Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies)

Program Information

The Educational Leadership Studies program provides students with an opportunity to explore a broad range of issues in educational leadership, policy, and administration. It prepares candidates to assume leadership roles in a variety of settings, including school and district leadership, post-secondary institutions and policy analysis. 

There are five program route options:

RouteRequirements (30 credit hours)
Comprehensive Course Route 30 credit hours
Internship 24 credit hours + ED 6291: Internship in Eductational Leadership Studies (6 credit hours]
Project 24 credit hours + ED 6292: Project in Educational Leadership Studies (6 credit hours)
Paper Folio 24 credit hours + ED 6293: Paper Folio in Educational Leadership Studies (6 credit hours)
Thesis 18 credit hours + Thesis (12 credit hours)

Application Deadline

The deadline for application to the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) program is February 1st and the program start date is September (Fall semester). Please refer to application submission deadlines.

Admission/Application Information

Please visit the links provided in the table below to learn more about the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) admission/application regulations and requirements.

Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies)
School of Graduate Studies Regulations
Faculty of Education Admission Requirements
Program Admission Requirements
  • Deferral Requests. Students accepted to programs without caps on enrollment (Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Studies, Educational Leadership Studies, Educational Technology & Post-Secondary Studies), are advised that the graduate office does not accept deferral requests unless there are extenuating circumstances and supporting documentation. In such cases, a maximum of one deferral for one semester may be granted. Files will be kept for a one year period, which enable students to ask to be reconsidered for a competition within that timeframe at no additional cost. Students accepted to the Counselling Psychology program (because of the cap on enrollment), under extenuating circumstances only, may also be granted one deferral.
  • Confirmation of Work Experience. Students are required to submit an official letter from the school district office/employer verifying work experience. This letter should indicate total number of teaching days accumulated, as a minimum of two years of teaching (or related) experience is recommended for admission for most programs. Please have this information forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline date.
  • Educational Leave. If you are considering applying for educational leave in order to pursue a Master of Education program, you should first apply to the program. If you are not granted educational leave, but are accepted to the program, you can commence your studies on a part-time basis.

Program Requirements

Please visit the link provided in the table below to learn more about the Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies) program requirements.

Master of Education (Educational Leadership Studies)
Program Requirements
  • A candidate in full-time status may register for a maximum of 12 credit hours in any regular semester and a maximum of 6 credit hours in intersession or summer session.
  • A candidate with part-time status may register for a maximum of 3 credit hours in any semester or session, excluding summer session, when 6 credit hours are permitted.
  • Candidates may register for additional courses in a semester or session with the permission of the Office of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research, Faculty of Education.

Program Cost

Please refer to Graduate Tuition and Fees for general information and the School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form for detailed tuition, special fee, and other program cost information. 


Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date. Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.