PhD program


The PhD program prepares graduates for positions in higher education and for leadership at the provincial, national, and international levels. Through research and, in particular, the scholarship of practice, graduates will influence teaching, research, policy, practice, program development, and evaluation.

We are committed to addressing issues related to communities or populations that have been historically oppressed or marginalized. Our graduate courses address theoretical and practical foundations for working within and across cultures.

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 assistantship and research assistantship 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 next intake is scheduled for September 2023, with limited enrolment. 

Financial assistance

Financing your education is easier than you think. UVic is offering more scholarships, grants and awards to more students than ever before. Learn about financial assistance.

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