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Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Receive the advanced education you need to impact communities and lives. Our programs are characterized by small classes that have a huge educational impact.

The skills you learn here will prepare you for a career as a counsellor or therapist. You’ll gain the expertise to use these skills with marginalized communities, children, trauma survivors and Indigenous communities.

Degree programs offered

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to work as a professional counsellor. This program is trauma-informed and offers a balance of theory, practice and research. You’ll pursue either a thesis or a non-thesis-based project.

This community-based program makes Indigenous values and traditions a priority. Gain specialized training to work in mental health and helping roles in Indigenous communities. We focus on key values that were developed with Indigenous community partners. This is the first program of its kind in Canada.

These counselling programs have small classes and direct mentorship. They focus on practicum/internship as a form of counsellor preparation.

This program applies psychological theory and research to learning and instruction. You’ll use evidence-based practices and learn how to support specific educational needs. You’ll choose one of our focus areas:

  • Learning, development and instructional sciences
  • Measurement, evaluation and computer applications
  • Special education

You can pursue a project-based MEd degree or a thesis-based MA degree. We recommend the MA if you wish to pursue further education.

This program will empower you to work in a field that affects peoples' lives. You’ll focus on either adult education and community engagement or educational administration and leadership

You can pursue a project-based MEd degree or a thesis-based MA degree. We recommend the MA if you wish to pursue further education.

This PhD is a research-focused program. You'll learn advanced skills in theory, research and practice. This degree uses coursework and candidacy exams to prepare you for your dissertation. You’ll conduct research in one of our focus areas:

  • Learning, development and instructional sciences
  • Measurement, evaluation and computer applications
  • Special education

We’re currently developing a PhD program in the areas of leadership in educational administration and in community engagement and adult education.

A small number of doctoral students are taken on by special arrangement. You must receive permission to apply from your intended supervisor.

The LATHE graduate certificate is designed for doctoral students who plan to pursue a career teaching adults. You’ll complete courses, workshops and guided experience. You’ll gain an understanding of current research, paradigms and approaches to teaching. Your training in LATHE will make you a more effective and employable instructor.

The LATHE program is usually taken in conjunction with your doctoral studies. Applicants must be UVic students.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
Counselling Psychology MA 2-3 years Yes No
Indigenous Communities Counselling MA 3 years Yes No
Educational Psychology MA or MEd 2 years Yes No
Leadership Studies MA Min. 5 terms Yes No
Leadership Studies MEd 5 full-time terms Yes No
Educational Psychology PhD 4-5 years Yes No
Leadership Studies PhD 4-5 years Yes No
LATHE certificate 2 years No Yes

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate, Certificate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Counselling psychology
  • Indigenous communities counselling
  • Educational psychology
  • Learning psychology
  • Development psychology
  • Instructional sciences
  • Measurement, evaluation and computer applications
  • Special education
  • Leadership studies

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.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

Canadian and International students apply by the following dates for September entry:

  • Counselling Psychology: December 1
  • Educational Psychology: February 1
  • Leadership Studies: February 15

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. EPLS has higher language proficiency requirements than those of Graduate Studies (FGS). Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the applicable graduate secretary:

Leadership studies or 250-472-5005.

LATHE certificate or 250-721-7875.

Educational Psychology and Counselling Psychology or 250-721-7883.

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