MA program

CYC Master's Program Renewal 

The School of Child and Youth Care is excited to announce that we are undertaking a complete review and renewal of our Master's Program. To date, our renewal process has included extensive consultation with current students, faculty, alumni, community stakeholders, and national and international CYC and allied programs. This process has involved a one-year pause of MA student intake for the 2021-22 academic year.

We are still in the early stages of the lengthy approval process through multiple levels of governance at UVic for our renewed MA program; however, we are able to provide an update on the proposed changes to the program. Here are some highlights of our proposal for the MA program to be relaunched in fall of 2022, which we hope will be helpful:

  • Proposed new program name: In alignment with the renewal of program and the community-engaged scholarship of many of our faculty, the name of our MA and PhD programs will be changed from “Child and Youth Care” to “Child, Youth, Family and Community Studies.” This new name more accurately reflects the scope of our program, the expertise of our faculty, and the type of research and practice undertaken by our students. It recognizes that our program situates children and youth as inextricable from their families and communities. The name of our undergraduate program and academic unit will remain unchanged.
  • Proposed changes to admissions: The program will aim to accept a larger and more diverse annual cohort than in the past. There will be a greater emphasis on relevant work and life experiences in our admissions process, and our admission requirements will include a minimum of 2 years (3,000 hours) relevant human services experience concurrent with/after an undergraduate degree with two supporting references.
  • Proposed courses: The MA program will continue to have six required core courses, but will no longer require students to complete any elective courses.
  • Proposed delivery format: The core MA courses will move to a primarily online course delivery format. Two core courses will be offered online in both the fall and spring terms, with the final two core courses offered as an intensive on-campus summer institute at the end of the first year.
  • Proposed change to practicum: There will continue to be a minimum 1.5 unit required practicum course. This course will have stronger and more direct linkages to the core course content.

Once our proposed MA program renewal has been approved through all levels of the University, we will announce the relaunch of the program here and open the admissions portal on February 15, 2022. We welcome you to apply then for admission to our renewed Master’s program for September 2022.

Due to the proposed nature of our graduate program renewal, we are unable to respond to individual questions about the program and admissions at this time. If you would like to be added to a mailing list for prospective 2022 students and receive updates via email about the progress of our program relaunch, please contact the graduate program assistant at

We will continue to provide updates on this page as our proposal moves through the approval process. Please check back here for these updates and for more detailed information about the program changes as they are approved.