McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
Gilmour Hall 212
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4L8

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Clinical Child Psychology
Description The Master of Science in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care is the first program of its kind in Canada. It is a professional and practice-focused graduate degree. Students will learn about pediatric psychosocial assessment and interventions, critically examine ethical issues, and apply theoretical knowledge and patient and family-centred care principles to diverse pediatric clinical settings. Students will also understand the foundations of clinical research, engage in critical reflection, and incorporate the appraisal of evidence to improve reasoning and clinical decision-making skills. “Stream 1” will provide academic and clinical training (2 internships) to prepare students with knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviours to practice as entry-level child life specialists. “Stream 2” will provide Child Life Specialists or practicing health professionals with advanced practice skills in pediatric psychosocial care, in a course-based format (no internships).
Website: Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care (Stream 2) at McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies
Cost per year:

Provincial: $7,008.00
National: $7,008.00

Cost per year is based on the 2017-2018 academic year, and represents tuition cost for three semesters. Mandatory supplementary fees are not included. Please see website for complete cost breakdown.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.0]

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language, as outlined in the Graduate Calendar. Similar to several other graduate programs, a minimum acceptable TOEFL (iBT) score will be 92 overall with a minimum of 22 for reading 24 for speaking, 24 for listening and 22 for writing. Alternately an overall minimum IELTS score of 7.0 will be required.

Additional Admission Requirements:

    Applicants will be required to meet the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies: an Honours bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent from an accredited university; and a B+ average (77-79%, equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 grade point average) in the final year of undergraduate study. For those applying to Stream 2, applicants must have qualifications as a child life specialist, or health professional.