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Master of Arts, Educational Leadership

Next application deadline: 15 Jan 2015 for Fall 2015 admission. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

This program is designed to prepare leaders in the field of education who are committed to personal and institutional improvement in schools and other sites of formal or informal learning. A central theme of the program is the impact of policy on educational practice at local, national, and international levels.

The program fosters the ongoing development of reflective practitioners who have a sense of educational action, the capacity to anticipate needs, the ability to exercise professional judgement within the realities of policy frameworks, and the ability to both lead and support institutional and organizational change at all levels.

Application Information

General Information:

Application requirements, procedures and dates can be found in the Graduate eCalendar

Apply on-line for Admission to McGill University’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. Click on the red icon at the top right that says Apply Now.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum of two years of professional teaching experience is required before entry into the program.

Program Information

There are multiple options for completing the Master of Arts: Educational Leadership:

  1. Thesis: The M.A. thesis option is a research-oriented degree in which approximately half of the program consists of thesis research. The balance of the program is coursework.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions
  2. Thesis (Gender and Women's Studies): The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the M.A. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions
  3. Non-Thesis (Project): The M.A. non-thesis option – Project consists of both coursework and a project, which is worth 12 credits of the total program. It is less research-oriented than the thesis option and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions
  4. Non-Thesis (Project - Gender and Women's Studies): The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. In the graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies, the project must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions
  5. Non-Thesis (Coursework): The M.A. non-thesis option, consisting entirely of coursework, is less research-oriented and suitable for practitioners interested in professional development with a theoretical orientation.
    Full list of courses and course descriptions

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DISE Guidelines and Forms

Note: Non-thesis graduate students are reminded that they must apply to graduate. The Application for Graduation is completed through Minerva.

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Contact Information

For more information please contact Michael Lariviere at 514-398-1591 or by email.