MA requirements

General requirements

The MA in Child and Youth Care program consists of 18 units to be completed within five years*. It is possible for full time students to complete the program in two years. All core courses are delivered on-campus.

The program includes:

  • six core courses (9 units)
  • a supervised practicum (minimum of 1.5 units)
  • an applied research project or thesis (4.5 units)
  • two electives (3 units)

Program delivery

The program normally follows this general pattern:

First year:

  • Fall term: two core courses
  • Spring term: two core courses
  • Summer term: two core courses

Please note the two required electives can be completed in any term.

Second year:

  • Fall term: practicum
  • Subsequent terms until completion: Thesis or Applied Research Project

* The maximum time allowed for degree completion is five years.

Practicum placements

Child and youth care practice experience is essential to the master's program. You will be required to complete at least one practicum placement in an approved setting. Learn more about practicum at the graduate level.

The following courses are required for all students:

  • CYC 541 (1.5) Historical and Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives in Child and Youth Care
  • CYC 543 (1.5) Qualitative Research Methods in Child and Youth Care
  • CYC 545 (1.5) Quantitative Research Methods in Child and Youth Care
  • CYC 546 (1.5) Human Change Processes: From Theory to Practice
  • CYC 553 (1.5) Practicum in Child and Youth Care
  • CYC 558 (1.5) Graduate Writing Seminar
  • CYC 565 (1.5) Child and Adolescent Development in Context
  • CYC 598 (6.0) Applied Research Project
    OR
    CYC 599 (6.0) Thesis

Program electives include the following courses:

  • CYC 547 (1.5) Professional Leadership in Child and Youth Care
  • CYC 549 (1.5) Models and Strategies for Child and Youth Care Intervention
  • CYC 551 (1.5) Ensuring Quality in Child and Youth Care Programs
  • CYC 552 (1.5) Ethics in Practice
  • CYC 554 (1.5) Diversity in Practice
  • CYC 561 (1.5 or 3.0) Special Topics in Child and Youth Care Theory*
  • CYC 562 (1.5 or 3.0) Special Topics in Child and Youth Care Intervention*
  • CYC 563 (1.5 or 3.0) Specialized Practicum in Child and Youth Care
  • CYC 564 (1.5 or 3.0) Special Topics in Child and Youth Care Research*
  • CYC 590 (1.5 or 3.0) Directed Studies in Child and Youth Care
  • GS 505 (1.5) Multidisciplinary Research Internship: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth, and Family Services and Policies

*The content of special topics courses offered will vary from year to year and not all electives will be offered each year.

Directed studies courses involve individual work under the direct supervision of one or more faculty members. You will be responsible for approaching potential instructors and creating the course outline in consultation with them.

Before you can register in the course, the instructor and the school's graduate adviser must approve the course's content, credit value, and method of evaluation.

You'll also need to complete a pro forma proposal form.

Our MA graduates have found employment opportunities with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, BC Representative for Children and Youth, local school districts, private practice, as well as with universities and colleges across Canada.

Click here to read where our alumni have found employment and the types of positions they were able to obtain.