Doctor of Philosophy

The central objective of our Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration degree is to provide a problem- and inquiry-driven environment through enriched 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 PhD Program students to conduct and defend an original piece of research that makes a contribution to our field of knowledge. Further to this, however, given that 65% of our PhD graduates pursue academic positions in Universities and Colleges, our objective is to mentor and support the development of future national and international researchers, scholars, advisers, and teachers.

Program objectives are achieved through the accessibility to experiences that facilitate academic attainment within program coursework and the successful completion of a research project resulting in the production of a dissertation. Required coursework for all doctoral students in the Department includes a predominance of theoretical content.  Furthermore, objectives are achieved through the following programmatic and extra-curricular opportunities: mentorship with Department faculty, 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, co-instruction, 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 PhD program must be made in writing to the Department Head or Graduate Programs Administative Assistant.

New to EADM and 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 and areas of specialization within the Department that is assumed as you make your way through other areas of the 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.

Areas of Specialization

The PhD Program is focused around the areas of specialization maintained by the members of faculty within the Department. Students may engage in elective coursework from other departments within the College of Education, and—where approved by the advisory committee—the University of Saskatchewan, and other universities in Canada and elsewhere. Advisory committees are selected such that expertise supports the candidate's specialized interest.

As a departmental unit, we maintain specialization in educational issues for the improvement and effectiveness of organizations, communities, and government. However, individual faculty hold personal specializations in traditional and emerging areas. The Department welcomes doctoral students who have an interest in paralleling their own research with that of a particular faculty member. Doctoral students are also afforded the opportunity, through our internal dissertation proposal development process, to develop their own personal academic interests or those of their home or sponsoring organization. Methodologically, the Department supports a wide range of orientations and dispositions, driven by the interests of the graduate students themselves. We are able to support research rigour across qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies.

Simply put, given the demands of our field of study, a broad and eclectic collection of specializations are required.

Admissions

From application to graduation, the Department of Educational Administration expects academic integrity.

Students seeking entry into the Doctoral program within the Department of Educational Administration are required to have:

  • successfully completed a Master of Education (Thesis) degree or equivalent;
  • two or more years of successful teaching experience or equivalent;
  • high academic standing in undergraduate and graduate degrees;
  • three favourable academic recommendations;
  • favourable recommendation from the Admissions Committee of the Department (which may require GRE, MAT, 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—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.

Degree Requirements

Students accepted into the doctoral program are required to complete a minimum of 18 credit units (six courses) if their Master's degree were in the field of Educational Administration, or up to 24 credit units (eight courses) if their Master's degree were in a non-cognate discipline—of which (for all students regardless of background) one course in advanced organizational analysis, one course in advanced policy analysis, one course in qualitative educational research methods, one course in quantitative educational research methods, and one non-credit course in research ethics are engaged.

Subject to policies and recomendations of Disability Services for Students, and accomodation policies of the Department, all PhD students are required to engage in cohort-based full-time study during their first year in the doctoral program.  

The doctoral program in Educational Administration is not available on-line.

Following successful completion of coursework, the student is given four weeks to prepare for a comprehensive candidacy examination.

Following successful completion of candidacy, under the supervision of a member of faculty, the student is required to produce a dissertation, and engage members of a supervisory committee in defense of the document on two separate occasions—the first, 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.

Program Duration

Domestic students admitted into the doctoral program typically require three or four years to complete their studies—returning to work following the year of coursework often increases the time period required to complete.  Non-English as a first language international students admitted into the doctoral program have historically required an additional year to complete their studies.

Program Results

Students are advised that completion of a doctoral 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.

Applications

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 programme. 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 Doctoral Programme 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 doctoral studies in the Department of Educational Administration;
    • evidence of scholarship and research capability (students should submit a published journal article, or an electronic copy of one's thesis);
    • 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, a pdf version for 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;
    • in fewer than 800 words, a completed research statement describing your academic interests in the study of the administration or leadership of schools, educational programming, or educational systems through each of the following: 
      • an explanation of the research problem you intend to investigate;
      • an explanation of how your prospective doctoral research relates to your Master's-level research OR an explanation of your motivation for pursuing the intended research (from where does your prospecitive doctoral research topic/question come?);
      • an explanation of why the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan is suitable for pursuing your research interests;
      • an explanation of your professional and/or academic aspirations (how will a PhD in Educational Administration support the development of your career goals?).

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.

Compulsory doctoral courses begin in September of each year—students are only admitted with September start-dates. The application deadline for the September cohort start date is November 30 of the previous year.  All applications must be received or franked by November 30, and applications are only considered after that date.

Location, Tuition Costs, and Financial Support

Information for both domestic and international students with respect to tuition can be found here.

In addition to entrance scholarship opportunities, fully qualified doctoral students may receive financial support, but there is no way for the Department to guarantee support. Teaching fellowships may be available, but 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 (12) 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.  CanadianChineseVietnamese, and other international students may consider opportunities available through the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Special Applications under the Onion Lake PhD Cohort Agreement

Potential students with an interest in applying for a seat in the Onion Lake PhD Cohort are advised that all application paperwork has been extended and is now due September 1, 2014.  Applications are made as they would be for any other September cohort with the exception of this special application deadline.

Current Students

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 Doctoral Programme in the Department of Educational Administration are outlined below.

Program Requirements

Doctoral students are required to engage studies prior to Candidacy on a full-time basis.

Students with a Master's degree in the field of educational administration must complete a minimum of 18 credit units (equivalent to 6 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) at the 800 (graduate) level. Students without this background must complete a minimum of 24 credit units (8 single-term credit-based classes) at the 800 level.

  • The following 12 credit units and non-credit courses are prescribed as required courses in the first year of study: EADM 881.3, EADM 884.3, EADM 885.3, EADM 990.X, EADM 996.X, ERES 840.3, 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.
  • The remaining courses required to fulfill minimum credit units in the programme of study shall enhance the student's substantive background in the field of educational administration and support the research focus of the dissertation.
  • The second year of study, and every year thereafter in which the student is a member of the programme, shall be devoted to the writing of a dissertation.

Additional Requirements

Students are advised to consider that

  • a qualifying examination may be required in advance of full acceptance into the Doctoral Programme in the Department of Educational Administration;
  • students may be required by the Advisory Committee to engage in additional course work in support of the research focus;
  • all doctoral students are required to take a Comprehensive Candidacy Examination following the completion of all course work requirements.

Deferrals, Time Limit, and Application to Graduate

Save exceptional circumstances, the Department of Educational Administration does not permit doctoral program entry date deferrals.  Applicants unable to begin their program in September immediately following their admission will be required to reapply for entry.  The time limit for completing a program of studies is six 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.

Course Offerings

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.  

N.B.: In 2014, the University made changes to the current course offerings schedule interface.  This change has caused much confusion for students in our graduate programs on account of the anomalous nature of our course schedule system.  To find the dates for a particular class, once classes are listed for a term, select the link attached to the course CRN number. 

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.  For PhD students, this may apply with respect to elective courses—but does not apply for required courses, which are offered only through face-to-face delivery.

Courses Requiring Departmental Approval or Special Permission, and Course Waiting Lists

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, special permission, or to have your name added to a waiting list for sections that are currently full, 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, including those seeking to have their name added to waiting lists for full sections, 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.

Deadlines

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The paper says something substantive about the topic that is of value to the reader. The writer has been selective in the literature reviewed.
  4. 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.
  5. The paper is characterized by clarity simplicity, parsimony, and good English. It can be easily read and understood by a colleague.
  6. 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.

Tuition Costs and Financial Support

Information for both domestic and international students with respect to tuition can be found here.

In addition to entrance scholarship opportunities, fully qualified doctoral students may receive financial support. Teaching fellowships may be available. 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 all students, and financial support should not be expected. CanadianChineseVietnamese, and other international students may consider opportunities available through the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Inquiries

 
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 Doctoral Program Administration:

Dr David Burgess
Head and Graduate Chair
Department of Educational Administration
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Canada

Ms Shauna Quintin
Doctoral Program Administration
Department of Educational Administration
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Canada

  • Tel: +1 (306) 966-7558
  • Fax: +1 (306) 966-7644