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M.A. Educational Leadership - Prospective Students

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.

Program Overview

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

For a full list of courses and course descriptions:

NB: Please note that applications are accepted for the fall semester ONLY. There is no intake for the winter and summer semesters.

The thesis option is recommended for students interested in undertaking a more in-depth independent study or in moving on to a PhD upon completion of their Master's degree. The non-thesis option may be more appropriate if you are wishing to pursue the MA alongside full-time work or are primarily pursuing the degree for career advancement.

For information on Tuition and Fees: Click Here

You can view current class schedules via the Dynamic Schedule.


Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree.
  2. The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies.
  3. Normally, applicants are required to have at least two years of relevant leadership experience (teaching or related professional experience).
  4. Demonstrate a clear motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in education and an interest in educational issues manifested in cultural, historical, philosophical, economic, and/or political contexts.
  5. For Thesis Only: Demonstrate an interest in learning about and conducting research


Next application deadline: 1st of Jan for Fall admission. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. The uApply system opens mid-September for the following school year.

Required Documents

  • A current working CV
  • A 1-2 page Personal Statement (Letter of Intent), specifying relevant academic and professional experience, particularly experience related to education or other work in a leadership context.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts from ALL previous university level studies (undergraduate and graduate).  Official transcripts are required after students are officially admitted to the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation, Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a university-level instructor; the other may be from an administrator in an educationally relevant context.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores Graduate eCalendar  (if applicable)
    • IELTS with a minimum overall band of 7.0; (with a minimum writing score of 7.0); or
    • TOEFL:iBT (Internet-based test) – total score of 92 with a minimum score of 22 each for the Writing and Speaking sections and a minimum of 20 each for the Reading and Listening sections.
    • The Department reserves the right to evaluate the applicant's language proficiency before initial registration and at the time of application.

N.B. Applicants are required to submit their scores electronically. Paper reports are no longer accepted.

Please note the following requirements for all MA Thesis students' Personal Statements:

  1. Applicants must identify two faculty members who might potentially act as their research SUPERVISOR. This information should be clearly indicated at the very top of their statement. It is not necessary to contact these POTENTIAL supervisors but to IDENTIFY two professors whose research area is of interest to you.
  2. The Personal Statement should also include a clearly articulated mention of the student’s research topic as well as the research trends and professional experiences that have led to the topic (3-4 paragraphs).

Grade Equivalencies


Contact Info:

Grad.dise [at] mcgill.ca (Hailey Li) – Graduate Program Coordinator
514-398-4527 Ext. 09133

joseph.levitan [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Joseph Levitan) - MA Graduate Program Director (Non-Thesis Programs)

paul.zanazanian [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Paul Zanazanian) - MA / PhD Graduate Program Director (Thesis Programs)


Program information is organized for two distinct groups:

Prospective Students    Currently Registered

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