Thank you for your interest in the Masters in Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care program. Our program consists of two streams in order to allow prospective students to meet their unique learning needs.
Stream 1 - Entry to Child Life Practice is intended for those wishing to pursue a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist. This stream contains both academic coursework and over 700 hours of clinical education over a full time, two year program of study. The majority of coursework is completed online. Please see the links to the right for more detailed information. For more information on the Child Life profession, please visit www.childlife.org.
Stream 2 - Advanced Skills in Pediatric Psychosocial Care is intended for those health care professionals who are looking to upgrade their skills and knowledge in pediatric care with a psychosocial focus. This stream can be taken part time or full time and is open to health care professionals from a variety of backgrounds (child life specialists, pediatricians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, etc.). Please see the links to the right for more detailed information.
The Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care Program has a facilitated admission process for Indigenous applicants. In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply through this process must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application. Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found at: https://ishs.mcmaster.ca/admissions/self-identification
Please refer to our admissions page for further information: https://childlife.mcmaster.ca/admissions-info