Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education

WISE is a progressive MEd program that allows you to pursue your research interests without leaving your community, family or job. The program is offered part-time blended (online and on-campus) for students with experience in Indigenous communities or World Indigenous issues. We welcome allyship and students with experience and/or demonstrated commitment to Indigenous truth, reconciliation and knowledge mobilization. The first summer of the program is on-campus at Queen's University and the remaining courses are online.


  • Part-time study only (the first July is normally face-to-face and the balance is online).
  • 2 degree patterns: 6 half-courses + thesis or 8 half-courses + project.
  • Each course consists of 36 instructional hours.
  • Students are assigned and interact regularly with an academic program advisor.
  • There are traditional opening and closing ceremonies during the on-campus portion as well as other activities and regular ceremonies throughout the year, such as practice of online sharing circles, visiting speakers, and other events through the Queen’s Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.
  • Program staff are available to assist you.
  • Students can expect to complete within 36 to 48 months of part-time study.
  • Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.
  • Students have access to our Elder-in-Residence who is available for support. 

WISE students, our Deans and faculty at the opening day July 2018

Fields of Study

There is only one field of study in this program which is World Indigenous Studies in Education.


Brief descriptions of the courses offered in the WISE program can be found in the School of Graduate Studies calendar.

All students are required to take EDUC-872* Educational Research in Aboriginal and Indigenous Contexts, and it is a prerequisite for the advanced research courses, i.e. EDUC-875*.

Application Deadline & Start Dates

We offer start dates for July and September each year.  Students beginning their program in July will be on-campus their first term.  Students beginning their program in September will be on-campus in July of their first year.  Complete applications (including supporting documentation) are due March 1 each year. 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Education WISE program, applicants must provide evidence of:

  • professional experience in Indigenous and/or world Indigenous education or a related field, 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 of professional experience in Indigenous and/or world Indigenous education or a related field, and a minimum of a B- (70 - 72.9%)average in a Bachelor's Honours degree or its equivalent; OR
  • a B.Ed. degree and a background in Indigenous and/or world Indigenous issues, and a minimum of a mid-B (73 - 76.9%) average in a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent; OR
  • demonstrated significant professional experience in Indigenous and/or indigenous education or related field, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

In addition to the above academic requirements, an applicant must submit two letters of support from respected members of the applicant's Indigenous or world Indigenous community to which they either belong or are related. Please note that these references do not replace the requirement for applicants to provide two academic references as part of their application package (4 references in total).

Since preference will be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry (Status, non-Status, Métis, Inuit) applicants may be requested to provide proof of Indigenous ancestry where applicable. Documentation which provides proof of Indigenous ancestry may include: a status card, church records, a Métis card, a verification letter from an official Political Territorial Organization (PTO) or First Nations.

Applicants whose native languages do not include English must obtain a score of 580 or more on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Probationary status may be applicable for candidates who do not meet the admission requirements as described above. A description of this status can be found in the School of Graduate Studies calendar online.

Important Note for MEd (WISE) Applicants

When applicants begin their online application for admission they will be asked to identify their mother tongue. If an applicant is a fluent English speaker, but also has an Indigenous language, applicants should choose English as their mother tongue in order to be able to proceed with the remainder of the application. For further information, please contact educgrad@queensu.ca​.

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

Contact Us

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