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Human Systems Intervention (MA)

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Master of Arts (MA)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
2 years
45 credits
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Program overview

The MA in Human Systems Intervention prepares you to plan and implement whole system change processes. You will explore the theories behind various change approaches in order to facilitate and engage with clients as you design and implement interventions. Collaborating with other students, you will gain a deep understanding of how individuals, teams and systems function, and will apply that knowledge to interventions for third-party organizations. Our course schedule is designed so that students can immediately put the skills they acquire to use in the workplace. Our field supervisors are graduates who now occupy positions in companies such as Deloitte, Manulife Financial Corporation, Bombardier Inc., the McGill University Health Centre and the House of Commons of Canada.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Applied Human Sciences Courses page for course descriptions.

Human Systems Intervention MA (45 credits)


credits of Required Courses:


AHSC 610 Group Process Intervention (3.00)
AHSC 620 Learning and Individual Change Processes (3.00)
AHSC 631 Research Methods (3.00)
AHSC 640 Facilitating Social Justice and Equity in Human Systems (3.00)
AHSC 660 Philosophy and Ethics of Intervention (3.00)
AHSC 672 Consultation, Planning, and Intervention (6.00)
AHSC 680 Facilitating Individual and Group Learning Processes (6.00)
AHSC 683 Special Topics in Human Systems Intervention (3.00)
AHSC 685 Coaching Interventions and Processes (3.00)




AHSC 692 Master's Project (9.00)


credits of Elective Courses chosen from: 


AHSC 675 Introduction to Open Systems Theory (3.00)
AHSC 681 Special Topics (3.00)
AHSC 682 Special Topics (6.00)
AHSC 695 Independent Study I (3.00)
AHSC 696 Independent Study II (3.00)


Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum two years of full-time work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum B average or a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  • A clearly delineated career intention concerning the development of intervention expertise for a particular domain of professional practice.
  • Capacity to undertake all core courses of the first year in the scheduled sequence of the program.
  • 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


February 1





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 and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $3,000 in special funding for non-thesis master's programs. Learn more

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