Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Master of Education (MEd)

Working with our outstanding researchers and experts in education, you will develop innovative research, writing, teaching and leadership skills. Our MEd program gives you the flexibility to choose your research focus. We offer a diverse range of courses and connect you with a supervisor who will guide you through your research journey.

What to Expect

  • Flexible degree pathways: Choose a research-based thesis (6 courses + thesis) or practice-driven project (8 courses + project).
  • Timetable that fits your life: Choose from full-time study or part-time study options. 
  • Courses that interest you: Our courses are seminar style and consist of 36 instructional hours. To view our courses, visit the School of Graduate Studies calendar.
  • Support and guidance: You will be provided with an academic program advisor to support your progress and success in the program.
  • Engage with new communities: Check out our optional internship opportunity that helps you gain experience with new communities of practice and enhance your skills through field application.
  • Study abroad: In your first year, you can switch to our Master of Education Dual Degree program and study in China.
  • Gain Teaching and Research Experience: Many of our graduate students have the opportunity to teach within our Bachelor of Education programs and gain experience and funding in the process.
  • Join an Active Research Community: As part of your MEd, you will be immersed within an active research community with opportunities to work in research groups and attend academic conferences (some funding for conferences provided if presenting)

Personalized Research Focus

Our MEd program gives you the flexibility to choose your research focus. Our program does not require you to select a concentration. Instead, we offer a diverse range of courses and connect you with a program advisor to design a program meet your specific research interests. Your advisor will help you find a supervisor to support the completion of your Master's thesis or project.

M.Ed. students studying outdoors

Our Research Community

Our Faculty brings together diverse perspectives on education, fostering multidisciplinary expertise with an active collaborative research community. Our research leads to new knowledge and understandings of teaching and learning, and progressive changes in educational policies and practices. As a researcher in our community, you will have opportunities to engage in outreach initiatives in the community and in local, national and international partnerships.

Build Professional Experience

The majority of our graduate students have an opportunity to work as a paid Teaching Assistant and/or a Research Assistant, providing excellent opportunities for career development during their graduate studies.

You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional professional internship as part of your degree. The internship opportunity, which normally takes place outside the university campus, will provide you with an authentic work experience opportunity and experiential learning. The internships can be in a variety of research, teaching or professional contexts to provide you with practical learning that directly relates to your program of study.

We also encourage our graduate students to build their professional networks by engaging with the larger academic community by presenting work at conferences such as the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Some funding for conference travel is provided.

Master Student presenting at the 3 minute thesis competition

Application Information

Completed applications (including submission of transcripts and references) are due by January 15, 2021.

Full-time students are normally considered for September admission. A new application and non-refundable application fee are required if the applicant for September 2021 is accepted, but requests to begin the program in July 2021 instead.

Part-time students may begin their program in September, January or July. Note that part-time applicants who choose to apply for July 2021 admission are applying to the last term of the 2020/2021 academic year. A new application and non-refundable application fee are required if the applicant for July 2021 is accepted but requests to begin the program in September 2021 instead.

Late Applications

Late applications will be accepted from domestic applicants until April 15, 2021, including the submission of all supporting documentation, for the 2021/2022 academic year. This extension does not apply to international applicants.

Admission Requirements
  • Professional experience, a B.Ed. degree or its equivalent, and a minimum of a B- (70-72.9%) 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 (73-76.9%) average in a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent 

Special Admission Requirements

Applicants who do not have professional teaching experience or a B.Ed. degree, but who have a record of high academic achievement (80% or higher) in an Honours Degree or its equivalent as well as demonstrated exceptional ability to undertake research, are also encouraged to apply. A maximum of five full-time students may qualify for special admissions annually.

Prior to admission, applicants in this category must present courses that constitute preparation for research in education and, in Pattern I (thesis route), they must develop a program of study with a member of Graduate Faculty.

The program of study may require more than the normal 10 half-courses, and may include courses from other Faculty programs. The program of study must be approved by the Faculty's Graduate Studies and Research Committee before the application can be approved.

For additional information on language requirements and how to apply, please see queensu.ca/sgs/prospective-students/how-apply

Contact Us

Do you have any questions or need more information? Contact our office:

Graduate Studies and Research Office
Room A106
Tel (613) 533-6206