The Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES) is a part-time, course-based graduate degree program designed for working professionals who want to further their knowledge and enhance their skills in the areas of leadership and school improvement.
Delivered through a blend of face-to-face and online distance instruction, this flexible program is designed to be completed in two years. It begins with a three-week summer residency in which students will explore site based research in leadership and school improvement relevant to their school contexts and personal interests. Following the residency, students take fall and winter courses online, studying on their own schedule.
The program wraps up with a second summer residency, in which students study research and leadership for educational change. Students will complete a research assignment and a program synthesis paper. The MES consists of eight sequential compulsory courses and two electives.
The MES program consists of ten graduate level courses (30 credits). Eight courses (24 credits) form the core of the program, and are completed in sequence. The remaining two courses (6 credits) are approved options/electives. The program breaks down as follows:
12 credits completed in two, 3-week summer residencies on the University of Alberta campus or Regional Site
12 credits completed in online courses during fall and winter terms
6 credits of approved options/electives, which can usually be transferred in if already completed, or can be completed at student’s discretion over the course of the program.
You need the following TOEFL(PBT) score:
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
Please note that in order to be considered for the MES program, you must meet the following minimum criteria:
A baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 6.5 (9 point scale) or 3.0 (4 point scale) over the last 60 credits of coursework.
Two years of teaching experience.
A TOEFL score of 580 (237 computer-based) where applicable.
Bachelor in Education degree for international students.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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