M.Sc. On Campus

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

McMaster University

24 months
11396 CAD/year
4204 CAD/year
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The Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program at McMaster University is designed to meet the learning needs for Canadian and international students as well as the health care system’s need for certified child life specialists with Master’s level training. 


The Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care program at McMaster University includes a stream for child life specialists already in the field that wish to upgrade their qualifications to a Master’s degree.

Key Features

  • Child Life specialists are members of pediatric interdisciplinary health care teams whose primary focus is on the developmental and emotional needs of children and their families. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Child Life Residency 
  • The Child, Youth and Family in Healthcare
  • Educational Research Methods in Health Sciences Education
  • Pediatric Psychosocial Assessment
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Evaluating Evidence: An Approach to Critical Evaluation of the Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An Honours bachelor's degree or the international equivalent from an accredited university 
  • B+ average (77-79%, equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 grade point average) in the final year of undergraduate study
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5698 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2102 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Hamilton

1163 - 1630 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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