SPP is an innovative interdisciplinary MA graduate program of critical studies for those involved in activism, human services, and community work. The program provides graduates with a strong grounding in critical analysis for developing practice-based careers and pursuing advanced degrees in interdisciplinary studies and other disciplines.
By developing a unique combination of analytic and methodological skills, SPP courses and thesis work facilitate an understanding of the social, cultural, and political context of policy and practice. The program provides students with an opportunity to bring together their interests in social activism, critical and feminist interpretations of policy, critical analyses of experience and practice, and critical and feminist theories of society and politics in innovative ways — all to effect social change.
Themes of interdisciplinarity and collaboration underlie SPP's critical approaches to teaching and training. Through linkages with other graduate programs across campus, SPP offers students the opportunity to study with a range of experienced human service professionals, activists, and community workers.
Studies in Policy and Practice offers both a Thesis and a Non-Thesis.
Graduates earn a Master of Arts.
Students interested in doctoral studies through SPP should inquire about " PhD by special arrangement." Prospective students must secure the agreement of an SPP faculty member to supervise their doctoral program and research. If the faculty member agrees to serve as a student’s supervisor, a program of study is jointly developed and then submitted to the faculty of Graduate Studies. More details about the PhD by Special Arrangement can be found at:
The University of Victoria also allows students to construct an interdisciplinary PhD program for which students must secure two co-supervisors - one from each of two different academic units, one of which could be SPP. In order for SPP to be one of the two participating units in an interdisciplinary PhD program, the other academic unit must be one with a regular PhD program in place. As with Special Arrangement PhD programs, prospective students should contact individual faculty members to determine whether they are able to serve as a co-supervisor. Further information about interdisciplinary PhD programs is available at: Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs
Candidacy exams are an integral process to both doctoral program options. Click here to see the policy about Candidacy exams.
Students may also participate in graduate Co-operative Education. Co-op is a program that integrates periods of full-time employment with the academic program. Approval to participate in graduate co-op is at the discretion of the SPP Co-ordinator and the students’ supervisor, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Director of Co-operative Education. Where approval is granted, procedures must adhere to the regulations set out under the General Regulations.
For more information please contact
SPP Co-ordinator, or Co-operative Education :