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Graduate Studies Calendar 2018-2019 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 in Educational Research – 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 (Academic version), or a MELAB score of 83. The test must have been taken within the last two years. When requesting that official TOEFL test scores are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813. Proficiency may also be met by completion of Tier III of the International Foundations Program (IFP) with minimum grades of "B" on Academic Writing & Grammar, "B" on Reading Comprehension & Proficiency, and "B" on Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency.

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 is available on the Future Students website:

Master of Arts: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/educational-research-master-arts-thesis-based

Master of Science: ucalgary.ca/future-students/graduate/explore-programs/educational-research-master-science-thesis-based

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 – 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) in Educational Research as follows:
  • 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

None.

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.

A supervisory committee, approved by the Graduate Program Director, is required for MA or MSc students choosing the manuscript-based thesis route. Normally, the committee will consist of the supervisor and two members (see Academic Regulations - Supervision).

10. Required Examinations

Thesis Examination
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations for thesis examinations, the program requires:

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 tcps2core.ca/register.

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 ucalgary.ca/iriss.

12. 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 the posted deadline dates for individual awards as noted at werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/graduate-programs-education-award-opportunities.