Diploma in Human Relationships, Diversity & Sexuality

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Please note: Previously the "Diploma in Human Relations & Family Life Education". This program has undergone program change as of Fall 2019. 

New program description: The Diploma in Human Relationships, Diversity and Sexuality focuses on the complexity of relationships in a digital and global world. Taking an intersectional approach with an orientation toward social justice, topics include sexuality, culture, ability, media literacy, communication, advocacy, and leadership.

Specific course information will be updated for Fall 2019. 

Want to provide people with the tools for responding to the challenges of everyday life? Help others realize their potential? Increase their daily living skills?

The Diploma in Human Relations and Family Life Education (30 credits) is geared towards those wishing to pursue a career in diverse areas that deal with issues faced through the life cycle, whether in the work place or in the home environment. Family Life Educators are trained to provide support to people who are dealing with the challenges of everyday life, thus enhancing the lives of individuals and families. The program is administered by the McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Primary audience

This program is intended to train people who wish to conduct Family Life Education programs in schools, hospitals, religious institutions and social service centres. The program is also designed for people who, though qualified to work in their respective professional domains, may wish to acquire auxiliary skills in basic human communication, group animation and effective interviewing.


Typically our Diploma grads apply for positions in hospitals, schools, community centres, etc. which have a Family life Education Program. 

Application Deadlines


Application Deadline


May 1


September 1


January 1


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

1.    Possess an undergraduate degree with a CGPA of at least 2.7 out of 4.0.

2.    Submit two letters of  reference addressing academic ability and/or qualifications for working with children and/or adolescents in a helping role, and general character. Letters of reference must be sent directly by the referee from an institutional email address on official letterhead to ecpcont.education [at] mcgill.ca.

3.      Submit a personal statement illustrating experience working with children and/or adolescents and reason(s) for seeking admission to the program.

4.      Since English is the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill, students must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. For more information on test requirements, submission of scores, and possible exemptions,  please see the Admission Regulations for Certificate Programs - Proof of Proficiency in English.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the fact that the Diploma in Human Relations and Family Life Education is offered on a part-time basis, we are unable to accept any international applicants.


McGill's online application form is available at www.mcgill.ca/applying. Applications for admission must be submitted online.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be received before the application can be processed:

1.       An official transcript. Arrangements should be made to have an official transcript sent directly from the former educational institution. 

2.       Two pieces of identification. 

3.      Proof of age: Students 21 years of age and over, who do not have the normal academic background for admission, may be admitted as mature students. Two pieces of personal identification must be attached.

4.      TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, McGill SCS-TELP, McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English – Language and Culture, or Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication, or CEEN 421 and CEEN 422 with a minimum grade of B-, if your mother tongue is other than English.

For more information please see Proof of Proficiency in English.

Students who have completed both Secondary V and a Diploma of Collegial Studies in Quebec (DEC) are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $81.93 in Canadian or U.S. funds, payable by Visa or MasterCard, is required. This fee includes application for evaluation of transcripts for students requesting Advanced Standing in a program at the time of admission.

McGill's highly secured e-payment service minimizes cardholder risk. Your credit card information is passed instantly to the Moneris payment gateway and is not stored at McGill. Moneris handles 80% of all credit card transactions processed in Canada. McGill University cannot process online applications without a valid credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please call 514-398-6200 for assistance.


Tracking the Status of Your Application

A notice acknowledging receipt of your application to McGill University will be sent to the email address indicated on your application.

This acknowledgment notice will contain a McGill identification number and a PIN that you can subsequently use to log on to Minerva, McGill’s self-service web-based administrative system.

You will be able to check the status of your application, including the receipt of supporting documents, on Minerva.


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Tuition & fees

Visit the McGill Student Accounts' Continuing Studies Fees page. Information about application fees can be found on the Students Accounts website.


Courses & Timetables

• Time Limitation Policy: Students have 4 years to complete the diploma.

• Course Load: Students have the option to pursue this diploma on a part‐time or full‐time basis and may register for up to 12 credits per term depending on course availability.

For a list of required and complementary courses being offered in the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms, please click on the image below:

Schedules Fall 2019/ Winter 2020

IMPORTANT: Students must review the Calendar listing for an overall understanding of their program requirements. Please click on the following 'Courses' button.

McGill Course Calendar


Need more information?

Questions? Please view our FAQ before contacting our office. If you still have questions after reading the questions and answers, we will be happy to assist. Please ecpcont.education [at] mcgill.ca (contact us by email. )

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