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Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Administration and Leadership (Educational Policy Studies)




What will I learn?

This specialization provides advanced study for Canadian and International candidates in preparation for a broad range of administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in public and non-government sectors, and in K-12 and post-secondary education institutions in Canada and world-wide.

Program Requirements:

In addition to the department core courses (?6), students must complete specialization core courses and optional courses for a total of ?33 for course-based programs, or ?24 for thesis-based programs.

Department core courses (?6):

EDPS 580 - Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspectives on Policy and Practice

EDPS 581 - Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research

Specialization core courses (?6):

EDPS 511 - Leadership Theories and their Application to Educational Organizations

EDPS 512 - Organizational Theory and Education

Specialization electives (Course-based programs require ?9; Thesis-based programs require ?6):

*These courses are to be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor/advisor or the Graduate Coordinator.

EDPS 501 - Courses proposed and taught by EDAL faculty (only applicable to 501s offered from Fall 2020 onward)

EDPS 501 - First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education for School Leaders

EDPS 501 - Parent/Caregiver Participation in Schooling

EDPS 501 - School Leadership and Supporting Diverse Learners

EDPS 509 - Research Data Collection and Analysis

EDPS 513 - Educational Policy and Reform

EDPS 514

EDPS 531 - Supporting Educator Professional Growth

EDPS 541 - Change and Innovation in Education

EDPS 547 - Leadership and Social Justice

EDPS 548 - Global Governance and Issues in Educational Administration and Leadership

EDPS 553 - Legal Aspects of Educational Administration

EDPS 595 - The School Principal ship: Seminars and Simulations

Course-based Programs:

In addition to the department core courses (?6), specialization core courses (?6) and specialization electives (?9), students in the course-based program are required to complete the following:

Coursework (?12):

Minimum of four ?3500-level and above courses taken from across the department or faculty, chosen in consultation with the supervisor or program advisor.

Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior approval by their advisor/supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. Students must have already completed at least one course (?3) in their program in order to receive permission. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.

Capping Exercise (?3):

EDPS 900 - Directed Research Project

Thesis-based Program:

In addition to the department core courses (?6), specialization core courses (?6) and specialization electives (?6), students in the thesis-based program are required to complete the following:


Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a thesis-based Master of Education shall present a thesis embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor.

Length of Program:

The maximum time to complete the course-based MEd program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MEd program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (Thesis-based degree: Four years; Course-based: Six years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,874.00 (US$ 6,476) per year
Thesis-Based yearly fee: CAN $8,874; Course-Based fee: CAN $1,901.52 per 3 credit course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 October 2023

Start date

Expected January 2024


University of Alberta

North Campus,

116 Street and 85 Avenue,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2R3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each test band; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

For international students

The Department's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

English Language Proficiency

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 93 (Internet-based) with a minimum of 24 on the speaking and writing bands of the test, or equivalent. (FGSR's minimum for the reading and listening bands of the TOEFL test is 21.)
  • a minimum score of 70 on the CAEL exam
  • a minimum of 7.0 on each band on the IELTS with an overall minimum score of 7.0,
  • a minimum score of 63 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).


Master of Education programs: There are two application deadlines for M.Ed. admissions: October 1st and March 1st.


About University of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta has an international reputation for academic excellence.

  • Ranked among top 100 universities in the world (CWUR, 2021)
  • 18 faculties, offering more than 200 undergraduate programs
  • Students from over 150 countries
  • 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019)

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