Graduate Programs

Human Ecology Masters Degrees

Length of Programs 

The time to complete the thesis-based master’s degree will vary with the individual candidate; however, for those entering the program with a background in a related discipline, it normally takes two years of full time study to complete the program. The course-based program is designed to be completed in 12 months of full-time study. Our program welcomes and accommodates part-time students. 


MSc in Aging

Become a member of the multidisciplinary and international Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP) research team and study with global leaders in research on care and support of older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability, costs incurred by family/friend caregivers, contributions and social inclusion of older adults, and age-friendly rural communities. Help RAPP fulfill its mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and their families by bridging research, policies, and practice.

Research Topics in Aging

Human Ecology faculty, collaborating with global scholars, focus on research on the care and support of older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability, costs incurred by family/friend caregivers, contributions and social inclusion of older adults, and age-friendly rural communities.

Research website 

Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP)


MSc in Family Ecology & Practice

Become a member of one of the research teams that, together with government and community partners, conduct policy and program-relevant studies that aim to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families – with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable.

Research Topics in Family Ecology & Practice

Family Science faculty specialize in family theory, and family policy and practice across many dimensions including parent-child relationships, work-family integration, family poverty and marginalized youth and families. In conducting research about family dynamics, and working with government and community partners, the broad aim of the research programs is to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families across the life course. 


MA in Material Culture

In the Department of Human Ecology we study social meaning related to the creation, use and circulation of objects today and in the past, with an emphasis on clothing and textiles. In studying material culture we seek to understand people, improve their surroundings, and preserve and exhibit artifacts. Come work with leaders of the Material Culture Institute as they explore the meaning of material goods of all sorts in urban and rural, local, national, and international, and historic contexts.

Research Topics in Material Culture

Material Culture research in the Department of Human Ecology considers the social meaning of objects in relation to their creation, use, circulation and consumption in both contemporary and historical contexts, with a particular emphasis on clothing and textiles. The focus on these particular material goods is enhanced by the Department’s museum quality Clothing and Textiles Collection which consists of more than 20,000 textile and garment artifacts. The interdisciplinary research in this field seeks to reveal how material forms are central to the socialization of human beings into culture.

Research website

University of Alberta Museums' Clothing and Textiles Collection


MSc in Textiles & Clothing

Clothing and textiles play a central role in our lives, acting as our nearest physical environment. Cutting edge research in Human Ecology is carried out with a multi-disciplinary focus that aims to enhance human performance and protection through textile and clothing solutions. Join the Department’s textile scientists in their quest for knowledge of how clothing systems interact with the wearer and their physical, physiological and socio-psychological environments to enhance the wearer’s comfort and safety .

Research Topics in Clothing & Textiles

Innovative research is pursued by the Human Ecology Department’s textile science and apparel design faculty to enhance human comfort and protection through clothing and textile solutions for items ranging from protective gear, uniforms, and sportswear to clothing for disabled persons. This research reflects the critical function textiles and apparel have as our nearest physical environment. Researchers in the department have distinguished themselves in the fields of fiber science with a focus on areas such as material response under various thermal hazards, combustion of textile materials, odour transfer, standards development and functional apparel design.

Research website

Protective Clothing and Equipment Research Facility (PCERF)
Textile Analysis Services
McQueen Textile Research Group