Master of Arts in Educational Studies (MA)

Overview

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

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

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

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22
22
22
22
6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Depending on program, applicants either reach out to faculty members directly or the program supports this process in different ways.

This program has not specified whether applicants should reach out to faculty members. Please review the program website for additional details.

Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Application Notes

Please ensure you follow the instructions in the online application system. After submitting your application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials are submitted properly and by the application deadline. The Admissions Committee will only review complete applications. You can check the status of your application and supporting materials through the online application system.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2020
Referee Deadline: 22 November 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2020
Referee Deadline: 22 November 2020

Funding Sources

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

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.   

Alumni on Success

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,428.38$4,534.95
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$7,285.14$13,604.85
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $1,500.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (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. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. 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

 20182017201620152014
Applications3819243836
Offers10671813
New registrations436106
Total enrolment2932343527

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 16 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.66 years with an average of 2.84 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. 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: 27 October 2019].

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 (history of education, Education policy, Politics of education)
  • 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 Corpuses, history 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, Imagery, Higher 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 (Philosophical Traditions in Education, philosophy of education)
  • Roman, Leslie Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education
  • Ruitenberg, Claudia (Philosophical Traditions in Education, Educational Approaches, Social Impact of Artistic Education, Professional Ethics, Political Contexts, 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, Tom Adult education, Lifelong learning, Teaching and Practice
  • Stack, Michelle (Adult Education and Continuing Education, Media and Society, Educational Context, university rankings, media education, Knowledge translation, student engagement, social justice and equity)
  • Taylor, Alison (Social Contexts, Political Contexts, Educational Context, Social Policies, Education, Knowledge and Skills)
  • Vanwynsberghe, Robert Citizenship and democracy, Social justice, Sustainability; Sustainability; Environmental Education; Theory and Method

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September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 August 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 November 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 November 2020
 

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