School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Education: Research, On-campus (Master's & Doctorate)

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"As an Indigenous Master of Education candidate, I have felt supported not only academically but also culturally during my time in the program. The Faculty of Education has gone to great lengths to ensure that I was given access to an Indigenous supervisor, an Elder In-Residence, and courses that focused specifically on Indigenous education, culturally relevant teaching and curriculum, and so much more. I have built relationships with life-long colleagues, and because of their support and encouragement, I have excelled in my research and community involvement. Research for me has been a pathway to connecting with my community, language, and culture, and I could not be more thankful for the experiences and opportunities I have had as a candidate here.”

~Liv Rondeau, MEd. Candidate

Program Contact

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

Phone: 613.533.6206










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 academic 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.

We also offer flexible, asynchronous, part-time online graduate programs to enable professionals to participate in post-graduate learning from anywhere in the world.


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

MEd.: The expected time for completion is 6 terms (full-time).

MEd. in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE ): The minimum time for completion is 2 years (part-time, online except for the first summer).

PhD.: The expected time for completion is 12 terms or 4 years (full-time).

Method of Completion

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

MEd.: Pattern 2: Eight half-courses + project

PhD.: 5 courses (year 1), two comprehensive examinations (year 2), thesis + defence

Contacting a potential supervisor in advance is required for Ph.D. students. Faculty profiles can be found on the Faculty of Education website.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

MEd.: Up to $10,000 per year made up of provincial or national fellowships, research or teaching assistantships, or awards and bursaries.

PhD.: Minimum $20,000. The average funding level over the last four years has been $25,000 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 (Master’s) or $10,000 (Ph.D.) awarded by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites


  • Professional experience, a BEd. 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
  • BEd. degree, and a minimum of a mid-B average in a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

MEd. (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 BEd. degree or an 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, a successful English Language Proficiency test result will be required as part of the application process. For language requirements and acceptable English Language Proficiency tests, please see the International Students drop down for accepted language tests.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadlines MEd. and PhD. (on-campus program): January 15th

Application Deadline MEd. (WISE): March 1st. 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 MEd & PhD. in September; part-time MEd. in September, January, and July; MEd. WISE in July or September.

Learning Outcomes

Grad Maps

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