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Graduate Studies Calendar 2017-2018 Program Descriptions Education Graduate Programs Educational Research (EDER) Master of Arts or Master of Science (MA/MSc)
Master of Arts or Master of Science (MA/MSc)
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Arts or Master of Science – on campus

Please note: This degree requires a one year residency. Students must be available during the day for research seminars, courses and research related duties for the first year of their program.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, Graduate Programs in Education requires:

a) A written statement indicating the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate program.

b) For students required to prove proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), an IELTS score of 7.0, or a MELAB score of 83. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Proficiency may also be met by successful graduation from Level III of the International Foundations Program (IFP).

c) Two reference letters.

d) Admission to the Learning Sciences specialization requires a 3.50 GPA.

3. Application Deadline

The deadline for the submission of complete applications to all programs is December 1 for September admission.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma, or for courses taken to bring grade point average to a required level for admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Programs in Education requires students to be available on campus for the first year of their program.

a) Six units (1.0 full-course equivalent) 600-level courses in research methods, one of which must be Educational Research 603.26;

b) Additional graduate courses or seminars as required by specializations as follows:

  • Adult Learning – 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) from Educational Research 635 and any additional courses as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student.
  • Curriculum and Learning – 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) selected from: Educational Research 682, 687, 688; and three units (0.5 full-course equivalents) as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student from either Educational Research 689 or 693 or equivalent.
  • Language and Literacy – 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) from Educational Research 664 and any additional courses as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student.
  • Leadership - 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) from Educational Research 619 and any additional courses as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student.
  • Learning Sciences – 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) selected from the Learning Sciences course offerings and any additional courses as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student.

c) Thesis.

6. Additional Requirements


7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Programs in Education does not normally accept undergraduate courses for credit toward graduate degrees.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time for full-time students is two years in thesis-based master’s programs. Maximum completion time is four years for thesis-based master’s programs.

9. Supervisory Assignments

A supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.

10. Required Examinations

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the program requires:

Thesis Examination

Scheduling of the Examination

All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s draft thesis document before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee

The Internal Examiner may be internal to the home program.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Information on research proposals is available through the supervisor.

Ethics approval is required for all research projects involving the use of human subjects before data collection begins. In order to submit an ethics application, students are required to complete the TCPS2 tutorial and upload the certificate of completion into their Researcher Profile in IRISS. Register on the TCPS2 website at

To initiate the ethics approval process, the student, in consultation with the supervisor, must submit an application to either the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board. Applications to the CFREB or CHREB are created and submitted online using IRISS

12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to the Graduate Programs in Education by February 1.

14. Other Information.

For further information contact Graduate Programs in Education,

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

Current faculty members and their areas of interest can be found in Specializations Offered section.