The Taylor Institute

Educational Research

Master of Arts (MA)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Research creates scholars capable of advancing their field of study and requires intensive study through which students will move from general to specialized expertise in a focused area of arts-related research. The thesis-based degree is designed to train academics in planning, conducting, evaluating and reporting leading original research with a high degree of competence and integrity. Graduates of the program go on to become the future stewards of their discipline: scholars who are not only capable of generating new research, but of transforming the landscape of their profession. This program is only available on campus.

Completing this program

  • Adult Learning: Students take courses in research methods, topics in adult learning and electives.
  • Language and Literacy: Students take courses in research methods, theory and research in language and literacy and more.
  • Learning Sciences: Students take courses in research methods and electives in the learning sciences specialization.
  • Curriculum and Learning: Students take courses in research methods, interpretive inquiry, interpretive study of curriculum and more.
  • Leadership: Students take courses in research methods, topics in educational leadership and electives determined by the student and supervisor.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original thesis.



PhD studies in Education, Research, Not-for-profit organizations, Bilingual Education, Intercultural Communication, English Language Arts, Media Education, Culture Studies, Curricular Consultant, Public and Private Education systems, Leadership positions in Community and Non-governmental agencies.

A master’s degree in educational research will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Two core courses, up to four electives depending on specialization

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; four years maximum; one year residency requirement


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Maren Aukerman

    Maren Aukerman

    Accepting Inquiries
    Meaning-making, literacy, classroom discourse
  2. Subrata Bhowmik

    Subrata Bhowmik

    Seeking Students
    L2 Writing, EAP, Sociocultural Approaches to L2 Learning
  3. Barbara Brown

    Barbara Brown

    Accepting Inquiries
    Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, K-12 Teaching and Leadership
  4. Amy Burns

    Amy Burns

    Accepting Inquiries
    Educational Leadership and Teacher Education
  5. Tonya Callaghan

    Tonya Callaghan

    Anti-Oppression & Anti-Homophobia Education; Critical Social Justice; Critical Theory; Curriculum Theory; Qualitative Research; Women & Gender Studies
  6. Catherine Chua

    Catherine Chua

  7. Roswita Dressler

    Roswita Dressler

    Accepting Inquiries
    Second Language Teaching and Learning, Linguistic Identity
  8. Sarah Elaine Eaton

    Sarah Elaine Eaton

    Accepting Inquiries
    Ethics in Educational Contexts
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    Janet Groen

    Accepting Inquiries
    Adult Learning
  10. Dr. Michele Jacobsen

    Michele Jacobsen

    Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, Graduate Education and Peer Mentoring

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution

Work samples



A written statement indicating the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate program

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Dec. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Educational Research graduate program

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2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Werklund School of Education

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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