MA in Educational Studies

The MA program in Educational Studies is a department-wide thesis based program that can be completed full-time over a two year period or part-time over a longer period.

MA students can focus their studies in one of four MA concentrations:

MA students may also enroll in a general concentration.

The EDST MA is for students who are interested in learning about educational research or in becoming educational researchers. The program also prepares students for continuing doctoral work in education (PhD and EdD), should they wish to pursue this option.

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“Our MA program will give students a strong background in both conceptualizing and carrying out research. Coursework is heavily weighted toward conceptualization of a research project, how to use theory to inform one’s research, an overview of the various research methods that can be employed in relation to conceptualization and theory, and writing with rigor and integrity. Good research skills come into play in any endeavor in the world of practice. From informing oneself through the literature, designing a survey, through to evaluating the success of a program, practice, or policy, each stage involves good research skills. As a result, our MA graduates with a specialization in Higher Education will be well equipped as higher education researchers and practitioners.”

Lesley Andres, Faculty

International Student Impressed by Breadth and Depth of Faculty

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I applied for other programs in the U.S. and Europe, but there were so many grad students and very few professors. In EDST, there’s lots of contact, it’s easy to make an appointment. The focus is really on the student, what I want to study, I can get advice on how to develop my research idea. I’m interested in multiculturalism in education in my home country of Korea and there’s a lot of experience on the topic in the department. I’m learning a lot from my classmates in the cohort too. Of course, Canada is famous for being a multicultural society.

- Alice Aeju Jeon
First Year MA Student

Second Year MA Student Audits New Core MA Course

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I chose EDST because it seemed like the home of people who are looking at education systems from outside those systems. My undergrad was in philosophy, so I wanted a match in terms of the discipline. I’m in the second year of my MA program and when they announced the changes to SCPE within the new MA, I decided to audit EDST 571. It was the first time the department was offering a course that linked research and methodology. I’d taken them separately before, but now I’m learning how they inform each other. The course has made me feel confident about moving forward with my thesis.

- Amy Clausen
Second Year MA Student

Admissions Requirements for Graduate Study

All graduate program applicants in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) must meet the minimum entry requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, which oversees graduate work at UBC. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will be considered for admission only in exceptional circumstances.

More Info: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/graduate-degree-programs/master-of-arts-educational-studies

General Eligibility

To be eligible for admission to a master’s degree program at UBC, applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (apart from applicants from Quebec) with a minimum overall average in the B+ range (at UBC 76%) in third- and fourth-year courses prescribed by the Department concerned as prerequisite to the master’s program.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - Minimum Academic Requirements: Canadian or U.S. Credentials
http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/minimum-academic-requirements-canadian-or-us-credentials

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - Minimum Academic Requirements: International Credentials
http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/minimum-academic-requirements-international-credentials

English Requirements

English Proficiency Test Score: Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 600 (paper version), 250 (computer version), 92 with a minimum of 22 in each component (iTB) is required for admission to all programs in Educational Studies. Visit TOEFL’s website
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): Minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 81.

The applicants must have an official report of their score on one of these tests sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Educational Studies at the address below by the application deadline. Score reports more than two years old will not be accepted.

More Information: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/english-proficiency-requirements

EDST provides scholarship funding to outstanding full-time MA applicants. Students who apply to the EDST MA are automatically considered for scholarship funding. Funding is limited and distributed on a competitive basis.

Program Requirements

The EDST MA is a 30 credit program that culminates in the completion of a research thesis.

The degree provides beginning researchers with strong preparation for their own research projects and a rich learning environment for studying educational theories, methodologies, and problems.

Full-time MA students typically enroll in two courses per term, with the required courses completed within the first year.

Part-time students enroll in one or more courses a term.

Students enrolled in the MA program must complete the following:

  • 9 credits of required MA courses, EDST 571 (6 credits) and EDST 572 (3 credits)
  • 3 credits of advanced research methods coursework
  • 12 credits of coursework in an MA concentration (3 required courses and 1 elective) or 12 credits of coursework in an independent or general concentration
  • 6-credit MA thesis

Program Worksheets are available here: Student Program of Study Worksheets

Required Educational Studies MA courses

    • EDST 571 Educational Research: Relating Questions, Theory and Methodology is a required two-term course spanning Winter 1 and Winter 2 terms (3 credits each term; 6 credits total).
    • EDST 572 Research, Writing, and Representation (3 credits) is a second required course. To accommodate both full- and part-time students, required MA courses are normally offered in evening time slots or on weekends.

Required Courses in each MA Concentration

Adult Learning and Education (ALE)
EDST 503  Foundations of Adult Learning and Education
EDST 514  Adult Education Program Planning Theory
EDST 518  Theory and Research on Adult Learning

Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAL)
EDST 532  Leadership in Educational Organizations
EDST 581  Leadership, Administration, and the Aims of Education
EDST 582  The Study of Educational Organizations

Higher Education (HIED)
EDST 521  Foundations of Higher Education
EDST 511  Organization and Administration of Higher Education
EDST 536  Higher Education Systems in Canada

Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE) 
EDST 577    The Social Context of Educational Policy (Social Contexts of Educational Policy and Politics)
EDST 509    Constructing Citizens: Canada and the Educational Past
EDST 597    Educational Theories (Educational Theories: Equality, Democracy, and Justice)

Independent or General Option
This option is planned in conjunction with one’s research supervisor. In total, 12 credits of coursework are required.

The MA thesis is an original document which the student has intensively studied a problem, a set of circumstances, or analyzed a particular concept or set of ideas. Students develop research proposals that must be approved by a research supervisory committee. Research supervisory committees usually consist of a research supervisor and one committee member.  Research supervisory committees provide program advice, assist students to develop a research proposal, read and critique drafts of the thesis, and help ensure that the thesis is ready for defense.

Evaluation of the thesis is based on a range of considerations. The research committee works with the student to develop a strong, defensible thesis. The EDST MA requires a public defense. The defense will include the assessment provided by an external examiner. The length of the thesis is usually 80 to 100 pages in total.

Apply Online: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/apply/online/

The number of graduate students who can be accommodated is limited and only the best qualified applicants can hope to secure places. To ensure that all applicants are treated equitably, your application will go through several stages before a decision is made on acceptance or rejection. Once your transcripts have been reviewed to determine if you are eligible for admission to graduate study at UBC, several faculty members in scholarly areas related to your area of interest will read your application and individually assess your suitability for admission.

As well as evaluating all components of your application, we must be convinced by the statement of intent that your academic interests are congruent with those of the department, that your background is adequate for graduate work in your area of interest, and that the department and university possess the necessary resources for you to complete the degree. An Educational Studies faculty member in your area of interest must be willing to become your adviser.

You will be informed of the department’s decision by March 31. The department recommends applicants to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for admission. If you are admitted conditionally, subject to completing a degree in progress or courses, these conditions will be included in the offer of admission. Successful applicants are asked to inform the department as soon as possible whether they will accept a place in the Higher Education Program in the Department of Educational Studies. If you decide to accept our offer, you must contact your adviser. Together with your advisor, you should plan a program of study.

More Info: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/graduate-degree-programs/master-of-arts-educational-studies

Applications should be submitted online at www.grad.ubc.ca/apply/online. All of the following components of an application must be received by the department’s Graduate Program Assistant before the file can be reviewed by the appropriate admissions committee.

        1. Online UBC application form. When you submit an online application at www.grad.ubc.ca/apply/online, the completed form is automatically forwarded to the Graduate Program Assistant. Non-refundable processing fee payable to UBC. See the cover of the official UBC application form for the exact amount.
        2. Upload digital copies (.pdfs) of official transcripts. See Digital Copies of Official Transcripts tab for details.
        3. Three references – The purpose of the references is to give as complete an idea as possible of your relevant background and capacity to complete the degree. Two of the references should be from a course instructor or other person able to assess your academic ability. Other suitable referees include a supervisor, president, academic dean, or another person to whom you are, or have been, accountable in employment or as a volunteer. The reference letters must be in English. If the original letter is in another language, the letter must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
There are three possible formats for references:
          • Electronic references: In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee. (Please note that we are unable to accept emails from Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, MSN or other free email accounts for referees.) Once the online application has been submitted, a unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment.
          • Paper letters of reference: Your referee may wish to send a paper letter. Paper letters of reference should be on referee’s official letterhead and must be mailed directly to the relevant program (see address below) in a sealed and endorsed envelope by the referee.
          • Paper reference forms: UBC provides a general reference form. Your referee may fill out this form and mail it directly to the relevant program in a sealed and endorsed envelope.
        4. Statement of intent. You need to describe in one to two pages your specific interests in pursuing a graduate degree and precisely why you are applying to the Department of Educational Studies and to the program or concentration you have selected. This statement should highlight the following:
          • your background and experience
          • description of your research topic or area of enquiry
          • the association of the proposed research with research undertaken in EDST
          • name(s) of faculty member(s) with whom the applicant has contact and/or may be suitable as research supervisor
        5. Writing Sample. - You must provide a writing sample that will serve as evidence of your potential to write at the graduate level in EDST. Normally, the writing sample is 10 to 20 pages in length (e.g., course paper).

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have submissions returned.

To find out whether all materials have arrived safely, you may want to contact the department’s Graduate Program Assistant at 604.822.6647 or email grad.edst@ubc.ca.

Applicants from outside Canada should be aware of additional requirements that may apply. Please read the following to determine which of these requirements may apply to you.

International Credentials Equivalency

Please see the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website:
http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/minimum-academic-requirements-international-credentials

International Transcripts and Translation Requirements

See International Transcripts and Translation Requirements tab for details

Entering Canada

To enter Canada, a “Student Authorization” (Student Visa) is required. Apply as soon as possible to the nearest Canadian Consular or Immigration Office since it may take 8–10 weeks for processing. For applicants applying from the People’s Republic of China it may take 3–6 months. Applying for a Student Authorization requires a UBC letter of admission/acceptance; a valid passport; and evidence of adequate funds for tuition, maintenance of the student and, if married, the student’s spouse and children, plus travel funds to and from Canada. Please consult the Immigration Canada website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp.

If the application for a visa is approved, the UBC letter of admission/acceptance will be returned to the student and must be retained for presentation to the Immigration Officer at the Canadian point of entry.

Canadian Transcripts

UBC has changed its application document requirements.

If you are applying to begin study in 2016 or beyond, you will normally scan and upload digital copies (.pdfs) of official required documents in the application system. These are considered "unofficial documents". These uploaded copies of your official documents will be used for initial evaluation of the applicant.

Conditional admission offers may be made based on documents uploaded to the application system. However, admission offers will not be finalized and applicants will not be allowed to register in a graduate program until one set of all required official academic records are received and validated by the University.

UPLOADING UNOFFICIAL COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS IN THE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Applicants with Canadian transcripts (other than UBC) must obtain an official paper transcript for every post-secondary institution they have attended.  UBC transcripts are not required.

Each transcript should be scanned as an individual .pdf file and then uploaded to the application system as indicated. They should be named: "Applicant Full Name-Document Description.extension"

Examples:

Kelly Smith-University of Waterloo Transcript.pdf
Kelly Smith-CV.pdf
Kelly Smith-Journal of Neurosciences Paper.pdf

Transcripts must be scanned front and back. All pages of one transcript, front and back, should be uploaded as a single file (rather than a separate file for each page).

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

To be considered official, academic records must either be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution, or be sent via secure electronic delivery by the issuing institution.

If you have been offered admission conditional upon receipt of official documentation, you must provide UBC with one set of official transcripts for every postsecondary institution you have attended for the equivalent of one year or more of full-time study. UBC reserves the right to also require any individual applicant to provide official transcripts for study of less than one year duration. Do not send official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission unless you have received special instructions from the graduate program to which you have applied.

Documents being provided to meet conditions of admission should be sent directly to:

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
University of British Columbia
6371 Crescent Rd
Vancouver, BC CANADA  V6T 1Z2

CURRENT AND FORMER UBC STUDENTS

You do not need to submit UBC transcripts as part of your graduate application, as this data is already available through the student database system. However, be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).

International Transcripts and Translations

UBC has changed its application document requirements.

If you are applying to begin study in 2016 or beyond, you will normally scan and upload digital copies (.pdfs) of official required documents in the application system. These are considered "unofficial documents". These uploaded copies of your official documents will be used for initial evaluation of the applicant.

Conditional admission offers may be made based on documents uploaded to the application system. However, admission offers will not be finalized and applicants will not be allowed to register in a graduate program until one set of all required official academic records are received and validated by the University.

UPLOADING UNOFFICIAL COPIES OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN THE APPLICATION SYSTEM

Applicants with transcripts from non-Canadian post-secondary institutions must obtain an official paper transcript for every post-secondary institution they have attended.

Each transcripts should be scanned as an individual .pdf file and then uploaded to the application system as indicated. Otherwise, they should be named: "Applicant Full Name-Document Description.extension"

Examples:

Peng Zhang-Peking University Transcript.pdf
Peng Zhang-Peking University Transcript English Translation.pdf
Peng Zhang-CV.pdf
Peng Zhang-Journal of Neurosciences Paper.pdf

Transcripts must be scanned front and back. All pages of one transcript, front and back, should be uploaded as a single file (rather than a separate file for each page).

If you have transcripts that are issued in a language other than English, then in addition to uploading digital copies of the documents in their original language, you must also upload a certified literal English translation of your transcripts from your home university's translation service or certified English translator.

Please consult the document scanning and uploading instructions provided within the online application for detailed instructions.

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

To be considered official, academic records must either be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution, or be sent via secure electronic delivery by the issuing institution.

After being offered admission: If you have been offered admission conditional upon receipt of official documentation, you must provide UBC with one set of official transcripts for every postsecondary institution you have attended for the equivalent of one year or more of full-time study. UBC reserves the right to also require any individual applicant to provide official transcripts for study of less than one year duration.

If an official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then an official copy of the degree certificate must also be submitted

If your university issues only one original copy of transcripts/degree certificates:

Make photocopies of your original academic records and send them to your home university. Ask your home university to:

  • verify that the photocopies are consistent with their records.
  • attest that the copies are true photocopies and stamp them with an official university stamp.
  • put the attested, stamped photocopies in sealed envelopes endorsed by the Registrar.
  • mail the sealed, endorsed envelopes directly to Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

If your transcripts are issued in a language other than English:

  • arrange to have a set of all official transcripts issued in their original language.
  • obtain a certified literal English translation of your transcripts from your home university's translation service.
  • send both the original transcripts and the literal English translation to UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

If your home university does not provide English translations of transcripts:

  • make a photocopy of your copy of your transcripts. Do not open a sealed, endorsed envelope containing transcripts intended for submission to your program.
  • take the copy to a certified English translator and ask them to provide a complete, word-by-word, literal English translation.
  • tell the translator to put both the original language photocopy and the English translation into a sealed envelope, and endorse the envelope by signing across the seal.
  • send the sealed, endorsed envelopes from the translator to UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
  • send your original transcripts in the original language to UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

Note: Academic records must be translated in their entirety, including any information that appears on the reverse side of any document.

UBC does not accept the following:

  • photocopies that have not been stamped, attested and endorsed by the Registrar at your home university
  • documents in envelopes that have been opened
  • documents that do not arrive in sealed envelopes endorsed by the issuing institution or certified translator
  • documents that arrive without the official seal of the university
  • photocopies notarized by a notary public
  • photocopies endorsed by a lawyer, professor, judge etc.
  • unofficial translations
  • non-literal translations

Do not send academic records that are not in sealed and endorsed envelopes. It will only delay the processing of your application.

Documents being provided to meet conditions of admission  should be sent directly to:

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
University of British Columbia
6371 Crescent Rd
Vancouver, BC CANADA  V6T 1Z2

Note that fees are subject to change by the University.

Tuition for EDST MA Graduate Programs

Tuition fees for Research MA Programs are found on the UBC Calendar website .

Deadlines for applications

Deadlines for the EDST MA program can be found on the EDST website.

Contact Us

For more information about this program, the department and admission procedures can be found at www.edst.educ.ubc.ca or by contacting

Sandra Abah, Graduate Program Assistant

Email: grad.edst@ubc.ca
Tel: 604.822.6647
Fax: 604.822.4244

Department of Educational Studies
Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia
6445 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2

or

Dr. Mona Gleason, Program Coordinator
mona.gleason@ubc.ca