Next PhD cohort intake - September 2024

The School of Child and Youth Care is excited to announce that we are about to undertake a complete review and renewal of our Graduate Program, starting in September 2020.

Our renewal process will include extensive consultation with current students, faculty, community stakeholders, and national and international CYC and allied programs. This process will involve a pause of PhD student intake.

The next PhD admissions cycle will be for September 2024, when our doctoral program will be relaunched. The admissions portal for the September 2024 intake will open in February 2024.

We look forward to relaunching a Graduate CYC Program that supports the priorities, strengths and needs of our students and the children, youth, families and communities with whom they work. Applicants accepted into the 2024 PhD cohort will be the first to benefit from our renewed graduate program.

If you would like to be put on a mailing list for prospective 2024 PhD students and receive updates about the progress of our program relaunch, please contact the graduate program assistant at

Admission requirements

You will need a minimum B+ average and a Master's degree in child and youth care or an allied discipline that demonstrates research experience and a capacity to conduct research. If your previous degrees didn't have a research component, you will need to undertake and write a qualifying research activity.

Short-listed PhD applicants may be required to participate in a telephone-based interview as part of the overall screening and application process.

If accepted, you will be assigned one faculty member as your primary supervisor and one to serve on your supervisory committee. Admission to the program is restricted by the availability of faculty supervisors.

You are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding. Be sure to indicate on your application where you have applied for funding.

Admissions process

After Graduate Admissions and Records receives your application materials, 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.