Master's of Arts

The MA degree is a course and thesis based research degree. It is most suited to students who seek careers designing and conducting research in schools, post-secondary contexts, government or community agencies.  Thesis work typically advances theory, research, and practice in the field of Educational Psychology. Persons who anticipate proceeding on to a doctoral program should apply for the MA degree. Applicants who enjoy and wish to develop the skills of conducting research, writing, and presenting and publishing academic papers frequently select this degree.

Students are encouraged to review and consider faculty area of research & supervision and are welcome to contact potential supervisors in advance of application to discuss their interests. The faculty members in the Learning, Development and Instructional Sciences are Dr. Wanda Boyer, Dr. Allyson Hadwin, Dr. Joan Martin, Dr. John Walsh and Dr. Sungjun Won.

Important MA features

  • Progress through program together with your peers and community of learners
  • Two years full time (or three years full time with co-op option)
  • Individualized work with a faculty supervisor on your research thesis
  • Students with undergraduate psychology degrees are generally well prepared for this degree

MA course requirements

The MA is a 21 unit program consisting of 10 courses (1.5 units each) plus a thesis (6.0 units).

Course number and units

Course name
ED-D 505 (1.5) Advanced Concepts in Human Development

ED-D 506: A,B or C (1.5)

Cognitive Development; Social and Emotional Development; Adolescent Development
ED-D 508 (1.5) Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology
ED-D 509 (1.5) Psychology of Learning and Instruction
ED-D 560  (1.5) Statistical Methods in Education
ED-D 561A  (1.5) Methods in Educational Research 
ED-D 570 (1.5) Self-Regulated Learning
ED-D 572 (1.5) Motivation and Emotion Regulation 
Electives (3.0) To be chosen in consultation with student's supervisor
ED-D 599 (6.0) Thesis

Program courses and requirements are subject to change. Check the Academic Calendar for up-to-date information and course descriptions.

MA full-time

Semester Courses scheduled

Year 1 Fall

ED-D 505: Advanced Concepts in Human Development (1.5)

ED-D 508: Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology(1.5) 

ED-D 560: Statistical Methods in Education (1.5)

Year 1 Spring

ED-D 561A: Methods in Educational Research (1.5)

ED-D 509: Psychology of Learning & Instruction (1.5)

ED-D 506B: Social and Emotional Development (1.5)

Year 1 Summer 

ED-D 570: Self-regulated Learning (1.5)

ED-D 572 Motivation & Emotion Regulation (1.5)

Year 2 Fall

Recommended Elective: ED-D 590 Directed Studies-thesis proposal (1.5)

ED-D 599 Thesis- ethics & instrument preparation

Year 2 Spring


Recommended Elective: ED-D 562 Advanced Statistical Methods (1.5)

ED-D 599 Thesis- data collection and analysis

Year 2 Summer

ED-D 599 Thesis- write, revise, defend

MA with co-op

Semester Courses and co-op schedule

Year 1 Fall

ED-D 505: Advanced Concepts in Human Development (1.5)

ED-D 508: Theories of Learning (1.5)

ED-D 560: Statistical Methods in Education (1.5)

Co-op preparation and courses (non-credit)

Year 2 Spring

ED-D 561A Methods in Educational Research (1.5)

ED-D 509 Psychology of Learning & Instruction (1.5)

Recommended Elective: ED-D 562 Advanced Statistical Methods (1.5)

Year 1 Summer 

Co-op Work Term 1

Year 2 Fall

Development Requirement (1.5)

Recommended Elective: ED-D 590 Directed Studies-thesis proposal (1.5)

Year 2 Spring

Co-op Work Term 2

Year 2 Summer

ED-D 570: Self-regulated Learning (1.5)

ED-D 572: Motivation and Emotion Regulation 

ED-D 599 Thesis- ethics & instrument preparation

Year 3 Fall ED-D 599 Thesis- data collection & analysis
Year 3 Spring

ED-D 599 Thesis- write, revise, defend 

Master's of Education

The MEd degree is primarily a course-based applied degree that culminates in a capstone project demonstrating your ability to read, evaluate, communicate and apply psychological research. It is especially useful if you're seeking advancement in applied educational settings, community organizations, or government education ministries. The program is also useful if you are interested in the development and evaluation of educational programs and services.

Important MEd features

  • A cohort based program; you progress through the program together with your peers creating a community of learners
  • The MEd requires two years full time (or three years full time with co-op option)
  • The MEd is primarily a course-based program that culminates in a time-limited capstone research review project that is designed to allow you to demonstrate what you've learned
  • The MEd focus is on developing skills for reading and interpreting both quantitative and qualitative research

MEd course requirements

The MEd is 10 courses (1.5 units each) plus a project (3.0 units) and final comprehensive exam (1.5 units) for a total of 19.5 units.

Course number and units

Course name
ED-D 505 (1.5) Advanced Concepts in Human Development

ED-D 506: A,B or C (1.5)

Cognitive Development; Social and Emotional Development; Adolescent Development
ED-D 508 (1.5) Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology
ED-D 509 (1.5) Psychology of Learning and Instruction
ED-D 560  (1.5) Statistical Methods in Education
ED-D 561A  (1.5) Methods in Educational Research 
ED-D 570 (1.5) Self-Regulated Learning
ED-D 572 (1.5) Motivation and Emotion Regulation 
Electives (3.0) To be chosen in consultation with student's supervisor
ED-D 597 (1.5) Comprehensive Exam
ED-D 598 (3.0) Project

Program courses and requirements are subject to change. Check the Academic Calendar for up-to-date information and course descriptions.

MEd full-time

Semester Courses scheduled

Year 1 Fall

ED-D 508: Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology (1.5) 

ED-D 505: Advanced Concepts in Human Development (1.5)

Year 1 Spring

ED-D 509: Psychology of Learning & Instruction (1.5)

ED-D 561A: Methods in Educational Research (1.5)

Year 1  Summer 

ED-D 570: Self-Regulated Learning (1.5)

ED-D 572: Motivation & Emotion Regulation  (1.5)

Year 2 Fall

ED-D 560: Statistical Methods in Education (1.5)

ELECTIVE in consultation with supervisor (1.5)

Year 2 Spring

ED-D 506B: Social and Emotional Development (1.5)

ELECTIVE in consultation with supervisor (1.5)

Year 2 Summer

ED-D 598 Project (3.0)

ED-D 597: Comprehensive Exam (1.5)

MEd with co-op

Year 1 Fall

ED-D 505: Advanced Concepts in Human Development (1.5)

ED-D 508: Theories of Learning in Educational Psychology(1.5) 

Co-op preparation and courses (non-credit)

Year 1 Spring

ED-D 561A: Methods in Educational Research (1.5)

ED-D 509: Psychology of Learning & Instruction (1.5)

Year 1 Summer (May-August)

Co-op Work Term 1

Year 2 Fall

ED-D 560: Statistical Methods in Education

Development requirement (1.5)

Year 2 Spring

Co-op Work Term 2

Year 2 Summer 

ED-D 570 Self-regulated Learning (1.5)

ED-D 572: Motivation & Emotion Regulation  (1.5)

Year 3 Fall

ELECTIVE in consultation with supervisor (1.5)

ELECTIVE in consultation with supervisor (1.5)

Year 3 Spring

ED-D 598 Project (3.0)

ED-D 597 Comprehensive (Oral) Exam (1.5)