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Leadership Studies programs and courses

The Master of Education (MEd) and the Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership Studies are intended for students with diverse backgrounds who have earned undergraduate degrees. The aim of the program is to broaden understandings of contemporary theories and practices of leadership, education, learning, and issues that affect schools, communities, and society. Candidates will choose their specific degree, MEd or MA, before entering the program.

The PhD in Leadership Studies is offered by Individual Graduate Programs by special arrangement with a quota on admissions. We are in the process of developing a PhD program with a focus on social justice, school and/or community emphasis, and life-long learning.

*New Teacher Cohort Program

leafSISC: The South Island Schools Cohort Program Masters in Education (Leadership) is a 19.5 credit (13 course) program designed to bring experienced teachers together for a two year cohort experience in pursuit of high level understandings about school and district level educational leadership, all leading to the prestigious UVic Masters in Education in Leadership Studies. View the SISC Brochure for more details.

Application no longer being accepted for this intake.  Email Leadgrad@uvic.ca for more information.


MEd versus MA

MA vs MEdThe MA is research orientated and is a preferred option for those candidates who have a particular problem area that they wish to investigate. While not mandatory, it is the preferred route for those who wish to proceed to advanced research in Leadership, workplace administration, and life-long learning. A supervisor for your committee (one faculty member, minimum) must be secured before authorization into the program will be granted.

Generally, five years are allowed to complete the MEd and MA programs, and seven are allowed for the PhD. Extensions may be granted from Graduate Studies upon the advisor's recommendation.

Transfer from the MEd program to the MA program is possible if a supervisor can be secured for your committee. It is the student's responsibility to locate a supervisor.

Summer studies

Summer studiesOur summer studies program begins in May with Intersession, which usually offers two courses (4:30 to 7:30 pm) and then progresses into July and ends in late July. The MEd can be completed in 3 summers on-campus. Most of the students in the summer program reside outside of Victoria and travel from other provinces or places as distant as Kuwait, El Salvador, and Japan.

Scholars and practitioners from British Columbia, across Canada, and overseas often teach summer courses. These individuals bring with them new thoughts, insights, and international experiences that substantially enrich the Leadership Studies graduate program.

New courses

LeadershipED-D 591: Ecological Leadership for Education is a new experience in Leadership Studies. The classroom format includes guest speakers, site visits, small and large group discussions, studies of journals and film, and individual and collaborative work on presentations and papers. Some site visits may include the Eco-sense cob house and education centre, Thetis Lake, Three Oaks Farm, and Woodwynn Farms Therapeutic Community.

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