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 where students have the flexibility to take online specialization courses.

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 2022

Start of Classes: Monday, June 27, 2022
End of Classes: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

For all Specialization Courses please contact your Supervisor for recommendations.

Please see the 2022-23 Masters Course Timetable above. 

Fall 2022

Start of Classes: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
End of Classes: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Please note that the delivery of Fall 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.

EDER 608 L01 Research Methods in Education (on campus delivery)

For all Specialization Courses please contact your Supervisor for recommendations.

Please see the 2022-23 Masters Course Timetable above. 

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 2023

Start of Classes: Monday, January 9, 2023
End of Classes: Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Please note that the delivery of Winter 2023 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 Case Study Research in Education (on campus delivery)

For all Specialization Courses please contact your Supervisor for recommendations.

Please see the 2022-23 Masters Course Timetable above. 

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

Program Details

For guidance in preparing the final thesis/dissertation, please refer to the GPE Thesis/Dissertation Rubric

Master's Student Checklist

At the beginning of your program:

  • Register for an eID to access myUCalgary. Keep your eID and password confidential.
  • Accept your Offer of Admission in the online Student Centre.
  • Activate your UCalgary IT account and e-mail. You will be expected to regularly check your UCalgary e-mail while in program.
  • Confirm your current e-mail address to your Graduate Program Administrator (see your Admission Letter for contact information). Please include your full name, UCID number, program, and specialization.
  • Connect with your supervisor to plan your program.
  • Initialize your registration.
  • Register for your courses.
  • Check with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Research Services and SSHRC for possible research funding.
  • Attend orientation at the beginning of September!

Within 12 months:

  • Confirm the number of courses required for program completion with the supervisor.

Every May:

  • Submit the online Annual Progress Report form through student centre, approved by supervisor, and Graduate Program Director of GPE or designate.

Every 12 Months:

Within 4 years:

  • Have ethics clearance approved before collection of data.
  • Complete thesis.
  • Supervisor establishes the committee for final oral examination.
  • Upon successful oral examination, submit two unbound copies of the thesis to the Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Thesis Clearance form.
  • Submit an Application for Degree through your Student Centre.
  • Attend convocation and celebrate!

Program Forms

There are various forms related to a student’s progress through their graduate degree. Please refer to the forms for detailed instructions on their proper completion. Students who have any questions or concerns should contact their Graduate Program Administrator. Required forms are available in the GPE office and some can be accessed by downloading them from Faculty of Graduate Studies.

To be eligible to receive financial support, an MA student must be registered full time, be active in the program and demonstrate satisfactory progress on annual progress report (APR).

Students are required to apply for internal and external scholarships (e.g., Tri-Council awards including SSHRC, CIHR), for which they are eligible.

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.