Thesis-based MA in adult education and community engagement

The Master of Arts (MA, thesis based) in the adult education and community engagement focus area of leadership studies is an 15-unit program intended for students with diverse backgrounds. Our faculty members bring local, national and international perspectives to the work.

Learn about admission requirements.

We also offer a project-based MEd degree. Candidates must choose their specific degree, MEd or MA, beforing the program.


The MA degree option consists of 15.0 units of course work, which includes a 6.0-unit thesis and oral exam.

Courses are currently being offered online, aligning with Public Health and Safety Guidelines. See this link for UVic Campus updates:

Term Courses
Sept-Dec ED-D 533D: Leadership
ED-D 538A: Community Leadership and Adult Learning
Jan-April ED-D 591E Selected Topics: Narratives of Leadership and Inquiry 
ED-D 591E: Selected Topics: Community Engaged Learning & Practice
May-Aug ED-D 540: Gender, Learning and Leadership
ED-D 591E: Selected Topics: Anti-Oppression, Education and Activism

ED-D 561B: Research Methods in Leadership

ED-D 599: Thesis (6.0)

ED-D 599: Thesis (6.0 units)

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

Securing a supervisor

You must secure a supervisor for your committee before applying to the Master of Arts (thesis-based) program. If you have not established a specific research topic or focus, it may be possible to apply to the MEd program and transfer to the Master of Arts should your supervisor support the program change and you topic advances theory in leadership studies.

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