MA | Field of School and Applied Child Psychology

Our onsite and full time MA program in Education Studies in the field of School and Applied Child Psychology is designed to help students to succeed in their areas of interest by supporting them with top-tier researchers and academics, extensive library services, and helpful administrative support. Our master's students become teachers, administrators, and counsellors who influence the lives of young people.


Many graduates from this program hold important roles in various sectors of education at the provincial, national and international levels.

The MA program also prepares students for advanced study and research at the doctoral level.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit our Faculty Research page for more information on the exciting research being conducted at the Faculty of Education.

Important note: When submitting an application to the Master of Arts in Education Studies program, applicants must indicate their preferred Thesis Supervisor in their Statement of Intent. Applicants are advised to review the Faculty Research page and contact faculty in their area of interest to confirm that this potential exists.

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Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the Master's Thesis Guide (PDF), Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.


Once a student completes their required and elective courses they will complete their Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP). By the end of the semester in which a student completes the last required course they must decide on a topic for their thesis and submit the Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP) - Supervisor Approval Form (found on the Forms & Guidelines page).

The IPP provides a structure for the writing of a thesis proposal. An initial review of relevant research provides the background for the proposed study. The methodological framework and the method to be employed are studied and developed. Ethical considerations are investigated and, where appropriate, an ethical review document prepared. The IPP is not a course but a milestone and compulsory element for those writing a Thesis.

The IPP should be completed in one term. The IPP is completed when the proposal and ethical review (where required) have been submitted for approval.

The Thesis Supervisor after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Advisory Committee. The Committee will consist of a Thesis Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member who will act as a Thesis Advisory Committee Member. The Thesis Supervisor must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with Ph.D. supervisory status, as approved by the Credentials Committee of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

When the Thesis Supervisory Committee is satisfied with a student's written proposal, the student may submit the proposal for approval. The student submits one copy of their proposal and the MA Thesis Proposal Approval form to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.

If the proposed research involves human subjects, the student has to receive ethics approval from Western University Research Ethics Board before the research begins.  Please see the Research Ethics page for more information.

The student may proceed with their research and thesis preparation when all approvals have been obtained.


Only after all approvals have been obtained the student must start their Master's Thesis and may proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Thesis Supervisory Committee. Please note that the Master's Thesis is not a course but a milestone.

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Thesis Supervisory Committee, the student will submit the Application for Thesis Examination (found on the Forms & Guidelines page) to the Graduate Programs Office. The necessary arrangements will be made by the Graduate Programs Office for the examination of the thesis in accordance with the appropriate University regulations.


The MA program in the field of School and Applied Child Psychology is offered on a full-time basis.

Time to Completion:

Full-time - 4-6 terms (2 years)


Students who start in September 2018:

6 half courses: 5 expected to be completed in Year 1; 9811 in Year 2

  • 9550 - Ethics and Human Development
  • 9651 - Assessment and Evaluation in Regular and Special Education
  • 9705 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • 9801 - Psychosocial Aspects of Schooling
  • 9806 - Exceptionalities
  • 9811 - Cognitive and Academic Interventions
  • The thesis is mandatory for completion of the program.

Students who started between September 2015 & September 2017:

6 half courses:

  • 9802 - Brain, Mind & Education (cross-listed to PhD)
  • 9801 - Psychosocial Aspects of Schooling (cross-listed to PhD)
  • 9806 - Exceptionalities (cross-listed to PhD)
  • 9705 - Quantitative Research Methods (cross-listed to PhD)
  • 9504 - Evidence-Based Interventions in Schools (MA)
  • One elective
  • The thesis is mandatory for completion of the program.

Research Group Participation Requirement

As part of their program, students will be expected to participate in research groups. These groups will meet on a regular basis. They will be composed of two or more professors working in related areas, Masters students, and/or Doctoral students. The purpose of the group will be to provide mentoring and peer support in the planning, execution, analysis, and reporting of research. Typical activities could include peer feedback on thesis proposals, and rehearsal of conference presentations.

Potential Supervisor

Important note: When submitting an application to the Master of Arts in Education Studies program, applicants must indicate their preferred Thesis Supervisor in their Statement of Intent. Applicants are advised to review the Faculty Research page and contact faculty in their area of interest to confirm that this potential exists.


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Please visit this link for Admission Requirements.


  • A four-year Honours degree (20 full courses or equivalent), with a major in Psychology, from an accredited university.
  • An undergraduate thesis, or equivalent research and writing experience, is required.
  • A 0.5 course in undergraduate statistics or quantitative research methods is required; or students must complete 9621 Introduction to Quantitative Methods during the first year of the program.
  • A 0.5 course in child development
  • An undergraduate average of 80% is required.  
  • A professor must agree to supervise the applicant’s thesis before an offer of admission is made; students must contact potential supervisors when preparing an application, and list 1 st, 2 ndand 3 rdchoices of supervisors on the application.
  • For International applicants, an IELTS average score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each scale, and a Skype interview, will be required.

OPTIONAL:Graduate Record Examination (GRE); General & Psychology. There is no pre-determined cut-off score on the Graduate Record Examinations

NOTE: Students short-listed for the MA in Educational Studies in the field of School and Applied Child Psychology may be required to participate in a telephone or in-person interview.

Progression to the PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology Program:

  • Students who successfully complete this program may apply to the PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology.
  • Admission to the PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology program is competitive.
  • If you are interested in applying to the PhD after the MA, it is advisable that you check the admission requirements to ensure you have the necessary coursework



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