Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education

WISE is a part-time blended (online and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities.


  • 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 in July as well as other activities, such as sharing circles, visiting speakers, and other events through the Queen’s Four Directions Aboriginal 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 to support Indigenous students. 

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* and EDUC-876*

Application Deadline & Start Dates

Our next cohort of students will begin their program in July 2019 on-campus. Applicants may submit their applications and all supporting documentation for July 2019 admission between mid-September 2018 and March 1, 2019.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Queen's M.Ed. WISE program undertake or return to successful careers in a wide variety of professional settings, positions of increased responsibility in school boards, teaching at the college, primary or secondary school level, or continue graduate study in the field of education as a doctoral student.

Chart showing categories of employment after graduation.

Admission Requirements

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

  • professional experience in Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal ancestry (Status, non-Status, Métis, Inuit) applicants may be requested to provide proof of Aboriginal ancestry where applicable. Documentation which provides proof of Aboriginal 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 at: http://www.queensu.ca/calendars/sgsr/Graduate_Student.html

Our Instructors
Christopher BeemanBeeman, Christopher
Jennifer DavisDavis, Jennifer
Dawn Lavell-HarvardLavell-Harvard, Dawn
Our graduate faculty are eligible to supervise M.Ed. (WISE) students, if applicable, in addition to the above listed instructors.
Important Note for M.Ed. (WISE) Applicants

When students begin their on-line application for admission they will be asked to identify their mother tongue. If a student is a fluent English speaker, but also has an Indigenous language, students 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: pmeda@queensu.ca​.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies and Research Office
Natalie Lefebvre, Graduate Assistant
Room A106
Tel (613) 533-6206