Master of Education (Thesis)
The central objective of the Master of Education in Educational Administration (Thesis) Degree is to provide a problem- and inquiry-driven environment through enriched practical, research-based, and theoretical understandings of educational issues in the administration and leadership of organizations, communities, and government.
Research is central in this program. A culminating objective is for Thesis Program students to conduct and defend an original piece of research, as a possible route to doctoral study.
Programme objectives are achieved through accessibility to experiences that facilitate academic attainment within program coursework and the successful completion of a research project resulting in the production of a thesis. Required coursework for all Master's students in the Department includes a mixture of theoretical and practical content. Furthermore, objectives are achieved through the following programmatic and extra-curricular opportunities: rigourous course work, research assistance in Tri-Agency and other funded research projects, experiential learning through laboratory and international study, conference participation, co-authorship and presentation, and seminar leadership.
All programs in the Department of Educational Administration invite and encourage the opportunity for students from academically, culturally, socially, and geographically diverse backgrounds to work together in an environment of inclusion and tollerance. Potential students should be comfortable working in such an environment, and should anticipate the advantages and challenges that are likely to be present.
All student or prospective student inquiries related to the MEd program must be made in writing to the Department Head or Graduate Programs Administative Assistant.
New to the U of S
For those who are unfamiliar with the Department of Educational Administration, the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and the University of Saskatchewan, below we provide some basic information about programming that is assumed as you make your way through other areas of the Department's website.
General Overview of University of Saskatchewan Programming
As is the case with most universities, academic programming at the University of Saskatchewan is operationally divided into undergraduate and graduate studies. Undergraduate studies are 3- or 4-year Bachelor's degree programs (e.g., BEng, BA, BSc, BEd, MD, JD) that often provide the basic qualification for professional standing or advanced study at a university. Sometimes, an undergraduate degree will require the completion of another undergraduate degree before admission may be assured. Such programs are called "after-degree" programs.
Graduate studies are advanced multi-year Master's or Doctoral degree programs (e.g., LLM, MEd, MSc, MA, EdD, PhD) that require an undergraduate degree (and perhaps lower-level graduate degrees) in advance of admission.
At the University of Saskatchewan, students enrolled in an undergraduate program are students of a specialized college. So, undergraduate students studying to become teachers (i.e., completing a BEd), for example, are students of the College of Education. Students enrolled in a graduate program are students of a specialized department (i.e., the Department of Educational Administration) within the College of Graduate Studies and Research—even though the specialized department may be housed within a specialized college.
Generally speaking, completed courses (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels) provide students with credit units counted toward a total number required for completion of a program of study. So called "full courses" engage students for two terms of study and provide 6 credit units following successful completion. "Half courses" engage students for one term of study and provide 3 credit units. The total number of credit units required for the completion of a program of study differs from one program to the next. In the Department of Educational Administration, completion of a Master's (Course-Based) program of study involves 30 completed credit units of required and elective course work. Completion of a Master's (Thesis) program of study involves 21 completed credit units of required and elective course work, plus the successful writing and defence of a thesis. Completion of a PhD program of study involves 18 completed credit units of required and elective course work, plus the successful writing and defence of a dissertation.
Some courses (particularly at the graduate level) provide students with no credit units, but are required to be taken for the completion of a program of studies.
At the University of Saskatchewan, courses have titles, catalogue descriptions (synopses), departmental designations (typically four letter acronyms identifying the department offering the course; e.g., EADM for Educational Administration and ERES for Educational Research), and a course number. The number indicates the level of study: 100 through 400 level courses are undergraduate, 500 level courses are post-graduate certificate specific (resting between an undergraduate and graduate program of studies—not present within the Department of Educational Administration), 800 and 900 level courses are graduate.
From application to graduation, the Department of Educational Administration expects academic integrity.
Students seeking entry or transfer into the Master's Thesis program within the Department of Educational Administration are required to have:
- successfully completed a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree or equivalent;
- two or more years of successful teaching or related experience;
- an average of 80% or higher in the last two years of study (10 full classes or 60 credit hours)—transfer from ongoing MEd (Course-Based) program is possible with a graduate course average of 80% or higher following completion of six half classes (or 18 credit hours);
- favourable recommendations from three academic/professional referees;
- favourable recommendation from the Admissions Committee of the Department (which may require GRE, MAT, and/or other qualifying examination written in Saskatoon and within the Department of Educational Administration as a condition of acceptance);
- acceptance by the College of Graduate Studies and Research (where completion of MAT and/or GRE may be required)—more information is availalable here; and
- for international applicants, unless a previous degree fulfills the requirements noted here, English language proficiency at a IELTS (Academic) level of 6.5 or higher with no scores below 6.5, TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or higher, or TOEFL IBT of not less than 20 in each area.
Students accepted into the Master's Thesis program are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit units (7 courses)—of which, one course in organizational analysis, one course in educational research methods, one non-credit course in research ethics, and four additional courses in practical or theoretical analysis of educational administration are engaged. Additionally, under the supervision of a member of faculty, the student is required to produce a thesis, and engage members of a supervisory committee in defense of the document on two separate occasions—one following the completion of the third chapter but prior to embarking upon the research project, and the second following completion of all research and writing and involving the scrutiny of an external evaluator.
Domestic students admitted into the Master's thesis program typically require between 18 months and three years to complete their studies—working fulltime in addition to engaging in studies often increases the time period required to complete. Non-English as a first language international students admitted into the Master's thesis program have historically required an additional year to complete their studies.
Students are advised that completion of a Master's degree from the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan does not lead to a qualification for licensure for teaching in an elementary or secondary school in Saskatchewan or Canada.
At the University of Saskatchewan, all graduate students are registered in the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) but are considered to be students of the academic unit or department offering their chosen program. For this reason, the admission process for graduate students into Educational Administration MEd and PhD programming involves both the CGSR and the Department of Educational Administation. To understand more, please visit Admissions Process on the CGSR website.
Prospective students applying for admission into the Master's Thesis program in the Department of Educational Administration must follow the procedure outlined below:
- Complete the online application form;
- Pay the online application fee (more information is provided on the link to the application form);
- Send by email, or arrange to send hard copies (see address at bottom of this page), to the Department of Educational Administration each of the following:
- an official transcript of marks from all universities you have attended other than the University of Saskatchewan—we obtain University of Saskatchewan marks through internal student information systems;
- an abbreviated resumé of your work history and professional activities;
- official English language proficiency test score forms (if applicable);
- a one to two page statement explaining why you are interested in pursuing Master's-level studies in the Department of Educational Administration;
- three confidential letters of recommendation are to be submitted online by the referees. Referees are notified by email (when their name is entered in the online application) with instructions for completing and submitting their online letter. If a referee is unable to submit the online letter, the pdf version of GSR 101: Confidential Letter of Recommendation should be used. The hard copy of this reference letter must be received by the department, in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature across the sealed back;
Lead time is essential to ensure that all application and acceptance procedures are completed before the first course registration.
The below deadlines will apply; all applications must be received or franked by these dates, and applications are only considered after the following:
- January 1 for all September start-dates (for international and domestic students);
- January 1 for all Spring and Summer Session start-dates (only for domestic students); and
- April 30 for all January start-dates (only for domestic students).
Applicants are advised that following positive or negative recommendation for admission from the Department of Educational Administration Graduate Programs Committee they will receive an email providing the result. The recommendation is forwarded by the Department to the College of Graduate Studies and Research who may accept or reject a positive recommendation. Applicants will be advised of the final decision surrounding their case by a letter sent from the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
Location, Tuition Costs, and Financial Support
Information for both domestic and international students with respect to tuition can be found here.
There is no way for the Department to guarantee support. Applicants are advised to seriously consider the winter weather conditions and cost of living in Saskatoon (1, 2) in advance of completing the application.
Amounts vary from year to year and are dependant on the size of the Department's cohort of graduate students at the Master's and doctoral levels. Canadian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other international students may consider opportunities available through the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
After a student has been successfully admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, he/she is required to consult with the Department Head in Educational Administration to complete a Program of Studies document. The purpose of this document is to provide an agreed upon outline of each required and elective course to be taken within the student's programme in the Department. An appointment for a programme consultation meeting should be made as soon as possible following admission. For the information of prospective and new students, the minimum requirements for the Master's Thesis Programme in the Department of Educational Administration are outlined below.
Every student must complete a minimum of 21 credit units (equivalent to 7 single-term [Fall Term: September through December; Winter Term: January through April; Spring and Summer Term: May through June or July through August] credit-based classes) and a thesis.
- The following 6 credit units and non-credit courses are prescribed as required courses: EADM 811.3, EADM 990.X, EADM 994.X, ERES 800.3 or ERES 810.3 or ERES 820.3, GSR 960.X, and GSR 961.X
- ERES courses are not under the authority of the Department of Educational Administration and may require a pre-approval for registration by both the Associate Dean of Graduate Programming in the College of Education and the instructor teaching the section of interest.
- Each student's program must include at least 12 credit units from among the following: EADM 812.3, EADM 813.3, EADM 816.3, EADM 819.3, EADM 820.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 825.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 829.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3, EADM 894.3, EADM 895.3.
- The remaining 3 credit units are open electives and may be chosen from the above list (plus EADM 898.3) or from those courses offered by other departments on the approval of the Department Head.
- While the Department Head approves the taking of a course from outside of Educational Administration, it is the responsiblity of the student to seek permission from both the instructor and the Graduate Chair in the respective Department offering the course of interest.
- Under the supervision of a member of the Department, students are required to work toward the completion of a research project and the writing of a thesis. Decisions related to the assignment of a supervisor are made by the Graduate Chair, in consultation with the faculty member and the Departmental Graduate Programs Committee.
Elementary and Secondary (K-12) Administration Specialization
Students interested in specializing in Elementary and Secondary (K-12) Administration are advised to take any of the following courses in fulfilment of the 15 credit unit electives (12 credit units plus 3 credit units noted above): EADM 812.3, EADM 813.3, EADM 816.3, EADM 819.3, EADM 820.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 824.3, EADM 825.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 829.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3 (watch for sections of EADM 892 with a focus on K-12 education), EADM 894.3, EADM 895.3, as well as courses from other departments (including but not limited to Educational Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, Edward School of Business, Political Studies, and Economics) and from other accredited Canadian and US universities may be considered to complete a program of study in this specialization.
University, Higher Education, and Post-Secondary Administration Specialization
Students interested in specializing in University, Higher Education, and Post-Secondary Administration are advised to focus their program of study around any of the following courses in partial fulfilment of the 15 credit unit electives (12 credit units noted above): EADM 812.3, EADM 813.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 825.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3 (watch for sections of EADM 892 with a focus on post-secondary education), and EADM 894.3. Additionally, potential electives (3 credit units noted above) from other departments (including but not limited to Educational Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, Edward School of Business, Political Studies, and Economics) and from other accredited Canadian and US universities may be considered to complete a program of study in this specialization.
Interprofessional Health Education and Leadership Specialization
Students interested in specializing in Interprofessional Health Education and Leadership are advised to focus their program of study around any of the following courses in partial fulfilment of the 15 credit unit electives (12 credit units noted above): EADM 813.3, EADM 821.3, EADM 826.3, EADM 834.3, EADM 835.3, EADM 836.3, EADM 892.3 (watch for sections of EADM 892 with a focus on interprofessional health education), and EADM 894.3. Additionally, potential electives (3 credit units noted above) from other departments (including but not limited to Educational Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Community Health and Epidemiology, Nursing) and from other accredited Canadian and US universities may be considered to complete a program of study in this specialization. Students interested in this area of specialization should watch for sections of ERES 820 that advertise an Action Research in Medical Education focus.
Time Limit and Application to Graduate
The time limit for completing a program of studies is five years from the date of registration in the first course credited to the program.
All students are advised that the deadlines maintained by the College of Graduate Studies and Research for applying to graduate will be followed.
Information related to specific courses offered within the Department of Educational Administration is available from the University of Saskatchewan Catalogue. The most current schedule of course offerings at the University of Saskatchewan is available on line.
Students are advised to register for EADM 990.X and GSR 960.X in the same term, and at their earliest opportunity within their program of study. Additionally, the ERES course and EADM 898.3 are typically among the last classes taken by thesis students.
Because the Department's student body is predominantly comprised of professional and fulltime teachers and school- and board-level administrators, the vast majority of our Master's-level courses are offered over six Saturdays (or four Friday evenings and Saturdays, combined) in Terms 1 (Fall) and 2 (Winter), and simiar or intensive formats in the Spring and Summer Term. We continue to expand the number of courses we are able to offer in blended and on-line delivery modes. Every attempt is made to ensure that the scheduling of courses permits the taking of at least two in any given term (i.e., on alternating weekends).
Please keep in mind that the University of Saskatchewan and the Department of Educational Administration have made an effort to offer a growing number of sections of our courses in an on-line or blended on-line and face-to-face format. While we are committed to delivery in these ways, we are unable to guarantee that such delivery methods will be offered in each term.
Courses Requiring Departmental Approval or Special Permission
Some courses require that the student apply for departmental approval or special permission in advance of registration. Typically, though not exclusively, this includes sections of ERES 800.3, EADM 892.3, EADM 894.3, EADM 898.3 and occationally EADM 820.3 (when offered in the Spring and Summer Term). For ERES courses requiring approval or special permission, please inquire with Ms. Shauna Quintin, who provides administrative assistance to the Dr Laurie Hellsten, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Education. For all EADM courses requiring approval or special permission, please inquire with Ms Katrina Hutchence, who provides administrative assistance to the Department Head.
All emailed inquiries of this type related to EADM 894.3 should include the following information in advance of processing:
- the student's name,
- the student's NSID or student number,
- the CRN for the section of interest, and
- a URL providing information about the conference or opportunity proposed for inclusion in EADM 894.3.
All emailed inquiries of this type related to EADM 898.3 should include the following information one month in advance of the commencement of a term:
- the student's name;
- the student's NSID or student number;
- a proposed reading course syllabus that includes:
- a course title,
- a course description,
- the term in which the course will be taken,
- a course instructor (a member of the faculty or an Associate member of the Department),
- a proposed evaluation scheme,
- the following statement pertaining to University of Saskatchewan Policies: "This course will conform to the academic requirements and standards for graduate courses, and the rules of student appeals in academic matters will apply as outlined within pertinent sections of university policies. Please see http://policies.usask.ca/ for details."
- a course reading list.
All emailed inquires of this type related to other courses should include the following information in advance of processing:
- the student's name,
- the student's NSID or student number, and
- the CRN for the section of interest.
Graduate studies are subject to a variety of deadlines, ranging from when assignments are due to deadlines for submission of theses or application for awards or grants. Students should be familiar with such deadlines and should abide by them. It is noted that deadlines imposed by the University or external agencies are not within Department control. The Department assumes no responsibility for the consequences of students not adhering to deadlines.
Graduate-Level Grading Policy
Evaluation of student performance in graduate-level writing is according to the following criteria and categories:
- 90-100% (or equivalent): An exceptional paper in all respects, and in addition, contains original, creative thought that is of publication quality.
- 85-89% (or equivalent): An excellent paper with respect to most or all criteria.
- 80-84% (or equivalent): A very good paper that meets most of the criteria very well.
- 75-79% (or equivalent): A good paper that meets some of the criteria very well, and remaining criteria adequately.
- 70-74% (or equivalent): A satisfactory paper that meets all the criteria adequately--competent, though not outstanding.
- 60-69% (or equivalent): A minimally acceptable paper that lacks originality (in that it imitates references too closely) or is deficient in three or more of the criteria.
- < 60% (or equivalent): Not acceptable. Indicative of a paper that is deficient on most of the listed criteria. Does not meet the standards required for writing at a graduate level.
Criteria employed in the evaluation of written submissions are provided below:
- Research is evident, the student has reviewed literature that is relevant current and useful in understanding the topic. Not only books, but journals, monographs, research reports, and possibly non-print sources such as interviews, tapes, films, microfiche, and microfilm have been used.
- Sources of information are acknowledged in an acceptable manner (i.e., APA 6th Edition has been correctly employed). The names of authors consulted are used in the text of the paper.
- The paper says something substantive about the topic that is of value to the reader. The writer has been selective in the literature reviewed.
- The writer's own input is evident, the ideas taken from the literature are utilized to make observations, discuss implications, develop generalizations and draw conclusions.
- The paper is characterized by clarity simplicity, parsimony, and good English. It can be easily read and understood by a colleague.
- The paper has overall quality. The writer understands the topic and displays an ability to organize, to analyze, to synthesize, to evaluate ideas, and to express thoughts fluently.
Evaluation of Teaching
Evaluation of teaching is a Departmental practice for all courses taught. During the last two weeks of each course, students are asked to complete an online questionnaire (SEEQ) rating the strengths and weaknesses of the course and instruction. An opportunity is also provided for comment. The Student Evaluation of Educational Quality (SEEQ) is found in PAWS under the Student Course Tools tab.
Information gathered is confidential. NSIDs are used only to validate course registration and to ensure that no one completes the same evaluation more than once. After the final grades have been approved and posted, a summary of the numeric responses along with any written comments are released to the Department Head and the instructor.
Information for both domestic and international students with respect to tuition can be found here.
Limited funding may be available for Master's thesis students in the Department of Educational Administration. Amounts vary from year to year and are dependant on the size of the Department's cohort of graduate students at the Master's and doctoral levels. Students are reminded that the Department provides no guarantee of financial support for Master's students, and financial support should not be expected. Canadian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other international students may consider opportunities available through the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
Cautionary Note: This synopsis attempts to summarize as briefly and as accurately as possible some of the policies and regulations that govern graduate studies in the Department of Educational Administration. For more complete, detailed, and authoritative information, students should refer to the Graduate Student Handbook and the Course Catalogue of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and consult with both the College of Graduate Studies and the Department of Educational Administration.
All inquiries for further information or program details must be made—in writing—to the Department Head or Master's Programs Administration:
Dr David Burgess
Ms Katrina Hutchance