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Educational Studies (MA)

Master of Arts (MA)

Program overview

The MA in Educational Studies focuses on alternative possibilities in education, with a strong commitment to social justice and putting theory into practice. Drawing from disciplines like sociology, philosophy, anthropology and adult education, the program combines critical theory with an international approach. As a student in our program, you will develop a diverse set of research skills that allow you to analyze complex educational problems with insight and depth. You will graduate able to influence policy and practice in a variety of educational settings. A wide variety of funded research projects are underway, ranging from fighting hate speech and radicalization to developing innovative software for cooperative learning. Our researchers will help you identify your research interests and support you through the completion of your final project. Graduates can either continue their studies or pursue a variety of exciting opportunities in non-profit and educational fields.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average) with an appropriate concentration in a field of study relevant to Educational Studies.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Education Courses page for course descriptions.

Educational Studies MA (45 credits)

Educational Studies MA with Thesis

Educational Studies MA with Directed Study

Educational Studies MA with Thesis


credits minimum of Core Courses:

  ESTU 601 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research (3.00)
  ESTU 611 Philosophical Perspectives in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 612 Historical Perspectives in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 613 Anthropological Concepts and Methods in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 614 Social Psychological Foundations of Education (3.00)
  ESTU 615 Introduction to Research in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 635 Studies in Educational Change (3.00)
  ESTU 644 School and Society (3.00)
  ESTU 670 Adult Education as a Field of Study (3.00)

18credits of Elective Courses


  ESTU 690 Thesis and Tutorial (21.00)

Educational Studies MA with Directed Study


credits minimum of Core Courses chosen in consultation with an academic advisor:

  ESTU 601 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research (3.00)
  ESTU 611 Philosophical Perspectives in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 612 Historical Perspectives in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 613 Anthropological Concepts and Methods in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 614 Social Psychological Foundations of Education (3.00)
  ESTU 615 Introduction to Research in Education (3.00)
  ESTU 635 Studies in Educational Change (3.00)
  ESTU 644 School and Society (3.00)
  ESTU 670 Adult Education as a Field of Study (3.00)

21credits of Elective Courses


  ESTU 692 Directed Study (with Extended Essay or Research Project) (12.00)

Concentration in Adult Education

In either the thesis or directed study option, students may complete a concentration in Adult Education. As part of the required core courses, students must take ESTU 670 and three 3-credit courses chosen from Adult Education Courses .

Adult Education Courses


credits chosen from:

  ESTU 671 Adults as Learners (3.00)
  ESTU 672 Facilitating Adult Learning (3.00)
  ESTU 673 Administration of Adult Education Programs (3.00)
  ESTU 674 Evaluating Adult Learning Projects (3.00)
  ESTU 675 Concepts and Values in Adult Education (3.00)
  ETEC 676 Human Resources Development (3.00)
  ESTU 677 Adult Education II - Selected Topics (3.00)

You may choose one of two options.

In either Option A or B students may complete a concentration in Adult Education.

Prior to applying, please email us to request the Educational Studies program booklet.

Your completed application will include:

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures. 

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Courses typically offered include:

  • Studies in Educational Change
  • School and Society
  • Anthropological Concepts and Methods in Education: Qualitative research methods
  • Philosophical Issues in Educational Research
  • Introduction to the Field of Adult Education in Québec and Canada

Consult the graduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.

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.

Please also consult Concordia’s graduate funding page and Financial Aid and Awards.

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
  • democratic education
  • gender and education
  • literacy in comparative and international perspectives
  • comparative, international, global and cosmopolitan education
  • political education
  • educational Policy
  • philosophy of education
  • sociology of education

Review an inspiring list of thesis topics.

Many of our graduate students have gone on to be published in a multitude of distinguished journals, including:

  • Adult Learning
  • the Canadian Journal for the Studies in Adult Education
  • the Canadian Journal of Communication
  • the International Journal of Comparative Development
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  • the International Review of Education

The Department of Education Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Association (DOEIGSA) supports initiatives that encourage student well-being in the department and the university at large. The DOEIGSA aims to engage students in social issues, inside and outside the university, which are pertinent to 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. 

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