The MA in Educational Studies (ESTU) focuses on education for alternative possibilities, with a strong commitment to social justice, critical reflection, and putting theory to work in the world. Drawing from disciplines like sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and history, an emphasis on critical theoretical approaches is combined with a policy analysis component as well as a significant international orientation. You have the opportunity to develop a diverse set of research skills with a particular emphasis on the qualitative research skills necessary to analyze complex educational problems with insight and depth. You will leave the program well-positioned to become critical professionals who are equipped to influence policy and practice in a variety of educational settings. In addition, students applying to the MA in Educational Studies may select an Adult Education concentration option.
Our faculty members have published in a multitude of prestigious journals, such as the International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies, Comparative Education Review, and Education and Society. They have also held editorial positions in several national and international journals most recently in the leading Philosophical Inquiry inEducation (PIE), published by the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society. Authors of multiple books and invited speakers at conferences around the world, our researchers have served as chairs for various societies and symposiums, and received the highest honours from various disciplinary associations.
Join a diverse student body, originating from Québec, Canada and internationally, that is comprised of working professionals, educators and administrators in public and private schools, business and advertising managers and nurse educators among others. Many of these students continue to obtain their doctoral degrees after the completion of the program. The diversity of our students and faculty guarantees an interdisciplinary and enormously rich experiential context in which to study towards an MA degree.
Admission Requirements. For entry into the program, a first degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average) is required with an appropriate concentration in a field of study relevant to Educational Studies. The applicant should also have a minimum of two years professional activity in education or an undergraduate record which includes at least three courses in education, each with a grade of B or better. Qualified applicants who fail to meet the criteria outlined may be required to take up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to the regular graduate program, or, as appropriate, a qualifying program. (See section on Qualifying Students).
Language Requirement. For students whose first language is neither English or French, a test of English language proficiency is required prior to admission. To fulfill this requirement, the student must provide one of the following: 1) TOEFL iBT results of 90+; 2) TOEFL PBT result of 577+ with a writing score of 5.0+; 3) an IELTS score of 7+; or, 4) proof that the student has achieved the level of Concordia’s English 212 course (testing is available through Concordia University’s English Department—please contact that Department for further details).
*Fall: Late applications may be considered until April 30.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Teaching assistantships are available and awarded to students on a competitive basis. Research assistant positions also exist for funded research but cannot be guaranteed. Individual faculty members determine if work opportunities are available based on their own research initiatives.
A number of prestigious departmental awards are available for graduate students, valued between $500 and $1,500. Students presenting their research at academic conferences are also eligible to receive conference travel funding.
Other awards available through the Faculty of Arts and Science include:
Concordia Merit Scholarship
Concordia University Graduate Fellowship
Hydro-Quebec Graduate Award
John W. O'Brien Graduate Fellowship
Clara Strozyk Scholarship
Out-of-Province Fee Remission Awards
Conference Travel Awards
Consideration for Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students.
Our faculty members are a diverse group of educators committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. They are well known for their strong research profiles that inform their teaching and afford graduate students the opportunity to work on cutting edge research.
Faculty research interests include:
adult education and lifelong and lifewide learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings
gender and education
literacy in comparative and international perspectives
comparative, international, global and cosmopolitan education
The Graduate Symposium in the Department of Education (GSDE) is an annual event that invites students across Canada to present their research. The GSDE is a student-run conference and offers you the opportunity to learn more about presenting at an academic conference, grant applications and event planning.
Our alumni are highly sought after by CEGEPS, education start-ups, school boards, universities, international development NGOs, youth violence prevention, human rights, social justice organizations and missions, banks and telecommunication and pharmaceutical companies as well as many government departments. Recent graduates can be found working in different capacities at Concordia, UQÀM, at Dawson College, George Brown College in Toronto, King Saud University, McGill University, Mount Allison University, the University of Toronto, University of Victoria, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, as well as in elementary and high schools across Quebec, Canada and the USA.
Alumni from the program hold national and international awards and prizes including the Order of Canada and have founded award winning companies such as The Hannon Group. It is one of the largest African American women-owned public relations firms based in National Harbor, Maryland, USA [latest being the Award of Excellence at the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) 2016 Silver Anvil Awards Ceremony in June].
Students are also well placed to continue in the field by pursuing doctoral studies. Our alumni are currently completing doctoral research at several universities, including: Concordia, McGill, Université de Montréal, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto, Queen’s and York.