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Application deadline for September 2020 entry:

January 15, 2020

Note: In order to allow time for your references to be received, it is recommended that you apply early.

How to apply

We admit students on an annual basis for September entry, with limited enrolment. You can apply for either full or part-time study.

Applying to UVic online is easy. You will find full instructions on the main UVic website. If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact Graduate Admissions and Records.

Admission requirements

You will need to have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized university, or equivalent qualifications, with an academic standing acceptable to the School and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In general, this means a B standing (5.00 GPA) or better in the final two years of your undergraduate degree.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in child and youth care you will need to demonstrate suitability for the Master's program in terms of appropriate vocational background and future career goals.

Candidates with two or more years of professional experience in the child and youth care field will be evaluated more favorably than those with limited or no practice experience.

Application checklist

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PLEASE NOTE: Information updated September 17, 2018.

You need to upload your supporting documents to your online application. You are able to save and return to your application. Your application cannot be processed without the application fee.

  • Complete a Graduate Admissions online application form and pay the application fee.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended. If you are admitted to the program, you will be required to provide official transcripts to Graduate Admissions and Records in a sealed envelope 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, please provide course details at the time of completing your online application.
  • Language competency results (mandatory for all International students whose first language is not English).
  • Two academic references -Applicants must provide the names and professional email addresses of two academic referees in the online application. Once your application has been submitted, referees will receive notification by email, stating that they have been identified by you 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 assessment using a secure, online reporting system. For applicants who completed their undergraduate degree more than five years ago and are unable to secure two academic references, professional references from referees who can speak to your academic skills (e.g., critical thinking, writing, research and presentation skills, learning style, readiness for graduate studies, etc.) are also acceptable.
  • One professional reference on the SCYC MA professional reference form.
  • Letter of Intent: This is an important part of the application process. It provides an opportunity for the admissions committee to consider the degree of compatibility between the Master’s program and your preparation and aspirations. It should be one or two typed pages, outlining:
    1. What has led you to apply to this particular graduate program?
    2. How has your experience with children, youth, families and/or communities prepared you for this program?
    3. What are you professional strengths and limitations?
    4. Our Master's program requires the completion of a research study. Your specific research focus will be determined while in the program, but, as a starting place, what are your current, key research topics of interest?
    5. What are your long-term goals relating to this program?
    6. What are your expectations for the program in terms of personal and professional learning?
    7. Do you have any special needs or requirements, or possible restrictions from full participation in the program?
  • A sample of academic writing that demonstrates critical engagement with the scholarly literature. You may use a paper from your undergraduate degree.
  • A complete work, education and training history resumé that differentiates paid employment from unpaid/voluntary work.

How the admissions process works

After Graduate Admissions and Records receives your online application, the admission process involves the following steps:

  1. An admissions officer in Graduate Admissions and Records makes sure your GPA meets their requirements and that all required supporting documents have been submitted.
  2. If the application is complete, it is forwarded to the School of Child and Youth Care graduate program.
  3. The School's graduate admissions committee reviews the applications.
  4. Offers of admission are usually sent out in mid to late March.