Educational Leadership and Policy MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The MA program in Educational Leadership and Policy fosters the study of problems in leadership and policy with respect to educational programs, with an emphasis on elementary and secondary schools. It will best serve students who have a commitment to scholarship and research as a means of deepening their understanding of leadership action in schools or in other educational and service institutions.

The MA is available through both full-time and part-time studies. While experience in teaching and administration is not an essential prerequisite for admission, such experience provides a desirable background. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA1003H Designing Master's Research Proposals (0.5 FCE).

    • LHA1004H Research Literacy in Educational Leadership and Policy (0.5 FCE).

    • LHA1040H Introduction to Educational Leadership and Policy: Policy, Leadership, Change, and Diversity (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods, to be selected in consultation with the thesis supervisor.

    • 2.0 elective FCEs in Educational Leadership and Policy courses, normally at the 1000 level or 5000 special topics level. Additional courses may be required of some students.

  • Thesis, to be developed under the guidance of a faculty member.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time