The course-based Master of Education: Specialist Route program is aimed at working professionals, and is designed to educate students as leaders of professional practice in the field of educational research. This degree will deepen educators' understanding of their chosen field. It will help them gain a critical awareness of current issues in pedagogy, and will spark fresh insights for new methods and approaches to teaching. Students in this program focus on an academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice in one area of specialization. Students do not require a supervisor; an Academic Program Coordinator advises all students within a cohort.
Please note: this cohort-based program has a July start date.
Practicing teachers, School leadership, Not-for-profit organizations, Bilingual Education, Curriculum and ICT specialists, Public and Private Education systems, Leadership positions in Community and Non-governmental agencies, Career advancement.
A course-based master’s degree in educational research (specialist or interdisciplinary) will give you the prerequisites for the professional Education Doctorate (EdD) or a PhD.
Topics include research methods, program evaluation, participatory and action oriented research and more.
Topics may include complex learning problems, assessment and evaluation, classroom, workplace and adult learning and more.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Educational Research Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
Candidates will be expected to have a minimum of two years of teaching experience or alternative professional experience. In some cases, individuals who lack some academic requirements may be considered for admission if they have significant life achievements.
A written statement indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813.
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
For 24 months of study
For program completion in 24 months
For program completion in 24 months
General fees and tuition
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Tuition covers standard academic costs. Tuition shown is based on full course completion of 12 courses at $1,212 per course. Textbooks and other material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Annual continuing fees of $1,212 will be added to tuition starting in year four (4) of the program.
The Werklund School of Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) at the University of Calgary provide a range of financial assistance to students in GPE.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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