Prospective Graduate Students

Admissions Process Overview for all Graduate Students

Graduate students are registered in the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR). Graduate students are students of the academic unit or department with their chosen program. This is called your academic home. For these reasons, the admission process for graduate students is a two-level process. To understand how this works, please visit Admissions Process.

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College of Education Graduate Programs

Educational Administration (EADM)

The Department of Educational Administration offers four graduate programs focusing on key educational issues for the improvement and effectiveness of organizations, communities, and government.

Programs Available

  • Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Educational Administration (except under rare circumstances, international students are not admitted into the PGD program)
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Administration – Course-Based Program
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Administration – Thesis Program
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Administration

For more information please visit Department of Educational Administration (EADM)

Curriculum Studies (ECUR)

The Department of Curriculum Studies offers a flexible program with three defined areas of focus:

  • Curriculum,
  • Early Childhood Education, and
  • English as an Additional Language.


  •     M.Ed. (Thesis) - 21 credit units plus thesis
  •     M.Ed. (Project) - 24 credit units plus project (6 cu) – 30 cu total
  •     M.Ed (Portfolio) – 27 credit units plus portfolio (3 cu) – 30 cu total

For more information on this program please visit Department of Curriculum Studies (ECUR)

Educational Technology and Design (ETAD)

ETAD offers Three Routes to an M.Ed. Degree

  • Course-Based,
  • Project
  • Thesis

Students who may be interested in this area of study include:

  • Teachers who are interested in the application of technology in classrooms, or who are looking for leadership positions in technology education.
  • Educators interested in adult or continuing education, training programs in business and industry, and educational technology leadership positions in community colleges, training institutes and universities.
  • Educators interested in instructional design and who are interested in consulting with clients to solve instructional and information technology challenges.

Our alumni work in distance education, instructional design, information technology, web-based learning, multimedia design, training, media education and media administration.

For more information please visit Educational Technology and Design (ETAD)

Educational Foundations (EFDT)

Integrated Master of Education in Social and Ecological Justic Education

A program committed to social justice, Aboriginal, anti-racist, lifelong, and ecological education.

  • As an Integrated MEd student, you will have the opportunity to explore:
  • Social and ecological justice through education.
  • Aboriginal and anti-racist approaches to education.
  • Diverse foundational studies in education such as anthropology, history, philosophy, and sociology.
  • Critical perspectives on educational theory and practice.
  • Intellectual and social engagement within a diverse community of scholars and researchers.

The Department of Educational Foundations now offers its Integrated Master of Education through:

  • an Indigenous Land-Based cohort
  • a Critical Environmental cohort
  • a Lifelong Learning cohort

For more information please visit Department of Educational Foundations (EFDT)

Educational Psychology and Special Education (EPSE)

M.Ed. in School and Counselling Psychology

This two-year, full-time program will require the completion of 36 credit units plus a thesis.

Entrance requirements: a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology, a B.Ed., or a B.A. (Honours) in an area other than Psychology or Education.

The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Special Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Special Education is a research intensive program designed to prepare researchers and practitioners with specialization in either Applied Measurement & Evaluation or Special Education.

There is a thesis route (18 credit units plus thesis) and a course-based route (30 credit units).

For more information please visit Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education  (EPSE)

NEW! Cross Departmental PhD (PhD in Education for ECUR/ETAD, EFDT and EPSE)

The Departments of Curriculum Studies, Educational Foundations, and Educational Psychology and Special Education support doctoral studies through the cross departmental PhD in Education.

The PhD in Education is a research degree and graduates from this program may have goals of obtaining academic positions at other institutions and conducting education research for government, school divisions, First Nations and other research organizations.  The program delivery is intended to be flexible with decisions on program delivery and specific program requirements decided by the student’s advisory committee.  Students will be trained in educational research and have support from an advisory committee whose regular members draw expertise from Curriculum Studies (curriculum innovation, early childhood education, English as an additional language, and educational technology and design), Educational Foundations (social and ecological justice education, Indigenous Education), Educational Psychology and Special Education (including applied measurement and program evaluation, special education, and school-based assessment).

The PhD in Education program consists of a minimum of 15 credit units (9 required credit units focused on research methodology, plus 6 required credit units that support the student’s specific area of research).  Students may also take up to 6 cu of coursework through another Western Canadian university after a term of study if these courses are approved as part of their official Program of Studies.


The application and references are online and other items are to be sent to the College through the Research and Graduate Programs Assistant.  The Research and Graduate Programs Assistant will prepare your file for the graduate chair who will facilitate the review of your application by individual faculty.  If a department/ faculty member is able to recommend your application then your file will be reviewed by the cross departmental committee in Education before it can be considered by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Applications are reviewed on a seasonal basis and applications should be complete and ready to review six months before start dates. 


Send the following to the Research and Graduate Programs Assistant:

  • A letter of intent using the following template.  In a 400- 600 word letter addressed to the Graduate Chair, College of Education:
    • identify your area of research interest and identify faculty in the College of Education who you see as having similar areas of research.
    • describe how your professional  and academic background prepares you for the program of study you wish to undertake.  We invite you to provide a brief description of your last degree requirements and your motivation for the research you intend to investigate.
    • indicate a proposed timeline for your study.  While the Ph.D. program is a full time graduate program which can be completed in 3-4 years of full time study, we appreciate that some individuals may have special circumstances i.e., a need to balance professional commitments and school, or may require online and distance learning options.
  • A two page (maximum) research statement with bibliography and citations. Your outline should include a research question and provide context, objectives and the methodology for your research. Please describe your intended contribution to the advancement of knowledge in your research area.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.  Presentations, publications, academic or professional awards can be listed or presented on a separate page.  
  • Official copes of your academic transcripts from each university (other than the U of S) that you attended: photocopies are fine at the time of initial application.
  • English Language Proficiency test scores (if required). For Language Requirements, please see  Photocopies are fine at the time of initial application.
  • Additional items such as a writing sample or a detailed research statement may be required during the review of your application. 

The letter of intent and copies of documents can be sent to  Please arrange to have sent all official documents sent direct to: 

Research and Graduate Programs Assistant
Rm. 3311, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive   Saskatoon SK   S7N 0X1


  • Master of Education (MEd) or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. See the College of Graduate Studies and Research Academic Information and Policies for more information.

For inquiries about PhD programs in the College of Education, you are invited to contact the Research and Graduate Programs assistant or graduate chairs supporting your research area.

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