Human Ecology Graduate Programs

Human Ecology Master of Arts, Master of Science degrees and PhD programs in Aging, Family, Children, Textiles, Clothing, and Material Culture.

The purpose of research undertaken by students and academic staff members in the Department of Human Ecology is to advance scholarship that enhances every day life. Graduate students are integral members of relevant academic and professional communities, conducting research in collaboration with academic staff members who are themselves outstanding scholars. Human Ecology offers the following course-based and thesis-based masters programs and doctoral programs. The Human Ecology department supports rigorous multidisciplinary research programs with a particular focus on four main areas: aging; children, youth and families, material culture studies and, textile and apparel science.

Information on the program requirements for the graduate programs can be found in the Human Ecology Program Handbook.


The research mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and their families by bridging research, policies and practice.

PhD | Research Team


Children, Youth & 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.

Master of Science | PhD | Research Team


Material Culture Studies

The interdisciplinary research in this field seeks to reveal how material forms are central to the socialization of human beings into culture.

Master of Arts | PhD | Research Team



Textile and Apparel Science

Research fields include the study 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.

Master of Science | PhD | Research Team 


Current Students

Students at the University of Alberta are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their program requirements. They are bound by the contents of the University Calendar and standards contained therein.

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