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MA Educational Leadership & Policy

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20530 CAD
20530 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Ontario Institute For Studies in Education
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GMAT (avg)673

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About this course

The Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) offers the Educational Leadership and Policy graduate program, representing the application of cognate scholarship to domains of practice. This program leads to the Master of Arts, Master of Education, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  

MA program: fosters the study of problems in the administration and leadership of educational programs. It will best serve students who have a commitment to scholarship and research as a means of deepening their understanding of administrative action in schools or in other educational and service institutions. While experience in teaching and administration is not an essential prerequisite for admission, such experience provides a desirable background. The MA is available through both full-time and part-time studies.

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Eligibility Criteria

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

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Course Modules

Master of Arts
Admission to the Master of Arts program normally requires a mid-B or better in the final year of an appropriate bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or professional program. At least a year of relevant work, community or volunteer experience is highly desirable.

The MA is a research-based degree program which can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. In addition to eight half-courses, students complete a thesis based on original research. 

Mainly, courses at the 1000 level will be taken. Four must be from the Adult Education and Community Development program. Additional courses may be required of some students.  Students are required to take one core course consisting of either LHA1100H Introduction to Adult Education or LHA1102H Community Development: Innovative Models andLHA1183H Master's Thesis Seminar.  One half-course in research methods is required. A list of appropriate research courses will be maintained in the department. The master’s thesis may lay the groundwork for doctoral research.

The MA degree program of study consists of eight half-courses and a thesis.  At least half of the required courses for the MA degree program must be completed in the Educational Leadership and Policy Program.  The remaining courses may be selected from those offered in the Department, in other departments of OISE, or in other graduate departments of the University of Toronto.  Students are required to take the following courses:  LHA1003H, LHA1004H and LHA1040H. LHA1041H is strongly recommended.  Normally the courses chosen for the MA program of study will be at the 1000-level.  Individual Reading courses are electives and should not be taken at the beginning of a student’s program.

Additional courses may be required of some applicants.  The MA is available through both full-time and part-time studies.

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How to Apply

Transcript, GRE and English Language Facility Test Score Requirements
All applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. See our application information and instructions for detailed information on transcript requirements. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit official GRE test scores, and applicants without a degree from a Canadian university are required to submit these scores. Applicants without a degree from a Canadian university may also be required to submit official test scores for English Language Facility tests acceptable by the University of Toronto.

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