MA Program in Child, Youth, Family & Community Studies

Relaunch of Master's Program in Child, Youth, Family & Community Studies in Fall 2022

The School of Child and Youth Care is pleased to announce that the renewal of our Master's Program has now been approved at all levels of governance at UVic! Our MA Program will be relaunched as the Master's Program in Child, Youth, Family & Community Studies for fall of 2022.

Here is an overview of our relaunched MA Program, including program requirements, courses, and course schedule:

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 program is now 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.

Revised Admissions Requirements

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 include a minimum of 2 years (3,000 hours) relevant human services experience concurrent with/after an undergraduate degree, with two supporting professional references and a resume/CV outlining the experience.

Our online admission portal is OPEN NOW (February 15, 2022) and closes on March 15, 2022. Please see our APPLY page for instructions on how to apply and more detailed application information.

New Program Outcomes

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

  1. 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.
  2. Respect for and commitment to the wellbeing, resurgence and self-determination of Indigenous nations globally, with responsibilities to local First Peoples.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Knowledge and application of diverse research methods, methodologies and knowledge mobilization approaches that reflect multiple contexts, knowledges and research paradigms.

Program Requirements

  • Courses - Six required core courses (see list below)
  • Practicum - 1.5 unit/200 hour required practicum course
  • Thesis or Applied Research Project
  • No required electives


Course Title Term Offered Format
CYC 541: Decolonial, Critical and Justice-Oriented Theories in CYFCS Fall (September-December) Online
CYC 544: Research Design and Knowledge Mobilization Fall (September-December) Online
CYC 550: Program Planning, Policy, Advocacy and Leadership Spring (January-April) Online
CYC 558: Applied Research Seminar Spring (January-April) Online
CYC 546: Global Practices for Human and Social Change Summer (May-July) On-campus (3-week institute)
CYC 586: Advanced Land-based Approaches in CYFCS Summer (May-July) On-campus (3-week institute)
CYC 553: Practicum in CYFCS All terms - after all core courses completed Online and on-site at field placement

The MA in CYFC Studies may be used as partial fulfilment towards a provincial or national counselling certification or credential. It is the student’s responsibility to understand eligibility requirements for a counselling credential or certification in their local jurisdiction.

Please note: Given the very high number of inquiries and the significant diversity and changing nature of licensing requirements for clinical counselling certification provincially and nationally, we are unable to provide students with any individual guidance and information about clinical accreditation options. It is the responsibility of students to contact the regulating bodies directly and to determine which aspects of their individual graduate program might meet the requirements. Students are also responsible for arranging their own applications for certification. The CYFCS Graduate Program cannot provide guidance or support in meeting these requirements.