Adult Learning and Global Change, M.Ed.

Adult Learning and Global Change, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #27 (BCR) Online
The University of British Columbia, in cooperation with collaborating universities in South Africa (University of the Western Cape), Sweden (Linköping University), and Australia (Australian Catholic University), offers an innovative online, coursework-only, professional graduate program in Adult Learning and Global Change.


The Adult Learning and Global Change program at the University of British Columbia is designed for individuals who wish to understand adult learning in the context of global change, and thereby improve their professional practice. This courses in the program will benefit those working with adults in formal and informal educational settings, including human resource development in business, industry and government, and activist organisations, international and/or community development, non-governmental organisations, healthcare, cultural, and professional organisations, to name a few.

Students proceed through the two-year, 30-credit program as a cohort drawn from the four participating institutions. Instructors are also drawn from these universities; students will benefit from a truly international staff.

After completing this program students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of “globalization.”
  • Identify the various ways context shapes adult learning and relevant public policy.
  • Discuss why and ways learners resist or embrace “education.”
  • Analyze relationships nested in successful attempts to foster change through learning.
  • Plan learning interventions that help adults increase their influence over the direction and pace of local and global change.

Career options

The program attracts those interested in international development work, cross-cultural education and training, the role of education in addressing various global health and environmental issues, promoting social justice in the face of economic globalization, and learning more about adult education around the world.

Programme Structure

Required Courses:

  • Locating Oneself in Global Learning 
  • Adult Learning: Contexts and Perspectives
  • Work and Learning
  • Fostering Learning in Practice
  • Global/Local Learning
  • Understanding Research

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Canadian students

Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

International students

  • Most three-year, Bologna-compliant degrees from research-intensive universities are acceptable as a basis for admission to master's programs at UBC.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    11818 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11818 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    8246 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8246 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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