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School Programs

The Faculty of Community Services offers a number of comprehensive programs, many of which are unique among Canadian Universities:

Child and Youth Care
  • Only university-level CYC programs in Ontario
  • Provides an in-depth exploration of the issues facing children and young people 
  • Offered as a four-year program for high school graduates, or a two-year direct entry program for graduates of college-level CYC diploma programs

Disability Studies
  • The only undergraduate program in the country that examines the socio-political context of disability
  • Offered on a part-time basis on site and through distance education
  • Graduates assume vital leadership and advocacy roles within community-based agencies and the disability movement

Early Childhood Studies
  • The oldest School of ECS in the country, and the only one offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field
  • Offered as a four-year program for high school graduates, and a third-year direct entry program for graduates of college-level ECE diploma programs
  • Prepares graduates for a range of careers that care for and educate children from birth to age eight, as well as support families and communities

  • The Midwifery Education Program is a collaborative effort among Ryerson, McMaster and Laurentian Universities
  • This Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program is offered on a full- and part-time basis, and can be completed in four to six years
  • Graduates are eligible for registration in Ontario and across Canada, and meet internationally accepted standards for the profession

  • The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing (Canada’s largest School of Nursing) offers a four-year collaborative nursing degree program in partnership with Centennial and George Brown Colleges
  • A two-year full- and part-time post-diploma nursing degree program is also available
  • Undergraduate programs are accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

  • Promotes an interdisciplinary and evidence-based view of the interrelationships among diet, health and society
  • Students assess the best ways to support the diverse needs and quality-of-life issues related to nutrition for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • The program is accredited by the Dietitians of Canada, and recognized by such professional associations as the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals, Ontario Home Economists in Business, and Ontario Family Studies - Home Economics Educators’ Association

Occupational and Public Health
  • Offers Ontario’s only Public Health and Safety degree program and Canada’s only Bachelor degree in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Trains the majority of public health, and health and safety professionals in Canada
  • Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors and recognized by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals

Social Work
  • Canada’s largest undergraduate Social Work program
  • Graduates pursue careers in child welfare and youth services, immigrant settlement services, community and health services, and social action groups
  • Accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education

Urban and Regional Planning
  • Features client-based projects, field placements in planning organizations and community agencies, field trips built into the program, and international exchanges in the UK and Australia
  • Students learn how to build better communities, and find varied employment in the public, private and non-governmental organization sectors across Canada and internationally
  • Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners

Graduate Programs

The Faculty of Community Services offers five graduate programs of study:

Early Childhood Studies
  • Emphasis on diversity and inclusion issues makes the program unique in North America
  • Graduates possess advanced knowledge of research, policy and practice in early learning, education and work in the community
  • The comprehensive curriculum develops the leadership and educational expertise of registered nurses to advance nursing knowledge and practice
  • Two available fields of study: Leadership in Health Care Policy and Education and Health and Illness of Individuals and Communities
  • A primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is also available

Nutrition Communication
  • Provides students with an advanced understanding of the context, theory and practice of evidence-based nutrition and emerging communication strategies
  • Connects with interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to advance the practice of nutrition communication

Social Work
  • Underscores the importance of anti-oppressive theory and practice
  • Hands-on learning opportunities prepare graduates to provide immediate assistance to communities in need

Urban Development
  • Uses a multicultural and ecological framework to study sustainable urban development
  • Highlights the importance of restructuring and revitalizing existing metropolitan regions in order to reduce urban sprawl
  • Offers both a two year and one year accelerated stream
  • Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners


FCS also lends faculty expertise and resources to the following Ryerson graduate programs:

Immigration and Settlement Studies

Environmental Applies Science and Management

Mechanical Engineering


Continuing Education Interdiciplinary Studies
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