Why pursue a Master's in Human Systems Intervention?
Gain the confidence and capacity to contract with clients, evaluate group dynamics and carry out change processes. Explore the theories behind various change modalities that will enable you to facilitate and engage with stakeholders as you design an intervention.
The MA in Human Systems Intervention provides a stimulating academic environment where you will learn how to plan and implement whole system change processes. Working in close collaboration with students in your cohort, you will gain a deep understanding of how individuals, teams and systems function, learn, and change, applying that knowledge to interventions for third-party organizations.
Benefit from a concentrated program structure that allows you to continue working part-time while you study. Our course schedule is designed so students can take the skills they learn in class and immediately put them into use in their workplace. The schedule also permits students to live in other cities and commute to Montreal to attend class and on-campus residencies.
In addition to the individualized support distinguished faculty members provide during your classes and master’s project, you will also work with a field supervisor who has a great deal of experience working in the context you are interested in. Field supervisors are graduates from our program who now occupy prominent positions in a number of highly successful institutions, including Deloitte, Manulife Financial Corporation, Bombardier Inc., the McGill University Health Centre, and the House of Commons of Canada.
Note: An interview is required before admission to the program. Selected applicants will be contacted by the program office.
Successful completion of a Basic Human Interaction Laboratory is also required as a prerequisite before final admission to the program. This laboratory is normally done after the applicant has been granted conditional admission. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the organizations listed here for additional information and to make all necessary arrangements.
The Basic Human Interaction Laboratory is a week-long residency that all prospective students are required to attend. The residency is designed to give students an opportunity to evaluate if they are able to dedicate enough of their time and resources to successfully manage the program workload. The laboratory also emphasizes that active knowledge construction is a key component of the program and that interpersonal and group skills are crucial.
Several awards and scholarships are available for new students, and consideration for funding opportunities is automatically part of the admissions process. In addition, students are eligible for Research Assistant positions on funded research grants, and are encouraged to network with faculty members to determine if work opportunities are available.
The Faculty of Arts and Science supports graduate students by awarding a variety of scholarships and bursaries such as:
Research-active faculty members represent the diversity of approaches that are built into our program. They regularly publish in a variety of different venues and have won a number of awards for excellence in teaching.
Our alumni are highly sought after by intergovernmental organizations, universities, multinational corporations, consulting companies, governments, community-based programs and international aid organizations. Graduates are working as advisors, consultants, writers, coaches, professors, counsellors, associates and directors.
Example of organizations and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
“The program not only gave me tools and experience in individual, group and system change processes, it also significantly shifted my worldview and the ways I approach my personal and professional relationships.”
“What I valued most is the collective intelligence and wisdom of the HSI community. They are a committed group of professionals who are busy changing the world and always eager to connect and share resources.”
“Everything I do is informed by what I learned in this program. Professors often pop into my head, offering their lenses for seeing and doing work with systems in ways that are collaborative and generative.”
“What distinguishes HSI from what I have experienced before is the quality of the faculty and staff. They are a group of people committed to giving students a safe space to explore and to question.”