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Youth Work (GrDip)

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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
1 year
33 credits
Start term
Experiential learning

Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Youth Work gives you an understanding of the various approaches and practices used in the field, combining the latest principles of youth development with training in clinical interventions. You will develop the skills needed to support young people aged 10 to 30 while gaining exposure to a variety of professional settings. Under the guidance of our faculty members you will learn about a wide range of clinical approaches with young people, including an emphasis on relational, emancipatory and psycho-educational techniques. Montreal’s culturally diverse population offers work opportunities with groups in need such as First Nations and refugee youth, as well as programs in addiction and residential care. After completion of the Youth Work program, graduates may use their coursework toward building a portfolio for an "application par equivalences" to Quebec's professional orders, such as the Ordre des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices, or the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.

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

Youth Work Graduate Diploma (33 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

AHSC 510 Advanced Research Methods in Youth Work (3.00)
AHSC 520 Psychoeducation and Youth Work Ethics in Practice (3.00)
AHSC 522 Fundamentals of Child and Youth Care Work (3.00)
AHSC 525 Individual Intervention with Youth (3.00)
AHSC 527 Advanced Youth Work Intervention: Case Management and Supervision (3.00)
AHSC 530 Community Youth Development (3.00)
AHSC 540 Mental Health and Addictions: Youth Work Perspectives, Policies and Practices (3.00)
AHSC 565 Parent-Child Relations (3.00)

9credits chosen from Youth Work Graduate Diploma Electives or Youth Work Graduate Diploma Required Fieldwork courses.

Youth Work Graduate Diploma Electives (12 credits)

In cases where cross-listed courses at the undergraduate level have already been completed, the candidate is required to select electives from the courses listed below to fulfill the 33-credit requirement. All substitutions must be made in consultation with the program advisor.

AHSC 512 Sexuality in Human Relations (3.00)
AHSC 513 Family Communication (3.00)
AHSC 551 Counselling Skills and Concepts (6.00)
AHSC 560 Health Promotion (6.00)
AHSC 598 Special Topics in Youth Work (3.00)
AHSC 599 Independent Study (3.00)

Youth Work Graduate Diploma Required Fieldwork


credits chosen from one of the following:

Internship in Youth Work I and II

Extended Internship

Internship in Youth Work I and II

AHSC 533 Internship I in Youth Work (3.00)
AHSC 537 Internship II in Youth Work (6.00)

Extended Internship

AHSC 538 Extended Internship in Youth Work (9.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Prerequisites at the undergraduate level include at least three credits in adolescent development and three credits in social science research methods.
  • Evidence of some volunteer or work experience with children or youth is required.
  • Candidates must be aware that a Police Check is required prior to an internship placement.
  • 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 $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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