PhD program

CYC Doctoral Program Renewal 

The School of Child and Youth Care is excited to announce that we are undertaking a complete review and renewal of our PhD 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 pause of PhD student intake.

We first focussed on the renewal of our Master's program, which was relaunched in 2022, and have now turned our attention to the renewal of the Doctoral program. The PhD renewal will follow the same lengthy approval process through multiple levels of governance at UVic, and we will provide updates on the proposed changes to the program as they are confirmed. The PhD program will be relaunched in September of 2025.

Once our proposed PhD 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 September 1, 2024. We welcome you to apply then for admission to our renewed Doctoral program for September 2025.

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 PhD 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 is developed and begins to move through the approval process. Please check back here for these updates and for more detailed information about the program changes as they are developed.

You'll find detailed fee information on the Graduate Admissions and Records site.

See also information on annual living costs including tuition, housing, books and more.

The Western Deans' Agreement (WDA) allows graduate students to take courses for credit through other member universities.

Note: The university at which you are enrolled in a degree program is your home institution. The university at which you wish to take a course is the host institution.

Khama Chibwana

Khama Chibwana is a Ph.D. Student in the School of Child and Youth Care. He is also a Lecturer in the Human Ecology at the University of Malawi. His area of specialization is early childhood development, and his research interests focus on assessment of determinants and outcomes of child care and education, child protection, and parenting. His dissertation title is, Narrative Evaluation of a Community-based Child Care and Education Intervention: The Case of Muula Center in Zomba, Malawi.

Scott Kouri

Scott Kouri is a third generation Lebanese-English Canadian who currently lives in Victoria BC, on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples. He works as a clinical counsellor at the University of Victoria, in private practice, and in First Nations contexts. He teaches mental health and addictions, development, counselling and group work, and cultural contexts of care at UVic and Camosun College. His research interests include mental health and addictions, psychotherapy and counselling, clinical training and supervision, sexualized violence, emerging adulthood, concepts of self, identity, and subjectivity, Indigenous and settler colonial studies, capitalism and empire, and critical pedagogy. He has three young children named Kobe, Cypress, and Jaden.

See also: Alumni Profiles