by Yorkville University
March 23, 2023

How private higher education can help you balance school, work and life

This may be the first you’ve heard about private higher education in Canada. That’s not surprising given most post-secondary institutions are public. But there are private graduate education options, such as Yorkville University, for those who find the public route doesn’t quite fit. Here are four things you should know about Yorkville University and their private higher education offerings.

Get a graduate degree without stopping everything else

In many public universities, graduate programs require a full-time commitment. But many people can’t pause their career, parental and caregiver responsibilities to focus solely on school. That’s where private graduate programs can make a difference. “We help students make education a part of life, not a way of life,” says Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes, Yorkville University president and vice-chancellor.

“We strongly believe that you shouldn’t have to stop to move forward. That’s why our flexible online programs allow graduate students to continue living their busy lives while they study. When you factor in the opportunity cost of not needing to take years off work to earn a graduate degree, it’s clear to see the financial benefit of a flexible online education,” says Christensen Hughes.

Private universities are leaders in higher education

Innovative online programs developed at private institutions meet the changing needs of students and society. Take Yorkville University’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) program, for example. “Our MACP program is Canada’s first, largest and leading online graduate degree offered in the field of counselling psychology,” says Christensen Hughes. “With over 2,400 approved practicum sites, over 285 faculty with both academic and professional qualifications, and 52 weeks of skills-based practice learning activities, we have scaled our program to meet burgeoning demand. We are training the next generation of mental health professionals.”

Small asynchronous classes transcend geography

Private universities can be very student-centric, providing the opportunity to earn a graduate degree without leaving home. “We meet students where they are, with rigorous programs designed around their needs,” says Christensen Hughes. In particular, small class sizes create intimate and meaningful learning environments.

“This means you get to connect with your peers and form professional networks, despite the challenges of geography,” she adds. “Last year, we proudly graduated students from every province and territory. Students living in both urban and rural settings benefit from accessible programming that defies geographical limits.”

Flexible, purpose-driven design

Private institutions help learners take the lead in designing an education path that works best for them. Choose from year-round study options, multiple start dates and optimum credit transfers that offer flexibility in meeting students’ goals. Yorkville’s programs are also designed to help graduates make a positive difference in society. Our graduate degrees are purpose-driven, empowering learners to create the changes they want to see in this world,” says Christensen Hughes. “Our Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares students to confidently pursue leadership roles in many sectors. This interactive online program empowers you to analyze challenges, champion initiatives and lead organizational change.”

To learn more, visit yorkvilleu.ca.