Major Field of Study (MFS)

Status: This standard was replaced by the 'Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2000' as of February 21, 2005.

The MFS was created for use in the 1986 Census of Population and was revised a number of times over the years. The version of MFS documented here is the one used to disseminate field-of-study data from the 2001 Census of Population. It comprises 11 major levels, 110 minor levels, and 449 unit levels.

Classification structure

Major Field of Study (MFS) - Classification structure
Code Major level
001-046Educational, Recreational and Counselling Services Educational, Recreational and Counselling Services
047-079Fine and Applied Arts Fine and Applied Arts
080-124Humanities and Related Fields Humanities and Related Fields
125-187Social Sciences and Related Fields Social Sciences and Related Fields
188-220Commerce, Management and Business Administration Commerce, Management and Business Administration
221-266Agricultural, Biological, Nutritional, and Food Sciences Agricultural, Biological, Nutritional, and Food Sciences
267-301Engineering and Applied Sciences Engineering and Applied Sciences
302-369Applied Science Technologies and Trades Applied Science Technologies and Trades
370-441Health Professions and Related Technologies Health Professions and Related Technologies
442-480Mathematics, Computer and Physical Sciences Mathematics, Computer and Physical Sciences
481-482No Specialization No Specialization
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