Printer-friendly > Education > Programs > Graduate Programs

MEd, MA

EDUCATION

Participate in an intellectual community designed to promote critical and creative thinking about contemporary educational issues.

Graduate Degrees

Program Components Duration
MEd Coursework and capstone project
24-36 months
MA
Coursework and thesis
24-36 months

Graduate Studies in Education offers educators the opportunity to develop specialized areas of interest and integrate their practice within a framework of research and inquiry. Programs are designed for classroom teachers, subject-area coordinators, educational administrators and educational researchers in non-school settings.

Graduate students work together with their supervisors to design programs that uniquely meet their interests and goals by choosing courses that cut across our four themes of study: Curriculum, Digital Learning, Diversity, and Educational Leadership and Policy. 

The MEd and MA degrees each provide students with theoretical, practical and analytical expertise, as well as a place in a community of scholar-practitioners dedicated to the study and pursuit of lifelong learning.  

Students enrolled in the MEd degree will develop valuable skills and gain experience necessary to work in a professional field in an education environment. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government, higher education, school administration and education consultation.

Designed primarily for professionals in the field, this program can be completed on a part-time basis over two academic years, including summer sessions, through a combination of campus-based and online coursework culminating in a capstone project under the mentorship of a faculty supervisor.

Formal milestones for the program include: developing a unique program of study; working closely with faculty members; and preparing and presenting a capstone project. The MEd degree requires completion of 9 credits of core courses: CUST 562, EDUC 500, and EDUC 521; 15 credits from one or more thematic areas (may also include EDUC 501); EDUC 598 (3 credits); and 3 credits of an approved elective.

The Master of Arts in Education (MA) degree is designed primarily for educators who wish to develop their expertise as educational researchers in addition to their interest in a thematic area of study. The MA degree is designed specifically as a research degree, with students required to carry out and complete an independent research project (master’s thesis). Completion of a master’s thesis is viewed as a prerequisite for the pursuit of doctoral studies in most institutions.

Students must complete 9 credits of core courses: CUST 562, EDUC 500 and EDUC 521; 15 credits from one or more thematic areas (may also include EDUC 501 or alternate course as approved by the Director of Graduate Programs in Education); and a thesis (EDUC 599).

Related Programs


Research & Supervisors

Graduate students can pursue research in the following thematic areas:

  • Studies in Curriculum
  • Studies in Digital Learning
  • Studies in Diversity
  • Studies in Educational Leadership and Policy

Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to a potential faculty supervisor before beginning the application process. We invite you to discuss your research interests and career goals with us, and we are happy to share our excitement about what we study and teach.

 
Peter Arthur  | peter.arthur@ubc.ca | 250-807-9207
Research interests: Curriculum development, instructional design, learning technology, teaching and learning in higher education, metacognition, growth mindset and grit.
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Neuroscience
Philip Balcaen | philip.balcaen@ubc.ca | 250.807.8530
Research interests: International education, mathematics and science education, school-university collaboration, critical thinking, e-learning communities.
  • Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Biology
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
Stephen Berg | stephen.berg@ubc.ca | 250-807-9682
Research interests: Physical education, health education, early learning, preservice teacher education, children’s physical activity, and action research.
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Microbiology
John-Tyler Binfet | johntyler.binfet@ubc.ca | 250-807-8420
Research interests: Perceptions of school kindness, social and emotional learning, homesickness, stress reduction in university students, and animal-assisted therapy (particularly canine).
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Conservation Biology
Catherine Broom | catherine.broom@ubc.ca | 250.807.8768
Research interests: Social studies methods, ecological education, history and philosophies, culture and education, history of education and curriculum, alternative and holistic educational practices.
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biochemistry
Robert Campbell | robert.campbell@ubc.ca | 250.807.9170
Research interests: Educational technology, instructional design, curriculum development, technology innovation, integration.
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
Sabre Cherkowski | sabre.cherkowski@ubc.ca | 250.807.9520
Research interests: Organizational well-being, mindful leadership, teacher leadership, professional development, learning communities, reflective practice, moral agency, diversity and inclusion in education.
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Microbiology
Scott Douglas | scott.douglas@ubc.ca | 250.807.9277
Research interests: Teaching English as an additional language (TEAL), inquiry into the lexical demands of post-secondary studies in English, vocabulary, teaching and learning, academic writing, teaching and assessment, English language proficiency testing, and English for academic purposes and materials design.
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Conservation Biology
Wendy Klassen | wendy.klassen@ubc.ca | 250.807.8106
Research interests: Mathematics education, problem solving, critical thinking, teaching and learning, assessment, mentoring and reciprocal learning teams.
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
Margaret Macintyre Latta | margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca | 250.807.8119
Research interests: Fostering Pedagogical Relationships, Seeing and Acting on Innovation’s Renewing Potential—The Fecundity of Genuine Learning Contexts
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Neuroscience
Christopher Martin  | christopher.martin@ubc.ca | 250.807.8427
Research interests: Philosophy in education, educational policy, moral education, moral and political philosophy, critical theory: the humanities in medical education, ethics education.
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Microbiology
Karen Ragoonaden | karen.ragoonaden@ubc.ca | 250.807.8113
Research interests: French education, Aboriginal education, education and diversity, conceptions of teaching and learning, mindful educational practices
  • Ecology and Evolution
Leyton Schnellert | leyton.schnellert@ubc.ca | 250.807.8654
Research interests: How teacher professional development relates to student diversity, inclusive education, self- and co-regulation, and literacy instruction
  • Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
Greg Wetterstrand | greg.wetterstrand@ubc.ca | 250.807.8110
Research interests: Educational drama, curriculum theory, social and cultural issues, health and career education, and drama in English language arts education.
  • Neuroscience
Asst. Prof. Stephen Berg
Teaching and learning about health in schools and at home
Asst. Prof. Scott Douglas
The role community engagement can play in language learning

Students & Theses

Meet Our Students

Graduate students in Education are immersed in intimate, cohort-based learning and benefit from a rich, caring and supportive community of education scholars.

Follow the Faculty of Education's student activities, events and initiatives on Facebook.

Theses and Dissertations

Search all UBC Okanagan Faculty of Education student publications at cIRcle, the University's digital repository for research and teaching materials.

Tian Li, MA Student
How critical thinking and integration work in tandem
Kelly Hanson, PhD Student
“I love what I do and joy is contagious.”

Admission Requirements

Note: Students who feel that they might, at some future date, be interested in enrolling in a doctoral program are advised to follow the MA route rather than the MEd route.

Master of Education Applicants (MEd)

Applicants to the MEd program normally hold a bachelor’s degree in Education or related field, with a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76-79%) in third- and fourth-year courses, academic standing with at least 12 credits of third-or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience to offset such deficiencies, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Programs in Education.

Additionally, the Faculty of Education normally requires that applicants have at least two years of teaching experience. All applicants must submit a statement of intent (approximately 250-400 words) clearly outlining their areas of interest and focus for study with their applications.

Master of Arts in Education Applicants (MA)

Applicants to the MA program must have a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76-79%) in third- and fourth-year courses, academic standing with at least 12 credits of third-or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent. Background training and previous experience must be sufficient to demonstrate ability or potential for advanced research in the chosen field.

The MA is designed for those students who, in addition to their interest in a thematic area of study, wish to develop their expertise as educational researchers.

Additionally, the Faculty of Education normally requires that applicants have at least two years of teaching experience. All applicants must submit a statement of intent (approx. 250-400 words) clearly outlining their areas of interest and focus for study with their applications.

In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Education Graduate Program Committee and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Master of Education Applicants (MEd)

Applicants to the MEd program normally hold a bachelor’s degree in Education or related field, with a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76-79%) in third- and fourth-year courses, academic standing with at least 12 credits of third-or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience to offset such deficiencies, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Programs in Education.

Additionally, the Faculty of Education normally requires that applicants have at least two years of teaching experience. All applicants must submit a statement of intent (approximately 250-400 words) clearly outlining their areas of interest and focus for study with their applications.

Specific minimum admission requirements for graduates of different countries may be found in the International Student Evaluation Manual.

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must apply for a study permit (student visa) to enter Canada. Applications can be made through any Canadian Consulate or High Commission.

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.  Minimum acceptable English language proficiency tests are as follows:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 550 (paper version); 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version);
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no individual score less than 6.0; or
  • MELAB: minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

Master of Arts in Education Applicants (MA)

Applicants to the MA program must have a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76-79%) in third- and fourth-year courses, academic standing with at least 12 credits of third-or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent. Background training and previous experience must be sufficient to demonstrate ability or potential for advanced research in the chosen field.

The MA is designed for those students who, in addition to their interest in a thematic area of study, wish to develop their expertise as educational researchers.

Additionally, the Faculty of Education normally requires that applicants have at least two years of teaching experience. All applicants must submit a statement of intent (approx. 250-400 words) clearly outlining their areas of interest and focus for study with their applications.

In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Education Graduate Program Committee and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Specific minimum admission requirements for graduates of different countries may be found in the International Student Evaluation Manual.

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must apply for a study permit (student visa) to enter Canada. Applications can be made through any Canadian Consulate or High Commission.

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.  Minimum acceptable English language proficiency tests are as follows:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 550 (paper version); 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version);
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no individual score less than 6.0; or
  • MELAB: minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide—a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Visit the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.


Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MA Full-time $6,864.99 $8,435.94
MA Part-time $4,126.86 $4,755.57
MEd Full-time $6,864.99 $10,937.79
MEd Part-time $4,126.86 $4,755.57

Tuition is paid three times a year (September, January and May), on the first day of each term, as per the Academic Calendar: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term.

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for detailed tuition and fee information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct. 

Graduate students are supported financially through a combination of internal and external funding sources, which might include: Scholarship and Fellowship Awards and Research Assistantships (RA). It is best to speak with your potential supervisor about funding opportunities that are generally available to Education graduate students.

Students are expected to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships if they are eligible, and to actively pursue financial opportunities at their discretion. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarships.

Note: Limited funding is available on a highly competitive basis for full-time MA students only.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RA) are employment opportunities for qualified students offered by faculty members with research grants and contracts. As a paid research assistant, graduate students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis or dissertation. Graduate students are encouraged to explore potential research assistantships with their graduate supervisor. Please note: RAs are not guaranteed because they follow the financial cycles of the supervisor’s external grants and contracts.

Scholarships & Awards

Vicki Green Graduate Award: Endowed by Dr. Vicki Green, Professor Emeritus, this $2,100 award is offered to a graduate student studying issues in social, economic, ecological, environmental and/or political sustainability. See more about the Vicki Green Graduate Award.

UBC Awards: The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards.

External Awards: All prospective graduate students (Domestic and International) should explore and apply for external awards and fellowships, including awards offered by Canada’s three research councils: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations, private companies or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority).


How to Apply

Find a Supervisor

Please see Research & Supervisors before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as satisfying program-specific criteria.

A complete application package will contain:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae or resumé
  • Three reference letters

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application at least two months in advance of published deadlines. For full consideration, students must apply by the following dates:

Intake Apply Before
All applicants
September January 31
January June 2
May October 1

UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Education graduate program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a closely-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

UBC Okanagan is situated near the northern border of the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow a business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university's respect for sustainability

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

* Best viewed using Chrome or Firefox (desktop), YouTube app (mobile)

Full-time UBC Okanagan graduate students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about Important Dates for living on campus, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vacancies in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

* UBC does not verify or endorse information shared on this third-party website, which is offered here as a public resource only.

Join the club! Make friends with similar interests, compare notes, and organize and participate in academic and recreational events via the Faculty of Education’s Facebook community.

There are orientation events for all graduate students, including the College of Graduate Studies' incoming graduate student orientation and Create, a campus-wide orientation for all new students.

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days a week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The Aboriginal Centre is a home away from home for all Aboriginal students by providing a sense of belonging and community, a place to catch up, wind down, make lunch, share opportunities and celebrate success.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library's Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

Careers and Occupations

With an MEd or MA in Education from the University of British Columbia, graduates are well-positioned to thrive in a variety of occupations, such as:

  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Alumni Relations
  • Athletic coach
  • Child Life Specialist
  • College Instructor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Corporate Trainer/Developer
  • Curriculum Developer
  • District Program Administrator
  • Education Management
  • Education Materials Sales
  • Educational Consultant
  • Educational Resource
  • Educational Therapist
  • English as a Second Language teacher (ESL)
  • Grant Writer
  • Higher Education instructor
  • Media Centre Specialist
  • Principal
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Program Recruiter
  • SEO Content Writer
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Superintendent
  • Tutor

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The 'Your Next Step' program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.

Inquire

Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta
Director of Graduate Programs
250.807.8119
margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca

Lindsay Cox
Assistant to the Director of Graduate Programs and Research
250.807.8203
lindsay.cox@ubc.ca

Last reviewed shim11/6/2017 11:18:49 AM