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Graduate Studies

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Graduate Studies

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Education (Research: Master's & Doctorate)

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"I feel incredibly fortunate to be a Master’s candidate and incoming PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. My graduate student experience has far exceeded my expectations because of my involvement as a Research and Teaching Assistant outside of my coursework and thesis. With encouragement and support from my supervisor, Dr. Don Klinger, and faculty mentors, I have successfully obtained Federal research funding at both the Master’s and Doctoral level. I am confident that my coursework, research, teaching, and community involvement experiences will provide the foundations I need to have great career options in academia or other related fields of research and practice.””

Jessica V. Rich, M.Ed. Candidate (2015); Incoming PhD Student, Measurement, Assessment, Policy, Leadership and Assessment (MAPLE)

Program Contact

Graduate Assistant
Graduate Studies & Research
Faculty of Education
Duncan McArthur Hall; Room A106
511 Union Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6206
E-mail M.Ed: educmed@queensu.ca
E-mail M.Ed (AWIES): pmeda@queensu.ca
E-mail PhD: edphd@queensu.ca
Website: http://educ.queensu.ca/study


Program Overview

Our Master’s and Ph.D. programs are designed for university graduates interested in conducting research & completing courses in education. They develop leadership abilities, including critical reflection, research and writing. As our scholarly community values growth and personal development, our students have many opportunities to research meaningful topics and present findings to an audience of peers.

  • Our Master’s program is full-time or part-time and 2 degree patterns are offered: thesis or project.
  • Our Master of Education Aboriginal & World Indigenous Educational Studies (AWIES) is a part-time blended (on-line and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities.
  • Our doctoral program is a full-time, four-year, on-campus program with three terms per year.

Please also see "Professional, Online: Diploma & Master's


By keeping our class sizes small, we guarantee you access to the kind of individual attention and one-on-one mentoring that will help you develop both personally and professionally. Our annual Graduate Student Symposium – organized by students for students – attracts student presenters from across Canada, with publication opportunities for all presenters.

Career paths – employment opportunities

While our graduate programs attract many teachers and education administrators, they also draw professionals from other sectors. Professionals who have education and leadership responsibilities and wish to improve their research and leadership skills come to the program from sectors such as health sciences, engineering, business, social services and the military

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M. Ed.: full time or part time, minimum 18 months. Online diploma and Masters.

M.Ed. in Aboriginal & World Indigenous Educational Studies (AWIES ): part time, online except for the first summer, minimum 2 years.

Ph.D.: full time, minimum 3 years

Method of Completion

M.Ed.: Pattern 1: Six half-courses, thesis + defence

M.Ed.: Pattern 2: Eight half-courses + project

Ph.D.: Two years course work, comprehensive examination, thesis + defence

Fields of Study and Supervisors

Contacting a potential supervisor in advance is optional for Master’s students and required for Ph.D. students. The following fields are available at the doctoral level.

Curriculum Theorizing – Curriculum theorizing is an inquiry into the social, contextual, and historical facets of teaching and learning. This field extends beyond teaching disciplines and formalized curriculum mandates to explore the conditions that influence the practices of teaching and emergence of learning. Curriculum theorizing scholars are engaged in curriculum research across a variety of teaching and learning contexts, both school based and non-school-based, and across the life span.

Educational Studies – This field affords doctoral students the opportunity to work with faculty who are experts in subject disciplines (e.g. Mathematics, History or English education) or  educational Foundations (e.g. Educational Philosophy, Social Contexts).

Literacy and Cognition – This field concerns educational psychology. Current research foci of the researchers involved include learning and development, motivation, social cognition, individual differences in ability, health-related issues, and cognitive processes in learning.

Literacy Education – This field addresses learners’ reading and writing, both in first and subsequent languages. It has components in education psychology, curriculum, and language assessment. Research foci include cognitive processes in reading, reading development, and writing.

Measurement, Assessment, Policy, Leadership and Evaluation (MA PLE) – There is a critical need for educational policy and decision making to be evidence informed. MAPLE represents faculty members who focus on applied inquiry and research related to student, professional and organizational learning and capacity building. More specifically, we are concerned with the measurement of educational outcomes; student growth, assessment and achievement; policy studies and policy making; leadership and governance, knowledge translation and mobilization; collaborative inquiry; and program evaluation for development, improvement, accountability and decision making. Our work explores the meaning of individual, group, classroom, school and system level data as these are interpreted within political, organizational and cultural contexts in Canada and internationally.

Special Education – This field concerns the application of psychological principles to the education of learners with exceptional needs in inclusive settings. Current research foci of the researchers involved include learning disabilities/dyslexia, mathematical disabilities/dyscalculia, and creating appropriate contexts for learners with special education needs.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Ed.: Up to $6,000 per year made up of provincial or national fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, or awards and bursaries.

Ph.D.: Minimum $18,000. The average funding level over the last four years has been $23,000 per year.

We strongly urge all students to apply for external funding from SSHRC, OGS, CGS and other sources. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a top-up of $5000 (Masters), $7500 (PhD - will be increased to $10,000 for the 2016/17 academic year) award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites


  • Professional experience, a B.Ed. degree or its equivalent, and a minimum of a B- average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or
  • Two years professional or industrial experience, and a minimum of a B- average in a Bachelor’s Honours degree or its equivalent, or
  • B.Ed. degree, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

M.Ed. (AWIES):

  • In addition to the above, applicants must demonstrate professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or related field. Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree and a B.Ed. degree or a Honours degree, may be considered for admission if they have a minimum of a mid B average in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and can demonstrate significant professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or related field.


  • Master’s degree in Education or a related discipline with first-class standing from a recognized university
  • Professional experience in education or a related field is an asset

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum score of 92.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadlines M.Ed. and Ph.D. (on campus program): January 15th

Application Deadline M.Ed. (AWIES): March 1st (or until full). AWIES is a blended program, the first summer (July) is on-campus and the balance of the program is offered online.

Program Start Dates: full-time M.Ed & Ph.D. in September; part-time M.Ed. in September, January, and July; M.Ed. AWIES in July.

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones