Master of Arts in Educational Studies (MA)


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:

  • Adult Learning and Education (ALE)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (EDAL)
  • Higher Education (HIED)
  • Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE)

MA students may also enroll in a general concentration.

The EDST MA is for students who are interested in learning and writing education 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.

What makes the program unique?

  • The Educational Studies department is multidisciplinary with representation from history, philosophy, sociology, political science, economics, gender studies, and law. We welcome students from diverse life and work backgrounds and research interests.
  • We have a global faculty and student profile from North and the America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • We pride ourselves on our established theory-praxis tradition and a strong commitment to social justice.
  • Our department is situated within a research-intensive university and works with other faculties to produce cutting-edge research.

Quick Facts

Master of Arts
Mode of delivery
On campus
Educational Studies
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty of Education


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Career Options

Our MA program is broad and open to cater to students with diverse career interests. Graduates of our program find themselves in successful careers in fields including school boards, teaching, curriculum development, consulting, administration, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, the corporate sector, and social enterprises.   

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Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,334.10$4,192.82
Tuition per year$7,002.30$12,578.46
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $1,500.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations3610611
Total enrolment3234352721

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 5 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 2.66 years with an average of 2.20 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Abdi, Ali (Citizenship and human rights education, International Development Education, Multi-centric Philosophies and Methodologies of Education, postcolonial studies in education, Social and Cultural Foundations of Education)
  • Ahenakew, Cash (Cultural studies, Higher Education, Indigenous Studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Race/ethnicity, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education)
  • Andres, Lesley (Equity, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, International comparative higher education, Life Course research, Lifelong learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education)
  • Chan, Jennifer (transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies)
  • De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa (Education for/about international development, Social accountability in local and global engagements, Global Citizenship Education)
  • Ellis, Jason (Philosophy, History and Comparative StudiesHistory of education, Education policy, Politics of education, Special education, Disability, History of childhood and youth, Urban and suburban history, Canadian history, American history, Educational administration)
  • Fallon, Gerald (Indigenous Studies, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and Organizations, Policy, Research methodologies)
  • Frank, Blye (Boys’ and men’s sociology of health, Masculinities and schooling gender and schooling Sexualities and schooling professional development in education, Masculinity, sociology of boys)
  • Gill, Hartej (Cultural studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Teaching and Practice)
  • Gleason, Mona (History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuseshistory of education, history of children and youth, critical youth studies, gender and sexuality)
  • Kelly, Deirdre (Children and youth, Gender studies, Media and democracy, Social justice, Sociology of Education)
  • Marker, Michael (First Nations’ education, First nations education)
  • Mazawi, Andre (Citizenship and democracy, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and organizations, Research methodologies, Sociology of Education)
  • Metcalfe, Amy (Science and Knowledge, Power and Organization, ImageryHigher Education, Faculty, Internationalization, Campus Environments)
  • Poole, Wendy (Educational leadership and administration; Organizational change in education (reform of schooling); Teachers’ work; Teacher unions and teacher unionism; role of teacher unions in education, Leadership and organizations, Social justice, Teaching and Practice)
  • Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel (Philosophy of education, Race/ethnicity, Research methodologies, Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, Teaching and Practice)
  • Roman, Leslie (Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education)
  • Ruitenberg, Claudia (Philosophical Traditions in Education, Educational Approaches, Social Impact of Artistic EducationInternational education; political education; discourse and translation)
  • Shan, Hongxia (Adult education, Equity, Gender Studies, International and Comparative Education, Lifelong Learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Teaching and Practice, Workplace learning)
  • Sork, Thomas (Adult education, Lifelong learning, Teaching and Practice)
  • Stack, Michelle (Participatory research, Social Contextsuniversity rankings , media education, knowledge mobilization, student engagement, social justice and equity)
  • Taylor, Alison (Political Economy in Education)
  • Vanwynsberghe, Robert (Citizenship and democracy, Social justice, Sustainability; Sustainability; Environmental Education; Theory and Method)
  • Walker, Judith (Adult education, Higher Education, International and Comparative Education, International Comparative Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Medical Education, Policy, Workplace learning)



September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2018
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2018

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