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Admissions for Early Childhood Studies (MA)

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Ready to gain a deep understanding of the issues that affect children and their families? Diverse classroom learning and research opportunities — together with a strong Ryerson community — equip you with the knowledge and experiences needed to pursue a rewarding career in research, practice, policy analysis and advocacy. Prepare to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young children, their families and their communities.

To be considered for admission to Ryerson’s Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, you must meet the minimum program requirements:

A four-year honours Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution with a minimum B grade point average (GPA) in:

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Political Science

  • Disability Studies

  • Social Work

  • Child Development

  • Psychology

  • Child and Youth Care

  • Sociology

We will consider applicants from other relevant disciplines.

If you haven’t taken a course in research methods or do not have a background in research, we strongly advise you to take a qualitative or quantitative research methods course prior to entering the program.

Please note: there are very limited spots available for international applicants.

Admissions applications opened on October 15, 2020 for Fall 2021 admission.

Submit your application by the first consideration deadline of January 18, 2021 to be guaranteed consideration for admission, and if you are a full-time domestic applicant, for scholarship.

Once you have submitted your online application, you will be emailed instructions within 2-3 business days on how to create your online identity and upload your required documents electronically. We recommend that you submit the online application prior to January 18, to ensure a complete application is received by the deadline.

We will continue to accept applications until all available spots are filled.

We will start to notify first consideration applicants of admissions decisions in mid-March, and will continue to notify all applicants of an admissions decision on a rolling basis.

At Ryerson, all graduate applications are submitted online. Visit Apply online to learn more about:

  • Submitting your application through OUAC
  • Uploading your documents
  • Monitoring your application

As part of Ryerson’s application process, you must submit:

  1. A 750-word Statement of Academic Interest which includes:
    • Your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in Early Childhood Studies.
    • What research interest(s) you may wish to pursue in the Master’s Research Paper.
    • How your previous studies and experience have prepared you for the MA program.
    • Your career objectives and how the program supports them.
    • Your requested Advisor or potential MRP Supervisor. Include the names of up to three professors from the graduate program faculty with whom you would like to work.
  2. Two reference letters Reference letters are a key component of your application package. Both reference letters must be academic. However, if you have graduated more than three years ago, for example, before 2016, you can substitute one academic reference (from a professor/instructor) with a professional reference (work-based.) 
  3. Resume/CV After applying online, you’ll be required to upload your resume/CV. Be sure to highlight information that will strengthen your application.

Refer to the Document Checklist for more required documents. Find out how to submit your:

  • Reference letters
  • Application Submission Summary
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency (if applicable)

When you apply, you have the opportunity to request a faculty advisor or supervisor who will support your success.

In your statement of interest, identify up to three graduate program faculty members with whom you would like to work.

Your faculty advisor provides guidance to promote your professional development and intellectual growth. Supervisors support Master’s Research Paper students with their graduate research work, while providing advice, guidance and mentorship.

We assign a faculty advisor to you early on in the fall when you begin the program. Once you complete the first term of the program, you then decide whether to pursue the MRP Stream or Courses Stream. At this point, MRP students must find a supervisor who agrees to supervise their graduate research work, while Courses Stream students will continue on with the faculty advisor they were assigned.