The Department of Human Ecology offers both course-based and thesis-based Masters programs. Course-based programs are professional degrees intended mainly for practicing professionals who wish to update or upgrade existing knowledge and skills, or to acquire new competencies (eg. when changing subject matter focus). In addition to required course work, course-based students must complete a capping exercise that focuses on the direct application of knowledge to practice. Thesis-based programs emphasize acquiring the skills and knowledge required to conduct original research and are intended to serve students who wish to pursue research careers (policy, community-based or laboratory research), or who wish to progress to a doctoral program. In addition to required course work, thesis-based students must complete a piece of independent, original research.
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.
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 on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP)
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.
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.
Protective Clothing and Equipment Research Facility (PCERF)
Textile Analysis Services
McQueen Textile Research Group