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Educational Studies (MA)

This MA is a research-oriented program in educational studies for students interested in any areas offered in the department.

This is a thesis-based degree and you will conduct your own independent research. You will consider the expertise of faculty members in the area and work with your supervisor to develop an individualized program of study culminating in a substantial research contribution to the field.

You can specialize in one of the following areas:

  • art education
  • curriculum studies
  • drama education
  • early childhood education
  • educational technology
  • language and literacy
  • mathematics and science education
  • music education
  • social, cultural and foundational studies
Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2-5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • understand the depth and breadth of educational research
  • critically engage with educational research, being able to read and engage with research studies
  • align theoretical constructs to methodologies
  • understand and apply ethical principles to research
  • focus on a specific area of focus and conduct research
  • share research findings in diverse ways to diverse audiences

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Alison Shields

Assistant Professor, Art Education

Anita Prest

Associate Professor, Music Education

Graham McDonough

Professor, Philosophical Foundations, and Associate Fellow, Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

Helen Raptis

Associate Professor, Historical Foundations

Jason Price

Associate Professor, Social Studies

Jennifer S. Thom

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education & Curriculum Studies

Jodi Streelasky

Associate Professor, Language & Literacy, Early Childhood Education

Kathy Sanford

Professor, Language & Literacy

Leslee Francis-Pelton

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

Michael Paskevicius

Assistant Professor, Educational Technology

Michelle Wiebe

Assistant Professor, Art Education

Monica Prendergast

Professor, Drama Education

Natalie LeBlanc

Assistant Professor, Art Education

Natasha Reid

Assistant Professor, Art Education Community art education, Visual inquiry as research, Studio art practices, K-12 art education, Canadian or Indigenous art

Ruthanne Tobin

Associate Professor, Language & Literacy

Sylvia Pantaleo

Professor, Language & Literacies

Ted Riecken

Professor, Social Studies

Tim Anderson

Associate Professor, Additional Language Learning TESOL/Applied linguistics, Language socialization, English for academic purposes, Second-language writing, Internationalization of higher education, Chinese as an additional language, Case study as a research method

Tim Pelton

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

Todd Milford

Associate Professor in Science Education and Research Methodologies, Department Chair

Valerie Irvine

Assistant Professor, Educational Technology

Vanessa Andreotti

Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Education

Wanda Hurren

Professor, Social Studies & Curriculum Studies

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Application deadlines

Admission requirements

Program specific requirements

  • Names and email addresses of 2 references (academic or professional)
  • Letter of intent. Include your area of interest and topics as well as relevant experience. This will be used to find a good match with a supervisor
  • Resume

Program specific requirements

  • Names and email addresses of 2 references (academic or professional)
  • Letter of intent. Include your area of interest and topics as well as relevant experience. This will be used to find a good match with a supervisor
  • Resume

Completion requirements

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View the minimum course requirements for this program.

Funding & aid

Tuition & fees

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Need help?

Contact Ms. Fariba Ardestani at or 250-721-7882.

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