Master of Education vs. Master of Arts in Education

Explore what you are passionate about while weaving in your own knowledge and interests throughout your courses. A versatile degree for professionals, a Master of Education or Master of Arts in Education can expand your critical and creative thinking while advancing your career.

Our students work with their supervisors to plan a program that meets their interests and goals by choosing from a variety of courses offered in various areas of study such as, Curriculum, Digital Learning, Diversity, and Educational Leadership and Policy.

A few additional benefits of pursuing a graduate degree may include gaining specialized knowledge to advance in your field, enhancing your community connections, increasing career opportunities or a TQS category upgrade for educators.

Graduate courses are scheduled to be flexible, with classes offered on-campus* and online on Saturdays, weeknights and during the summer months. The programs are typically completed over two to three academic years, including summer sessions.

Contact Lindsay Cox, Graduate Programs Assistant, at to discuss options for pursuing your degree online.

Master of Education (MEd)

Designed for working professionals in the field, our MEd courses typically take place in the evenings, weekends and summer months.

Students will gain valuable inquiry skills while fostering personal and professional development throughout their coursework. MEd students will showcase their understanding by completing a final project known as a Capstone Project. The Capstone offers an opportunity for deep reflection on the research literature in relation to a particular inquiry question or interest area.

This program is typically completed on a part-time basis over two to three academic years, including summer sessions.

Meet our Students

Cultivating community starts at the top. Read how International Student Advisor, Danai Bélanger, strives to make UBCO’s campus welcoming to all. Read more. Laura Wyllie is leading the charge on changing perceptions of art. Through the knowledge gained during her MEd program, Wyllie increased school tours to the art gallery by 55 per cent. Read more.


Master of Arts in Education (MA)

Our MA is for those who wish to develop their expertise as researchers in addition to furthering their knowledge through offered coursework. In a MA, students are required to carry out and defend an independent research project.

This program is typically completed in two academic years on a full-time basis. If you wish to enroll on a part-time basis, the degree would typically take three years complete. If you think you might be interested in enrolling in a PhD program toward an academic career in the future, the MA might be a good option for you.

Meet our Students

Tian Li, MA alumna, explored how critical thinking and integration work in tandem. She hopes her research will provide more insight into more effect ways to support English language learners within different subject areas. Read more. Dogs put the fun into learning vital social skills, says a study by MA alumna, Nicole Harris. Harris explored how children reacted while participating in a social skill-training program with therapy dogs. Read more.

View Admissions Requirements, Deadlines and more on our Graduate Programs webpage.


*Currently due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, the majority of classes are online until further notice.