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McMaster University, founded in 1887, has six faculties: Engineering, Business, Science, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. Over 130 undergraduate and over 65 graduate programs are offered each year.

Through its continued dedication to innovative education and ground-breaking research, the University has earned a strong reputation as Canada's most student-centered research university. Small-group, problem-based learning (PBL) pioneered at McMaster has been adopted by universities around the world. 


McMaster University began the only post-degree child life specialist training program in Canada within the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Founded in 1988 by Ruth Snider, past-president of the Child Life Council, Child Life Studies at McMaster became an internationally recognized post-baccalaureate education and training program in the field of child life.

This post baccalaureate diploma program provided students with intensive academic and clinical learning experiences over an eight-month period.  The program consisted of coursework (7 Child Life Studies courses) and two 8-week clinical internships (minimum 480 hours) with internship partners from across Canada.

This highly competitive program offered admission to 10 successful applicants per year.  This program graduated child life specialists from all across Canada, as well as from the United States, Cayman Islands, Singapore, Japan, The Netherlands and Africa.

The Child Life Studies diploma program has now officially closed.  The Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster is now pleased to offer the first and only Master's program in this field in Canada. The new Masters in Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care began the fall of 2016.

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