2023-2024 Academic Year

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Christine McLean, BCS (Mount Saint Vincent University), B Ed (Acadia), M Ed (University of Cincinnati), PhD (University of Toronto, OISE), Associate Professor


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 pre-primary 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 msvu.ca/applyonline 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 may be considered by the Department’s Graduate Committee for fall admission.

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Child and Youth Study. This advisor will be a faculty member of the Department of Child and Youth Study with whom the student is encouraged to discuss program requirements, research interests, and academic goals.  Any changes to a student’s program must be approved by the Department of Child and Youth Study.

Program Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 5.0 units, including a 1.0 unit thesis. Academic standing and grading criteria as outlined in sections 2.2.13 Graduate Level Grading Scheme and 2.2.12 Academic Standing will be followed.

Required Courses:

  • 0.5 unit GCYS 6010
  • 0.5 unit GCYS 6012
  • 0.5 unit GCYS 6035
  • 1.0 unit GCYS 6130

❏ 1.0 unit of GCYS courses not otherwise required

❏ 0.5 unit of research methods from the following list or as approved by the Child and Youth Study Graduate Committee:

GEDU 6100                0.5 unit
GEDU 6107                0.5 unit
GFSG 6606                0.5 unit

❏ 1.0 unit of graduate level electives

Note: Note: Electives may be selected from GCYS courses otherwise not required including GCYS Directed Study or Special Topics courses, and courses from other departments at the Mount or other universities. Students are encouraged to make their elective selection in consultation with their academic advisor or thesis supervisor. Students wishing to take coursework at another university must comply with Mount Saint Vincent University regulations regarding transfer of credit and obtain the necessary Letter of Permissions (LOP).


Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2023-2024 academic year which runs from September 01, 2023 to August 31, 2024.

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

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