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Chair: Joan Turner BA (University of Winnipeg), MSc (University of Manitoba) PhD. (University of Missouri), Professor

Admission Requirements

Students will normally have completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum of a B average (GPA of 3.0), preferably in a social science area (e.g., early childhood; child and youth study; psychology; education; social work; family studies; sociology).

Credit for the following undergraduate courses is required of applicants:

  • statistics
  • research methods
  • human developmental psychology in areas of childhood and/or adolescence.

Where there are deficiencies students may be required to complete additional coursework with a minimum B grade for admission into the program.

Applicants are required to have experience in an area related to the child and youth field, such as: child and youth care worker, early interventionist, early childhood educator/administrator, educational assistant, child and youth coordinator, pre-primary educator or preprimary lead, child advocacy worker, child protection worker, youth outreach, child and youth counsellor, international child development. Those without relevant experience who are admitted to the MA(CYS) will be required to complete GCYS 6609 in their first year; this course is not counted toward the 5.0 units required for graduation.

Applicants must submit a “Statement of Intent” essay of approximately 1500 words. This statement should outline the applicant’s knowledge about the Child and Youth Study graduate degree program and how it will help them achieve their academic and/or professional goals; their experience in child and youth study fields and how it will be of use in their study for the MA degree; and a description of their thesis research focus of interest.

Applicants must complete the Graduate Studies Application Package available online at or from the Admissions Office by February 15 for fall admission in order to be considered for University scholarships, however admissions received after this date will be considered by the Department’s Graduate Committee for fall/winter admission.

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2022-2023 academic year which runs from September 01, 2022 to August 31, 2023.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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