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Child Studies (MA)


Masters/Magisteriate (45 credits)

Program Admission Deadline dates:

  • Summer = No Admission
  • Fall = January 15 (for a complete file)
  • Winter = Sept. 15 (for a complete file) | Canadian and Permanent Residents Only


  • Application form and fee
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3 letters of reference (academic assessment forms are available on the application site). Two academic references are required and one should be professional.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Permanent Residents, neither English nor French speaking: English Department Placement Test and must achieve the level of ENGL 212 or higher
  • International applicants whose first language is neither English nor French: iBTOEFL (90+) or paper-based TOEFL (577+), or IELTS (7.0+).
  • Official transcripts (graduate and undergraduate) for all previous university studies (complete and incomplete); if the transcript is in a language other than English or French, official translations are required along with the original language transcripts.
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent resident status, or refugee status.

Concordia University's Master of Arts in Child Studies (M.A. Child Studies) provides an individualized and exciting way to enter the world of children from a variety of scholarly and practical perspectives. The program provides students the opportunity to examine critically a variety of issues relating to children and education (pre-school to high school) from multiple perspectives: developmental, cognitive, social, and cultural. These issues may be related to the child in the family, the community, or the school environment, and may include areas of concentration in daycare, play and socialization, curriculum and instruction, learning in the content areas, children and technology, exceptionalities, and language development.

In keeping with Concordia University's motto, "Real Education for the Real World," students working toward the M.A. Child Studies degree will be collaborating closely with program faculty who are prominent professionals, researchers, as well as active practitioners. These individualized partnerships make the M.A. Child Studies program a unique and fulfilling experience for all students.

Currently, students may choose one of two options in their pursuit of this degree:

  • (1) Option A (Thesis Option): Students choosing the Thesis Option will pursue advanced studies in a particular area of interest and will then conduct a research project under the supervision of program faculty that will culminate in a thesis.
  • (2) Option B (Internship Option): Students selecting the Internship Option will pursue advanced studies in a chosen area and engage in an internship project to address an applied problem or topical issue in child studies. The project involves 200 hours of field work in a setting that involves the care or education of children and a comprehensive Internship Report based on this experience.
Program Information

Faculty research interests

Program faculty are actively involved in research covering such areas as children's social behaviour in daycare settings; children and technology; exceptionalities and inclusive education; children play and socialization; historical perspectives on childcare; curriculum and instruction in the early childhood setting and elementary grades; popular culture of youth and children; physical activity, health, and well-being; gender issues; family and children; international issues in early childhood education; teaching and teacher education; learning and cognition with an emphasis on mathematics, science, and critical thinking; and educational psychology.


Admission requirements

Applicants to the program culminating in the degree of Master of Arts in Child Studies are selected on the basis of past academic performance, letters of recommendation, field experience, and the relevance of their individual interests to the areas of specialization of the program faculty. To be accepted into the program, a student is required to have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a significant concentration of courses in child studies, education, or a related discipline. In addition, at least one year of professional experience in the field of childcare, education, or a related area or areas is desirable.

For students whose first language is not English or French, a test of English language proficiency is required. To fulfill this requirement you must provide one of the following: iBTOEFL (90+), or paper based TOEFL (577+), or IELTS (7.0+), or proof that you have achieved the level of Concordia’s English 212 course (testing is available through Concordia’s English Department). Please contact the department for further details.


Application deadlines

Applications (and all documents) should be received by January 15 for the fall session, and September 15 for the winter session. International students may apply for the fall session only

How to apply: go to and choose "Apply to Concordia"

Requirement for Degree

1. Credits. Fully qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

3. Languages. For students intending to seek employment in Quebec, a good working knowledge of both French and English will be indispensable.

4. Courses. Students may enter either Option A or B (described above) and must complete CHST 600, 601, 603, 604, and 607 as the core segment of their program of study..


Academic regulations

One C grade may count toward the required or optional courses in the program. If a student is allowed to continue, only one C grade may count toward graduation. For additional C grades, the student must either repeat the course that was granted a C and receive either an A or B grade, or register for an acceptable substitute and receive an A or B grade. If a student receives a grade of F in any course, the student will be required to withdraw from the program.


Child Studies - M.A.
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