of admission are sent out to selected applicants in early- to mid-April.