MA program

The Master of Arts program is designed for those interested in child and youth studies and practice. This academic program draws from a variety of disciplines and approaches including but not limited to child and youth care, social pedagogy, education, psychology, health, criminology, Indigenous studies, anthropology, women’s studies, political theory and sociology.

Working within both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, faculty members draw from a range of conceptual perspectives including but not limited to developmental, humanist, pragmatist, feminist, poststructural, and postcolonial theories.

Students in the MA program develop theoretically informed, practice-based understandings of issues related to children and youth in relation to their social, cultural, and political contexts.

Although many incoming students have an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care, the program also welcomes students with allied degrees combined with relevant child and youth care practice experience.

Students are admitted on an annual basis for September entry for either full- or part-time studies. Learn about admission requirements.

Customize your program

Our graduate students work with faculty members from an array of disciplinary backgrounds. You'll have opportunities to take different pathways in your degree depending on your topic area and research methodology. Through coursework, supervised practica and thesis research or culminating project, you can tailor your program in order to gain expertise in specific areas.

Flexible program delivery

  • Customize your program by choosing electives and a practicum that will advance your own research and practice interests.
  • Take electives at other institutions through the Western Deans Agreement.
  • Stay in your home community for your practicum and thesis work.

Research opportunities

Join our internationally recognized researchers in our vibrant graduate program. You will work alongside faculty members engaged in diverse programs of research that focus on a range of issues related to the well-being of children, youth, families and communities.

Teaching and research assistant opportunities

Graduate students are eligible to apply for a limited number of TA and RA positions each year. Sessional teaching opportunities are also available for our PhD students.


Our MA graduates work in a variety of settings, including mental health services, child welfare, early years programs, post-secondary institutions, private practice and provincial, national and international governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Current MA student profiles.

Based on the completion of specific courses, our graduates are eligible to begin taking steps towards registration to the BC Clinical Counsellors Association (RCC).  This may require additional coursework and practica hours depending on the student's undergraduate degree. Also see The Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapists in British Columbia.