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PhD Curriculum Studies

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Education
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TOEFL-IBT (min)92
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

Graduate programs in the field of Curriculum Studies encompass, but are not limited to, investigations into: teacher education, the social construction of knowledge, the curriculum as culturally and politically situated, contemporary curriculum and instructional discourses, and the role of curriculum and curricular reform in K-12 and other learning environments. Students learn about issues of planning and development, program implementation and evaluation, and pre-service and in-service teacher education. Inquiry in the field is multi-disciplinary and includes numerous perspectives and orientations such as: cultural studies, historical consciousness, post structuralism, feminism, multicultural education, semiotics, and critical theory.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Curriculum Studies graduate program requires a master's degree with high standing in a relevant educational discipline and evidence of potential to carry out research.

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Course Modules

The graduate programs (M.Ed., M.A, and Ph.D.) in Curriculum Studies are part of the graduate offerings in the Department or Curriculum and Pedagogy. The Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies is a flexible, research-oriented doctoral program that can be pursued by students interested in the specializations offered in the department. Students are required to take one first-year doctoral seminar and a second year doctoral seminar. In addition to these, two research methodology and two specialization courses along with electives are required (18 credits total). Courses in a student's program are determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor or program advisory committee and are based on the student's prior academic work and research interests. Students in the Ph.D. program typically devote two years to coursework, and two to three years to developing and carrying out a research project designed to make an original contribution to knowledge in the area of specialization. The University allows doctoral students up to six years to complete program requirements.

All Ph.D. students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

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How to Apply

Apply Online

Complete the online application. Submit your completed application including all supporting documents, reference letters and official, endorsed transcripts, by the deadlines noted below.
Early submissions are encouraged.

Submit Supporting Documents

  • Statement of Intent

In the application portal, you will be given the opportunity to add a Statement of Interest (Intent) describing why you choose to pursue graduate studies at UBC and in which area of research you want to concentrate your work. For more information, click here.

  • Supervisors

The most important first steps in applying for admission to our graduate program is finding and approaching a potential supervisor in the department. This gives you an opportunity to discuss the research you are interested in completing as a graduate student. We make every effort to match an applicant with a supervisor if the applicant is unable to identify one, however if there are no supervisors available we are unable to offer a place to an applicant. If you have a look on the Curriculum and Pedagogy website via the Faculty page) you will find a comprehensive list of the current faculty and their research interests. Please note, “Instructors” do not supervise grad students. There is a space in the application form for you to list your preferred supervisors.

Supporting Document Checklist
1. Scanned copies of all official transcripts
2. Three letters of recommendation
3. Evidence of English language proficiency
4. Permanent Resident Card (both sides), when applicable
5. Additional information

  • Applicants will be asked to upload transcripts with their grade key (usually located on the back of the transcript). Even if the applicant does not yet have final marks on the transcript, we still require a copy as evidence of registration and academic progress.
  • References will be able to upload their letters once you have submitted your application, so please ensure that they are able to submit by the deadlines noted above and that you provide them with appropriate timelines.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to the application deadline in January.
  • Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application, and official test scoresordered from the testing agency is required.
  • Permanent Residents

Permanent Residents are required to provide proof of immigration status and date of landing by submitting a copy of the Record of Landing Form or a copy of both the front and back of their Permanent Resident card.

  • Additional Information

Please submit your resume/CV. As well any additional information regarding professional employment experience, publications,or awards, which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application. These can be uploaded to your online application.

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