School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Education (Research: Master's & Doctorate)

Education Collage



"I feel incredibly fortunate to be a Master’s candidate and incoming PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. My graduate student experience has far exceeded my expectations because of my involvement as a Research and Teaching Assistant outside of my coursework and thesis. With encouragement and support from my supervisor, Dr. Don Klinger, and faculty mentors, I have successfully obtained Federal research funding at both the Master’s and Doctoral level. I am confident that my coursework, research, teaching, and community involvement experiences will provide the foundations I need to have great career options in academia or other related fields of research and practice.””

Jessica V. Rich, M.Ed. Candidate (2015); Incoming PhD Student, Measurement, Assessment, Policy, Leadership and Assessment (MAPLE)

Program Contact

Graduate Assistant
Graduate Studies & Research
Faculty of Education
Duncan McArthur Hall; Room A106
511 Union Street. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 78530


Program Overview

Our Master’s and Ph.D. programs are designed for university graduates interested in conducting research & completing courses in education. They develop leadership abilities, including critical reflection, research and writing. As our scholarly community values growth and personal development, our students have many opportunities to research meaningful topics and present findings to an audience of peers.

  • Our Master’s program is full-time or part-time and 2 degree patterns are offered: thesis or project.
  • Our Master of Education  in World Indigenous Studies in Educational (WISE) is a part-time blended (on-line and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Aboriginal communities.
  • Our doctoral program is a full-time, four-year, on-campus program with three terms per year.

Please also see "Professional, Online: Diploma & Master's


By keeping our class sizes small, we guarantee you access to the kind of individual attention and one-on-one mentoring that will help you develop both personally and professionally. Our annual Graduate Student Symposium – organized by students for students – attracts student presenters from across Canada, with publication opportunities for all presenters.

Career paths – employment opportunities

While our graduate programs attract many teachers and education administrators, they also draw professionals from other sectors. Professionals who have education and leadership responsibilities and wish to improve their research and leadership skills come to the program from sectors such as health sciences, engineering, business, social services and the military

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M. Ed.: The minimum time for completion is 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) Online diploma and Masters.

M.Ed. in  World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE ): part time, online except for the first summer, minimum 2 years.

Ph.D.: full time, minimum 3 years

Method of Completion

M.Ed.: Pattern 1: Six half-courses, thesis + defence

M.Ed.: Pattern 2: Eight half-courses + project

Ph.D.: Two years course work, comprehensive examination, thesis + defence

Contacting a potential supervisor in advance is optional for Master’s students and required for Ph.D. students. 

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.Ed.: Up to $6,000 per year made up of provincial or national fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, or awards and bursaries.

Ph.D.: Minimum $18,000. The average funding level over the last four years has been $23,000 per year.

We strongly urge all students to apply for external funding from SSHRC, OGS, CGS and other sources. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a top-up of $5000 (Masters), $10,000 (PhD)award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites


  • Professional experience, a B.Ed. degree or its equivalent, and a minimum of a B- average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or
  • Two years professional or industrial experience, and a minimum of a B- average in a Bachelor’s Honours degree or its equivalent, or
  • B.Ed. degree, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

M.Ed. (WISE):

  • In addition to the above, applicants must demonstrate professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or related field. Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree and a B.Ed. degree or a Honours degree, may be considered for admission if they have a minimum of a mid B average in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and can demonstrate significant professional experience in Aboriginal and/or world indigenous education or related field.


  • Master’s degree in Education or a related discipline with first-class standing from a recognized university
  • Professional experience in education or a related field is an asset

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum score of 92.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadlines M.Ed. and Ph.D. (on campus program): January 15th

Application Deadline M.Ed. (WISE): March 1st (or until full). WISE is a blended program, the first summer (July) is on-campus and the balance of the program is offered online.

Program Start Dates: full-time M.Ed & Ph.D. in September; part-time M.Ed. in September, January, and July; M.Ed. WISE in July.

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website