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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Fall 2020

Start of Classes: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
End of Classes: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Please note that all Fall 2020 Graduate Programs in Education courses for Master of Arts students will be delivered fully online due to the university's response to COVID-19.

EDER 608 L01 (5-digit course code #74825)
Research Methods in Education - mandatory for all MA students

EDER 620 L01 (5-digit course code available soon)
Introduction to Interpretive Inquiry
This course will be available for registration shortly. You will receive an e-mail letting you know when it it is open.

EDPS 609 L01/B01 (5-digit course code 74754/74755)
Research Design and Statistics II
This course is normally intended for Educational Psychology students. Please consult with your supervisor if you are interested in taking this course.

EDPS 618 L01/B01 (5-digit course code 72056/72057)
Multivariate Design and Analysis
This course is normally intended for Educational Psychology students. Please consult with your supervisor if you are interested in taking this course.

 

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

EDER 615.01 L01 (5-digit course code #76673)
Contexts, Perspectives, and Legacies in Adult Education

EDER 615.02 L02 (5-digit course code #76674)
Contemporary Conversations in Curriculum and Learning

EDER 615.03 L03 (5-digit course code #76675)
Leadership and Dynamic Organizations

Winter 2021

Start of Classes: Monday, January 11, 2021
End of Classes: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Please note that the delivery of Winter 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.

EDER 610 L01 (5-digit course code #15907)
Case Study Research in Education
Thursdays, 09:00 - 11:50
Location TBD

EDPS 609 L01/B01 (5-digit course code 11918/11919)
Research Design and Statistics II
Lecture: Mondays, 09:00 - 11:50
Lab: Tuesdays, 16:30 - 18:20
This course is normally intended for Educational Psychology students. Please consult with your supervisor if you are interested in taking this course.

 

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

EDER 615.05 L01 (5-digit course code #16255)
Language and Literacy: Theories & Issues
Mondays, 09:00 - 11:50
Location TBD

EDER 615.06 L02 (5-digit course code #16256)
Learning and Experience
Wednesdays, 09:30 - 12:20
Location TBD


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.