Master of Education: Interdisciplinary Pathway

Course-based, three-step laddered pathway to achieve an MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies

Innovative programs designed to create scholars of the profession

The Master of Education (MEd), Interdisciplinary route is a flexible course-based pathway which provides students with the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of topics. Using an innovative and individualized approach, students gain a depth of knowledge within chosen areas where they develop a critical awareness of current problems and insights informed by cutting edge research.

In this degree pathway, students may choose to complete one topic (4 courses, 12 units) each year and may continue to stack two topics towards the MEd. Topics are offered in face-to-face, fully online and blended (combined face-to-face and online) formats throughout the program to accommodate busy working professionals.

Who is the program for?

Our MEd programs are innovative, current, and practitioner-oriented programs designed to create scholars of the profession. Graduate Programs in Education has conceptualized and designed the MEd as a direct pathway into the professional Education Doctorate (EdD).


Program Pathway

The Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies is cohort-based, part-time, and delivered over a year to accommodate busy working professionals. Students will complete one course per semester beginning in the fall of 2021 (for a total of four 3-unit courses).

Students who successfully complete the certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary studies. Diploma holders will be eligible to apply for admission into the MEd, Interdisciplinary Studies degree and will receive advanced credit for 24 units of coursework completed. Each level of the program is one year long starting in the summer, making it possible to complete the master's degree in three years.

Students select from any of the 2021 interdisciplinary topics when working towards a certificate in year 1 of the program route. In year 2 when working towards a diploma, students may again select any of the available interdisciplinary topics. In year 1 and 2 students may select topics similar in subject content or diversify and choose topics in completely different subject areas. In year 3, students will complete the third, and culminating topic, Educational Research, which is necessary to fulfill requirements for the MEd, Interdisciplinary degree.

Year 1

Step 1: Graduate Certificate

Begin your graduate studies by selecting one Interdisciplinary topic to earn a four course Graduate Certificate.

Year 2

Step 2: Graduate Diploma

Your second credential is earned by successfully completing another four course Interdisciplinary topic.

Step 3

Step 3: Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies

After you have completed your graduate certificate and graduate diploma, the final step is a research year. Upon successful completion of the research topic, you will be awarded your MEd, Interdisciplinary studies.

Student Research

2021 Interdisciplinary Topics

Whether it’s developing the knowledge necessary to support healthy and socially just learning environments or understanding what it takes to provide leadership and advocacy for young children, our wide range of interdisciplinary topics offer something for everyone

View all 2021 Interdisciplinary Topics

Program Delivery

Topics are delivered face-to-face, fully online, or blended (combined face-to-face and online). Our Interdisciplinary topics run over either three (Summer, Fall, Winter) or four (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) terms. Delivery and schedule information is listed on each topic page.

Notice re: Summer Residency 2021

All MEd Interdisciplinary Summer 2021 classes will be moving fully online with the exception of the off-campus courses in the Niitsitapiisinni topics. There will be no on-campus Summer Residency. Please do not make any travel plans such as booking flights or accommodations. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The Werklund School is a leader in online learning, offering robust programs and supports for students seeking alternate program delivery. Staff and faculty are committed to ensuring the quality of this learning experience will meet the needs of our students and maintain the high standards we have become known for.

Blended

Blended topics consist of our summer residency, and on campus experience held in early July with online work completed before and/or after your time in Calgary. Fall, Winter, and Spring courses are typically held online through Desire2Learn and Zoom.

Fully Online

Fully online topics require no in-person meetings; students meet with their instructor and class through Desire2Learn and Zoom. Our online learning environment allows you to participate in live classes and complete coursework from wherever you are in the world.

Off Campus

Off campus topics take place face-to-face outside of Calgary. These Indigenous topic areas offer students enriching, land-based experiences with intentional, seasonal approaches to learning and wellness.

What you need to know

Each topic consists of a total of 12 units (four courses). Graduate students are required to complete the courses within each topic in a prescribed sequence. Information about program delivery options, including face-to-face, blended and online options, can be found within each topic page.

Students are expected to complete program requirements for each topic within one year.  The stackable MEd Interdisciplinary degree pathway has been designed to be completed in three years. 

Minimum admission requirements:

  • 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 60 units (10 full courses).
     
  • 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:

    a) By taking the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and obtaining a score of at least 97. When requesting that official test results are forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813. The test must have been taken within the last two years.

    b) By taking the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and obtaining a minimum score of 7.0  (Academic version). The test must have been taken within the last two years.

    Applicants please note that no exemptions will be made to fulfilling the English language proficiency requirement specified in (a) or (b).

Application requirements:

  • A written statement of intent (suggested length: 300 words) indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing a graduate program in Graduate Programs in Education. The statement should address the following:

    • Please identify your reasons for applying to this graduate program.
    • Please outline the particular topics or questions that you plan to pursue in your specialization.
    • In what way is this program related to your desired career path or employment objectives? 
  • Two references are required for students applying to the Graduate Certificate (Step 1). References will be asked to complete an online reference form*. No hard copy documents will be accepted.
    • Graduate Diploma (Step 2) applicants are not required to submit references.
    • Master of Education - Educational Research Topic (Step 3) applicants are not required to submit references.

*Should you decide to apply, please keep in mind that, although the deadline is March 1st, references and supporting documents are also due on March 1st so you should complete the online application earlier in order to give your referees sufficient time to submit their reference and to allow enough time for official transcripts to be sent from any post-secondary institutions you have attended (other than the University of Calgary). Referees will receive notification on how to submit your reference after you submit your application and are due March 1st regardless of when they receive the notification.

  • Applicants to the Master of Education - Educational Research Topic (Step 3): the minimum admission requirements for the final step of the MEd Interdisciplinary degree program also include completion of steps 1 and 2, the Graduate Certificate AND the Graduate Diploma in Education.

Relevant Prior Learning Considerations:

In exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievements may be considered for admission to the program. The candidates must provide the relevant graduate program with evidence demonstrating a potential to undertake successfully the proposed program of studies.

Such candidates are advised to make early contact with Graduate Programs in Education, and supply additional supporting documents as part of their application package, such as:

a) Evidence of personal continuing education/training.
b) Results in these continuing education efforts.
c) Experience in a field related to the aspired degree.
d) Evidence of successful management of people, resources, finances, situations.
e) Increasing or varying responsible positions in organizations related to the aspired degree.
f) Work-related products, e.g. reports, programs of learning or training, handbooks, videos, manuals, workshops, seminars.
g) Evidence of personal growth in knowledge, understanding, management skills, and intellectual resources.
h) Evidence of innovation.
i) Evidence of leadership, coordination.

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.

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.

The online application for the Graduate Certificate (Step 1), Graduate Diploma (Step 2), and the Master of Education Interdisciplinary - Research Topic (Step 3) is currently open.

Application open: November 1, 2020
Application AND supporting document deadline: March 1, 2021
Program start: Summer (July) 2021

Applicants must use the online application found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies Apply Now page.
 

Graduate Certificate (Step 1) Applicants

Please select the Program: Education - Graduate Certificate option within the online application. 

Specialization: all topics fall under the Interdisciplinary Studies Specialization. 

We advise students to prepare their statement of intent in advance of starting the online application as you will then be able to copy and paste your statement directly into the provided space. Please see the "Admission Requirements" above for more information regarding the statement of intent.

Supporting Documents: ensure that you carefully review the supporting document tab below. Supporting documents, including completed reference forms, must be submitted by March 1 for an application to be considered.
 

Graduate Diploma (Step 2) Applicants

Please select the Program: Education - Graduate Diploma option within the online application. Applicants to the Graduate Diploma must be completing (in progress) or have completed the Graduate Certificate (Step 1).

Specialization: all topics fall under the Interdisciplinary Studies Specialization. 

We advise students to prepare their statement of intent in advance of starting the online application as you will then be able to copy and paste your statement directly into the provided space. Please see the "Admission Requirements" above for more information regarding the statement of intent.

Supporting Documents: new official transcripts are NOT required for applicants to the Graduate Diploma unless course work has been completed at another institution since the Graduate Certificate was completed.


MEd Interdisciplinary (Step 3) Research Topic Applicants

Please select the following options within the online application:

Program: Education - Master of Education
Specialization: Interdisciplinary Studies

Supporting Documents:
 new official transcripts are NOT required for applicants to the MEd Interdisciplinary unless course work has been completed at another institution since the Graduate Diploma was completed.

All supporting documents are due on March 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.


Transcripts
Required for Graduate Certificate (Step 1) applicants.

Returning applicants (to Steps 2 and 3) NOT required to submit transcripts unless course work has been completed at another institution since the completing the previous program/course with Graduate Programs in Education.

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).

Transcripts can be sent by email to gradtranscripts@ucalgary.ca or by mail to the following address: 

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Earth Sciences, 1010
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 
T2N 1N4

Please note that email transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution's transcript office (i.e., not from the applicant, a faculty member, or any other individual). Hard copy transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution.

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.


References
Required for Graduate Certificate (Step 1) applicants.

Two (2) references are required for students applying to the Graduate Certificate (Step 1). 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 may be academic or professional.

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.

Graduate Diploma (Step 2) applicants are not required to submit references.

Master of Education - Educational Research Topic (Step 3) applicants are not required to submit references.

Statement of Intent
Required of all applicants.

Applicants must submit a written statement of intent as part of the online application form. Your statement of intent should indicate your reasons for pursuing a graduate program with Graduate Programs in Education. We suggest a length of 300 words for your statement.

Your statement of intent should address the following: 

  • Please identify your reasons for applying to this graduate program.
  • Please outline the particular topics or questions that you plan to pursue in your specialization.
  • In what way is this program related to your desired career path or employment objectives?

Hard copy statements of intent or additional information (such as a CV/résumé) are not accepted as part of the application package.

Admitted students will receive registration information from their Graduate Program Advisor after they have received their offer of admission.

Fees are outlined in the University of Calgary calendar.

Program Checklist

At the beginning of program:

  • Activate your University of Calgary IT computing account that comes with a UofC email. We strongly encourage you to use this email while in program. Before you start utilizing your UofC email, update your email address in the Student Centre, as well as email it to your Graduate Program Administrator (see your Admission Letter for contact information). Please include your full name, UCID number, program, and specialization in your message.
  • Attend one of the scheduled Virtual Welcome Sessions.
  • Attend one of the scheduled Student Orientations to Course Delivery Modes/Tools.
  • Initialize your registration through your Student Centre.
  • Register for your courses.

Program Forms

There are various forms related to a student’s progress through his/her 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.


Specializations & Academic Expertise

Werklund School of Education academics are committed to developing new ideas and insights that address local, national and international challenges, while also nurturing new generations of visionary thinkers. They apply their teaching and research expertise to the following seven academic disciplines.