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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
1 year
30 credits
Start term
Experiential learning

Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Adult Education is designed to enhance the practice of adult education (Andragogy) through a study of the theories and techniques available to adult educators. The program is well-suited to mature students who wish to return to graduate level studies after a hiatus and to those who plan on doing a Master's in Educational Studies. You may specialize in an area of your choosing by selecting courses which reflect your professional interests. Students enrolled in the program include school administrators, business managers and nursing educators, among many other professions.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Education Courses page for course descriptions.

Adult Education Graduate Diploma (30 credits)


credits chosen from:

ADIP 500 Adult Education in Québec as a Field of Study (3.00)
ADIP 585 Integrative Internship I (3.00)
ADIP 586 Integrative Internship II (3.00)


credits chosen from:

ADIP 501 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research (3.00)
ADIP 511 Educational Problems in Philosophical Perspective (3.00)
ADIP 512 Educational Problems in Historical Perspective (3.00)
ADIP 535 Studies in Educational Change (3.00)


credits chosen from:

ADIP 513 Anthropological Concepts and Methods in Education (3.00)
ADIP 514 Social Psychological Foundations of Education (3.00)
ADIP 515 Research Issues and Methodologies in Education (3.00)
ADIP 544 School and Society (3.00)


credits chosen from:

ADIP 510 Adult Education in Québec and Canada (3.00)
ADIP 520 Adults as Learners (3.00)
ADIP 530 Roles and Competencies of Adult Educators (3.00)
ADIP 533 Facilitating Adult Learning (3.00)
ADIP 540 Introduction to Research in Adult Education (3.00)
ADIP 541 Designing Adult Learning Projects (3.00)
ADIP 542 Evaluating Adult Learning Projects (3.00)
ADIP 550 Reflective Practice I (3.00)
ADIP 551 Introduction to Administration of Adult Education Programs (3.00)
ADIP 570 Workshops for Adult Educators (3.00)
ADIP 572 Concepts and Values in Adult Education (3.00)
ADIP 588 Advanced Topics in Adult Education (3.00)
ADIP 589 Advanced Topics in Adult Education (3.00)
ADIP 590 Issues in the Practice in Adult Education (3.00)
ADIP 597 Adult Education I - Selected Topics (3.00)
ADIP 598 Adult Education II - Selected Topics (3.00)


credits chosen from another graduate program in consultation with the graduate director or student advisor.

In special circumstances students may, in consultation with the graduate program director or student advisor, individualize their program of study within the standards set out by the School of Graduate Studies.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Active involvement in some area of adult education or the equivalent of one year’s experience in the field (e.g., as group leader, trainer, nurse educator, volunteer worker or administrator in an academic institution, business, industry, government or community organization).
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


December 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.


Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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