Master of Arts

For current Master of Arts (MA) students

Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing stewards of the discipline⁠—that is, scholars capable of generating and transforming knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, and communicating the results to advance their field of study.

The Master of Arts (MA) is a research-intensive, thesis-based degree that is full-time and delivered on campus.

Specializations


Adult Learning

Adult learning and education is informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community, and social development. Studies in adult learning draw from multiple and diverse contexts and interest areas that include post-secondary and continuing education, business and industry, NGOs, community development, and international organizations.

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Curriculum & Learning

Curriculum and learning studies compass issues of content, context, and teaching in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Students may explore contemporary themes including issues of globalization, gender, culture, power, traditions of wisdom, ecology in education, and the ideas and practices of social justice. Themes are examined from social, cultural, historical, political, discursive, ecological, and other interpretive perspectives.

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Language & Literacy

Language and literacy studies prepare students to understand and conduct research on various dimensions of literacy, linguistic and cultural diversity. Our studies encompass the acquisition, use, teaching, and learning of languages, multiliteracies (multiple meaning-making systems, including print, visual, oral, audiovisual, and gestural texts), and new literacies and digital media.

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Leadership

Studies in leadership and educational policy draw upon the social sciences and humanities to prepare our researchers and practitioners for administrative and research-related careers. Students analyze and resolve contemporary issues related to educational policy, organizational change, and the direction and management of schools, school systems, other institutions, and governmental bodies concerned with public and private education.

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Learning Sciences

Learning science is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understandings of learning. Our students engage in the design and implementation of pedagogical innovations to support learning. Our primary mission is the advancement of knowledge, and the preparation of future researchers and scholars of the discipline in the learning sciences.

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Summer 2021

Start of Classes: Monday, June 28, 2021
End of Classes: Wednesday, August 11, 2021

For all Specialization Courses please contact your Supervisor for recommendations.

Please note that specialization courses are offered through online delivery.

Fall 2021

Start of Classes: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
End of Classes: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Please note that the delivery of Fall 2021 Graduate Programs in Education courses for Master of Arts students may be subject to change. Tentative on campus dates and times are listed in our schedule. We will communicate any updates on delivery to students. Please ensure that you regularly check your @ucalgary.ca e-mail address for updates.

For all Specialization Courses please contact your Supervisor for recommendations.

Please note that specialization courses are offered through online delivery.

EDPS 609 L01/B01 Research Design and Statistics
Please note that permission from the Educational Psychology Department is required.

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Courses from other departments/faculties

You may fulfill some of your program requirements by taking courses from other departments/faculties. You should seek permission to register from your supervisor and the respective unit/faculty.

Below is a list of Fall 2020 courses from other departments/units that you may consider taking. This list is not all encompassing, nor are we mandating that you take one or any of these courses. It is, as a student, your responsibility to initiate permission with your supervisor and the respective unit/faculty to take one of these courses.

  • COMS 615: Research Methods
  • NURS 683: Qualitative Designs and Analysis
  • NURS 621: Quantitative Designs and Analysis
  • SOWK 670: Advanced Methods & Epistemology in Social Work Research
  • SOCI 611: Social Statistics: The General Linear Model
  • POLI 691: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

Winter 2022

Start of Classes: Monday, January 10, 2022
End of Classes: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Please note that the delivery of Winter 2022 Graduate Programs in Education courses for Master of Arts students may be subject to change. Tentative on campus dates and times are listed in our schedule. We will communicate any updates on delivery to students. Please ensure that you regularly check your @ucalgary.ca e-mail address for updates.

For all Specialization Courses please contact your Supervisor for recommendations.

Please note that specialization courses are offered through online delivery.

EDPS 609 L01/B01 Research Design and Statistics
Please note that permission from the Educational Psychology Department is required.

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Courses from other departments/faculties

You may fulfill some of your program requirements by taking courses from other departments/faculties. You should seek permission to register from your supervisor and the respective unit/faculty.

Below is a list of Winter 2021 courses from other departments/units that you may consider taking. This list is not all encompassing, nor are we mandating that you take one or any of these courses. It is, as a student, your responsibility to initiate permission with your supervisor and the respective unit/faculty to take one of these courses.

  • ANTH 611: Methods in Anthropologic Research 
  • NURS 683: Qualitative Designs and Analysis
  • NURS 621: Quantitative Designs and Analysis
  • NURS 609: Applied Statistics for Nursing Research
  • SOCI 601.4/701.44: Seminar in Mixed Methods Research

Contact Us

GPA

Administrative Questions?

Sylvia Parks, Graduate Program Administrator (GPA) sparks@ucalgary.ca

AC

Academic Questions?

Contact the Academic Coordinator for your specialization. Contact information is listed on each specialization page.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Ready to Apply?

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies' homepage to see information for thesis-based students.