Mount Saint Vincent University
Graduate programs in the field of Curriculum Studies encompass, but are not limited to, investigations into: teacher education, the social construction of knowledge, the curriculum as culturally and politically situated, contemporary curriculum and instructional discourses, and the role of curriculum and curricular reform in K-12 and other learning environments. Students learn about issues of planning and development, program implementation and evaluation, and pre-service and in-service teacher education. Inquiry in the field is multi-disciplinary and includes numerous perspectives and orientations such as: cultural studies, historical consciousness, post structuralism, feminism, multicultural education, semiotics, and critical theory.
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. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.
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:
Overall score requirement: 92
Overall score requirement: 6.5
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.
A Master's degree with high standing in a relevant educational discipline.
A letter of intent describing the focus of the proposed research and a sample of work demonstrating scholarly writing,
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.
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.
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,732.53||$3,043.77|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$969.17 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $17,242.00 (check cost calculator)|
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.
All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2021 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $22,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $22,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.
All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their 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.
Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union.
Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. The duties usually constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is a form of financial support for a period of graduate study and is, therefore, not covered by a collective agreement. Unlike other forms of fellowship support for graduate students, the amount of a GRA is neither fixed nor subject to a university-wide formula. The stipend amounts vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded. Some research projects also require targeted research assistance and thus hire graduate students on an hourly basis.
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
68 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 3 are in non-salaried situations; for 6 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 59 graduates:
These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
|2011||Dr. Jestley studied images voice teachers use to help students sing, such as visualizing the air they use as a flowing river. She identified three different approaches teachers used and established systematic frameworks for them. These should help the vocal community consciously and explicitly describe metaphors they often use unconsciously and implicitly.|
|2011||Dr. McIntosh explored museum educators' perspectives' of their practice of teaching other educators to teach in informal learning settings. Her study revealed insights into their beliefs regarding practice, generated new understandings about teaching in museums and tensions inherent in practice, and provided direction for professional development.|
|2011||Dr. Tan investigated Singapore Biology teachers' learning through a "Learning Study Approach" to professional development. Her work revealed the potential of the Learning Study Approach to promote teacher collaboration in overcoming uncertainties associated with curricular and pedagogical reforms and their ability to use learning theories to implement effective biology instruction.|
|2011||Dr. Jahng investigated communication relationships during a small group activity in an online course. She developed a model for collaborative learning in small groups and showed how to use the model to analyze communication and assess group collaborations. Her research provides online educators with concrete methods for assessing and facilitating the work of small groups.|
|2011||Dr. Janzen's study explores teachers' understandings of teacher identity and the implications of these beliefs on teachers' development. Her study illustrates the force of external pressures exerted on teachers, the tensions between external pressures and teachers' personal desires, as well as the ethical and curricular implications of such tensions.|
|2011||Dr. Gerhard examined how an undergraduate student's identity developed with participation in an interdisciplinary science degree program. Her research provided insight into how university programs enable interdisciplinary learning and foster students' engagement in undergraduate science.|
|2011||Dr. LaMonde demonstrated the important contribution of neuroscience in educational fields through a study on movement, which holds primacy in learning from imitating to creativity. Her interdisciplinary study sheds light on the central role of movement in the human development of cognitive, social, and emotional reasoning.|
|2011||Dr. Bergère explored how prospective elementary teachers made sense of university science courses. Her research demonstrated the need for teachers to better understand science as a highly tentative, subjective, and socially constructed enterprise and the deleterious effect of ignoring the concept of the 'nature of science' in university curricula.|
|2010||Dr. Mitchell's dissertation explores the meaning of an education across a continuum of life experiences, from the earliest days of formal schooling to a life-long career as a Blues musician, illustrating the complex interplay between teaching and learning that arises in both intended and incidental contexts.|
|2010||Dr. LaCroix examined the roles of language, gestures, and material artifacts in mathematical thinking and learning within workplace training. His findings further the understanding of social process and communication involved in mathematics learning in a wide variety of contexts.|
Curriculum Studies encompasses, but is not limited to, investigations into: teacher education, the social construction of knowledge, the curriculum as culturally and politically situated, contemporary curriculum and instructional discourses, and the role of curriculum and curricular reform in K-12 and other learning environments. Students learn about issues of planning and development, program implementation and evaluation, and pre-service and in-service teacher education. Inquiry in the field is multi-disciplinary and includes numerous perspectives and orientations such as: cultural studies, historical consciousness, post structuralism, feminism, multicultural education, semiotics, and critical theory.