24 months
8242 CAD/year
3533 CAD/year
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The Educational Research program at University of Calgary 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 Educational Research program at University of Calgary 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.


  • Adult Learning
  • Curriculum and Learning
  • Language and Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Learning Sciences


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Education
  • Program and Practice Evaluation
  • Writing Educational Research
  • Participatory Methodology in Education
  • Change and Innovation in Education
  • Action Research in Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General 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.
  • A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution
  • A written statement indicating the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue a graduate program
  • Two reference letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8242 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8242 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3533 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3533 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Calgary

1247 - 1953 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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