Child Studies (MA)

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Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Thesis, Course-based
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
2 years
Credits
45 credits
Start term
Fall
Experiential learning
Internship

Program overview

The MA in Child Studies investigates child cognition, emotion, social functioning, language, literacy, numeracy, moral development, special needs learners, and play. Education researchers also consider the critical role that families, peers, teachers, schools, inclusive practices, communities and culture play in development. They examine factors that shape children’s development using quantitative, mixed method, and qualitative approaches (including arts-based methodologies). Students also have access to our Observation Nursery to document children’s learning processes. Faculty members offer individualized mentorship and support, allowing students to link theory to practice while completing an internship project or thesis. Montreal provides numerous settings in which students can work with children and families in both English and French, including Quebec’s universal childcare system, preschool programs, diverse schools (including French immersion and alternative schools), after-school programs, two children's hospitals, and community services.

Program structure

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of a B average and a significant concentration in child studies, education or related discipline.
  • Minimum one year of professional experience in the field of child care, education or related areas is desirable.
  • Bilingualism is an asset, but not a requirement.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process


Application deadlines

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FALL

December 1

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WINTER

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summer

SUMMER

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Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.


Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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