Child and Youth Studies (MA)

A unique multi-disciplinary approach to studying children and youth where students are encouraged to think and study across traditional disciplinary boundaries. This program is part of a growing international movement for multi and transdisciplinary perspectives in Child and Youth Studies. Students gain a theoretical foundation for the study of children and youth and the application of social science research methods through the completion of a research-based thesis.

Entry point:

  • September


  • Thesis – 2 years (6 terms)

This program is funded for the defined length above, as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • January 15th

Applications are accepted until the program is full. Applications submitted after the deadline may be looked at on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications typically open in October.

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • A personal statement of research interests. It should be no more than two double-spaced pages (or one single-spaced page) and provide some indication of your research experience (i.e., thesis research, research assistant work) and your intermediate and long-term goals for pursuing a Masters degree in Child and Youth Studies. Also, as part of your statement, please rank your preferred faculty member(s) and speak to how this individual is best suited to your research interests.
    • A recent example of written work (no more than 12 pages in length), or a demonstration of professional experience.
    • Two references, preferably academic, are required.
    • Current CV (Curriculum Vitae).

Career outcomes

  • PhD programs in Child and Youth Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Education and related disciplines
  • Positions in social service agencies supporting children and youth
  • Positions in government agencies
  • Careers in education related fields
  • Professional positions in related fields concerned with children and youth
  • Child and youth advocacy, including children’s rights