Social Justice Education MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The Social Justice Education (SJE) program welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. The MA program is a research-based degree program which can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission to the MA program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree in a humanities, social science, or cognate discipline from a recognized university, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

  • Applicants are required to submit the following; incomplete applications may be subject to processing delays or rejection:

    • A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student's research interests.

    • Two letters of reference, preferably from university instructors with whom the applicant has studied or worked.

    • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice in education.

    • Resumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • Subject to consultation with a faculty advisor, SJE1903H Major Concepts and Issues in Social Justice Education (0.5 FCE) is recommended.

    • 2.5 other FCEs, of which at least 1.5 FCEs must be SJE courses.

    • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.

    • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.

    • Additional courses may be required of some students, and some students may be required to take specified courses in research methods and/or theory.

  • Students complete a thesis which may lay the groundwork for doctoral research.

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