Master of Arts
Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based, on-campus degree
Master of Arts
Research degrees embrace the notion of preparing "Stewards of the Discipline", scholars capable of generating new knowledge, conducting research with a high degree of competence and integrity, transforming knowledge, and communicating the results to advance the field.
The Master of Arts (MA) is a research-intensive (thesis-based) degree intended to prepare students for further research. This program is available on-campus only.
Informed by a rich heritage rooted in a commitment to human, community and social development. As a hub of interdisciplinarity, the focus of graduate studies within this specialization is on adult learning and adult education. Our graduate students draw from multiple and diverse contexts and interest areas, which include: traditional post-secondary and continuing education; business and industry; NGOs; community development and international organizations.
Curriculum & Learning
Encompassing issues of content, context, and teaching in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Students can explore contemporary themes of curriculum and learning, including issues of globalization, gender, culture, power, traditions of wisdom, ecology in education, and the ideas and practices of social justice, examined from social, cultural, historical, political, discursive, ecological and other interpretive perspectives.
Language & Literacy
|Prepares students to understand and conduct research on various dimensions of literacy, linguistic and cultural diversity, especially as they relate to 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 . This program is open to applicants from a broad array of regions/countries.|
The Master of Arts program in Leadership draws upon the social sciences and humanities to prepare researchers and practitioners for the analysis and resolution of issues and problems related to educational policy and the direction and management of schools, school systems, other institutions, and governmental bodies concerned with public and private education. This specialization prepares graduates for administrative and research-related careers with an understanding of organizational change in the field of educational leadership.
An interdisciplinary field of scholarship that works to further scientific, humanistic, and critical theoretical understandings of learning as well as to engage in the design and implementation of pedagogical innovations to support learning. The primary mission is the advancement of knowledge and the preparation of future researchers and scholars of the discipline.
Application opens: September 1
Application deadline: December 1
Official supporting document deadline: December 1-No Exceptions
Students must use the online application found at the How to Apply page.
Full-time on campus
The minimum admission requirements for a thesis-based Master degree program include:
- A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 (on the University of Calgary four-point system). This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents. Requirements for admission to an MA program in any given year usually exceed this minimum. Please note admission to the Learning Sciences specialization requires a 3.50 GPA.
- A written statement indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education.
- Where appropriate, candidates will be expected to have, or to obtain, relevant practical experience in their area of Specialization.
English Language Proficiency Requirement:
Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs in the Werklund School of Education. Prior to admission to Graduate Programs in Education, an applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement for academic purposes in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) score of 97 overall (Academic Version)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 overall (Academic Version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 (no less than 70 in each section).
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of A- in each course.
An applicant whose first language is not English is exempt from the ELP requirement if they meet the following criteria:
The applicant has completed:
- a Bachelor’s Degree (minimum of 3 years in length), or
- a Graduate Degree
in an institution where the sole language of instruction and examination is English
Eligible institutions must be listed as providing English language instruction in the World Higher Education Database (WHED).
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To submit an official TOEFL test score report:
Arrange for the agency where you completed the academic TOEFL test to send an electronic copy of your test score report to the University of Calgary. Indicate the institution code 0813 and the department code associated with your program of interest, as listed on the ETS website (https://www.ets.org/s/toefl/pdf/dept_code_list.pdf).
To submit an official IELTS test score report:
Please send a copy of your academic IELTS test score report and TRF number to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will use your IELTS TRF number to search the IELTS database and retrieve your official test.
After your ELP test score reports are received by email@example.com:
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Your ELP score report has been uploaded to your file. The Educational Research Graduate Program (cc’d) will update your To Do List at a later date. If you have any further questions about your To Do List, please contact the Graduate Program directly.
For the 2022 Application, Graduate Programs in Education will not be accepting Duolingo for ELP purposes.
- Two references - References are submitted directly through the online application system. No hard copy documents are required.
Application deadline: December 1
Admission to all graduate programs is highly competitive due to limited enrollment capacities. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
All graduate programs are governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In the case of any conflict, regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar take precedence over material on this website. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar for University of Calgary graduate admission requirements.
Please check Application Process for details.
Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made. Graduate Programs in Education will not grant deferrals of admission. Students unable to take up an offer will be required to submit a new application.
All supporting documents are due on December 1-No Exceptions. This is the same date as the application deadline.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that transcripts arrive before the application deadline, and that referees are aware of this deadline.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from all post-secondary institutions you have attended (even if you did not graduate) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts need to be sent by the transcript office(s) (i.e., the office or unit responsible for transcripts) of the institution(s) that you attended.
If original documents are not in English, you must supply an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of your original transcript(s).
To finalize your admission: Submit one official copy of your final official transcript(s) and degree certificate (if degree is not clearly stated on transcripts) in a signed, sealed envelopes from all institutions you attended.
For initial evaluation purposes: Submit one copy of your unofficial transcripts with the grading scale/transcript legend for all post-secondary institutions to your online application by your application deadline. Offers of Admission are conditional upon receipt of all official transcripts/degree certificates.
FOR DOMESTIC APPLICANTS: The unofficial transcript must clearly state the degree awarded. If this is not clearly stated, then a copy of the degree certificate must be included with the unofficial transcript upload. Once an application is submitted, the unofficial transcript and degree certificate are uploaded as one PDF to the application.
FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: The degree certificate must be included with the unofficial transcript upload. Once an application is submitted, the unofficial transcript and degree certificate are uploaded as one PDF to the application.
Transcripts can be sent by email to email@example.com or by mail to the following address:
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Earth Sciences, 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
These documents may be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies from the institution or they can be mailed to you and you can mail them to us yourself.
Email transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution's transcript office to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open official transcripts are not considered as official.
Please visit https://grad.ucalgary.ca/future-students/how-apply/transcript-faq-applicants to answer frequently asked questions on transcripts
Applications, transcripts and all supporting documents must be submitted 11:59 pm MT on the application deadline date for each program.
Transcripts for courses taken at the University of Calgary are not required.
Two (2) academic references are required. References will be asked to complete an online reference form. No hard copy letters of reference or documents will be accepted.
Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies' advice on finding references for your application.
References are due by the application deadline, so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference. Referees will receive notification on how to submit their reference after you submit your application and are due on the application deadline regardless of when they receive the notification. Please ensure that your references are aware of the supporting document submission deadline. Applications without completed reference forms will be considered incomplete after the application deadline has passed.
Statement of Intent
Statement of Intent must be uploaded to your Student Centre after the application has been submitted. Applicants will receive a confirmation email with instructions and information regarding this process upon completion and submission of the online application.
As a Graduate Student you are expected to devote the time, effort, and energy necessary to engage in scholarship. As a graduate student, you will determine the specific milestones and requirements of your program of study in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar and with your graduate supervisor.
An integral part of the masters experience is working closely with a supervisor on the development and completion of a research project. A graduate supervisor mentors graduate students through regular meetings and research training aimed at research, scholarship, teaching and professional development. Graduate supervisors support students in the timely completion of their programs. As a Graduate Student, you are expected to meet with your graduate supervisor on a regular basis. While each student-supervisor relationship is unique, graduate supervisors can assist graduate students in a number of ways: advising on course selection, applying for awards and scholarships, obtaining research funds, applying for teaching assistant and sessional teaching opportunities, developing track records in refereed publications and conference presentations, getting involved in leadership and service, and encouraging and supporting apprenticeship in a research community of practice (collaborative review of papers, grants, academic writing, and data analysis).
In the MA program a supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.
Please refer to the Course Listings section of the Current Students MA homepage: