The 19 Best Educational Administration Grad Programs in Canada

Your Quick Reference Guide to Choosing the Perfect Educational Administration Graduate Program

Thinking of applying to an educational administration + leadership graduate program in Canada?

According to the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, there are 19 top Canadian universities to choose from when it comes to selecting an education program. That’s a lot of websites to search through just to figure out what educational administration programs these schools offer.

But don’t worry, I’ve already done the research for you!

In this quick reference guide, you’ll find at-a-glance information about what educational administration degrees each university offers, application fees, eligibility criteria, and a link to each program website.

Choosing the right grad program can be stressful - but it doesn’t have to be. I hope this guide makes the process a little simpler…and a lot more enjoyable ;)

University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Credentials offered: MA (Educational Leadership & Policy or Higher Education), MEd (Educational Leadership & Policy or Higher Education), EdD (International Educational Leadership & Policy or Higher Education), PhD (Educational Leadership & Policy or Higher Education), Certificate (Leadership in Higher Education)
Application fee: $220
Eligibility: High academic standing in relevant baccalaureate and/or master’s degree(s), and professional experience (required for PhD part-time program)
Website: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Programs/index.html

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University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Department: Educational Studies
Credentials offered: MA (Educational Leadership & Administration), MEd (Educational Administration & Leadership), EdD (Educational Leadership & Policy), PhD (Educational Studies), Graduate Certificate (Higher Education or Educational Administration & Leadership)
Application fee: $104
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (B+ or 76% average) or master’s degree (high academic standing), and 5+ years of professional experience (EdD only). Evidence of professional experience must be provided for entry into the Graduate Certificate programs.
Website: http://edst.educ.ubc.ca/programs/educational-administration-leadership/

*Note: A combination of education and professional experience may also be considered.

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McGill University

Location: Montréal, Québec
Department: Integrated Studies in Education
Credentials offered: MA (Educational Leadership), PhD (Educational Studies), Graduate Certificate (Educational Leadership)
Application fee: $117.35
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (3.0 CPGA or 3.2 GPA) or master’s degree (3.2 CPGA), 2+ years of relevant leadership or teaching experience, and relevant practical or research experience (PhD only)
Website: https://mcgill.ca/dise/grad

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University of Alberta

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Department: Educational Policy Studies
Credentials offered: MEd, EdD, PhD (Educational Administration & Leadership)
Application fee: $100
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (3.0+ GPA) or master’s degree (3.5+ GPA) and 2+ years of teaching or professional experience
Website: https://www.ualberta.ca/educational-policy-studies/programs/graduate-programs

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Concordia University

Location: Montréal, Québec
Department: Education
Credentials offered: MA (Educational Studies), PhD (Education)*
Application fee: $100
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (3.0+ GPA) or master’s degree (high academic standing) and 2+ years of professional activity in education or undergraduate record with at least 3 courses in education
Website: https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/education/programs/graduate.html

*Note: Concordia University does not have a specific degree in educational administration, policy, or leadership. Degrees such as the MA (Educational Studies) and PhD (Education) may cover administration + leadership issues and topics.

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University of Ottawa

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Faculty: Education
Credentials offered: MA, MEd, PhD (Leadership, Evaluation, Curriculum and Policy Studies)
Application fee: $100
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (B+ or 70% average) or master’s degree (B+ or 75% average)
Website: https://education.uottawa.ca/en/programs/graduate-studies

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Simon Fraser University

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Faculty: Education
Credentials offered: MEd (Imaginative K-12 Leadership or Post-Secondary, Student Affairs & Services), EdD (Educational Leadership), Certificate (Educational Leadership)*
Application fee: $90
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (3.3+ GPA) or master’s degree (high academic standing), demonstrated interest in this field, and several years of educational leadership experience
Website: http://www.sfu.ca/education/gs/areas-of-study/educleadership/

*Note: Not all programs are offered each year.

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University of Calgary

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Faculty: Werklund School of Education
Credentials offered: MA (Leadership), MEd (Specialist Route), EdD, PhD (Leadership)
Application fee: $125
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (3.0+ GPA) or master’s degree (3.5 GPA), and relevant practical experience in area of specialization
Website: https://werklund.ucalgary.ca/gpe/leadership

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University of Victoria

Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Department: Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies
Credentials offered: MA (Leadership), MEd (Leadership), PhD (Leadership Studies)*
Application fee: $126.50
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (B+ average) or master’s degree (A- average), and 3+ years of field or leadership experience
Website: https://www.uvic.ca/education/areas-study/leadership/

Note: The PhD program in Leadership Studies is by special arrangement only and requires department approval before the application process can begin. Applicants are encouraged to contact specific faculty members to inquire.

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Université de Montréal

Location: Montréal, Québec
Department: Département d’administration et fondements de l’éducation
Credentials offered: MA, MÉd, PhD, DÉd (administration de l’éducation), diplômes d’études supérieures spécialisées (spécialisation diverse), microprogrammes (spécialisation diverse)
Application fee: 102,50 $ (cycles supérieures), 22,60 $ (un module ou à un microprogramme)
Eligibility: L’admission aux programmes de 2e cycle (microprogrammes, D.E.S.S et maîtrise) requiert un baccalauréat et pour une admission aux programmes de 3e cycle, une maîtrise, ou l’équivalent, est habituellement exigée
Website: https://fse.umontreal.ca/etudes-de-2e-et-3e-cycles/

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Queen’s University

Location: Kingston, Ontario
Faculty: Education
Credentials offered: MEd
(personalized research focus), PhD (Leadership & Policy Studies)
Application fee:
$105
Eligibility:
Baccalaureate degree (B- or 70%) or master’s degree (first class standing), and 2+ years of professional experience
Website:
https://educ.queensu.ca/grad

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York University

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Faculty: Education
Credentials offered:
MLCE (Master of Leadership & Community Engagement), Graduate Diploma (Post-Secondary Education: Community, Culture & Policy)
Application fee:
$100
Eligibility:
Baccalaureate degree (B+ average)
Website:
https://edu.yorku.ca/academic-programs/graduate-studies/

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University of Manitoba

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Department: Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology
Credentials offered: MEd
(Educational Administration), PhD
Application fee:
$100
Eligibility:
Baccalaureate degree (3.0 GPA) or master’s degree and 2+ years of teaching and/or professional experience
Website:
http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admissions/programs/education.html

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Université du Québec

The Université du Québec is a system of ten public universities in Québec, Canada. Please visit the website for a list of all education programs.
Website:
http://www.uquebec.ca/reseau/fr

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Université Laval

Location: Québec City, Québec
Faculty: Sciences de l’éducation
Credentials offered: MA
(administration et politiques de l’éducation), diplômes d’études supérieures spécialisées (gestion scolaire - gestion des établissements scolaires), microprogramme (administration et politiques de l’éducation - leadership pour une nouvelle école), PhD (administration et politiques de l’éducation)
Application fee:
84 $
Eligibility:
Un baccalauréat ou une maîtrise (une moyenne de diplomation égale ou supérieure à
3, 1, sur 4,33, ou l’équivalent). Le candidat qui possède une combinaison d’études et d’éxpérience jugées équivalentes est également admissible
Website:
https://www.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire.html

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Faculty: Education
Credentials offered: MEd (Educational Leadership Studies), PhD (Education - Post-Secondary Studies specialization only), Diploma (Educational Leadership Studies)
Application fee: $60
Eligibility: Baccalaureate degree (70% average) or master’s degree (A average) and 2+ years of teaching or professional experience in an educational setting
Website: https://www.mun.ca/educ/programs/graduate/

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University of Saskatchewan

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Department: Educational Administration
Credentials offered: MEd, PhD
Application fee:
$90
Eligibility:
Baccalaureate degree (70% average) or master’s degree (70% average)
Website:
https://grad.usask.ca/programs/educational-administration.php

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Université de Sherbrooke

Location: Sherbrooke, Québec
Faculty:
Éducation
Credentials offered:
MÉd (gestion de l’éducation et de la formation), diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (gestion de l’éducation), microprogramme (administration scolaire), DEdu, PhD
Application fee:
87 $
Eligibility:
Un baccalauréat ou une maîtrise ou l’équivalent et expérience pertinente
Website:
https://www.usherbrooke.ca/education/

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University of Windsor

Location: Windsor, Ontario
Faculty:
Education
Credentials offered: MEd
(Educational Administration), PhD (Policy and Leadership)*
Application fee:
$125
Eligibility:
Baccalaureate degree (70% average) or master’s degree (77% average), and 1+ year(s) of professional experience
Website:
http://www.uwindsor.ca/graduate-studies/318/education

Note: The PhD program is a joint program offered by Brock University, Lakehead University, and University of Windsor.

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Did you find this guide useful? Have you taken an educational administration graduate program?
Let me know in the comments section!

Christine

Create an Educational Administration & Leadership Reading Journal in 3 Easy Steps

Learn to curate references & customize an organizational system to help you retain what you’ve read

Want a system for keeping track of the educational administration books and articles you’ve read?

A recent article by Inc. suggests that simply reflecting on what you’ve read helps to retain the content in your memory and connect it to your existing knowledge on the subject. Imagine applying this system to your educational administration & leadership research - how helpful would it be to be able to recall important information from all the research you’ve read?

One of the greatest challenges of grad school can be retaining information from countless books and academic articles. If you’ve ever experienced forgetting most of what you’re read right after reading it, a research reading journal can change that!

A reading journal will help you to:

  • Remember key concepts from books and articles you’ve read.

  • Build on your existing knowledge on the subject of educational administration.

  • Connect more deeply to a field of study.

  • Create a go-to reference library for whenever you start a new research project.

The best part of starting a research journal is that you can start one today, and for next to nothing.

Materials needed:

  • A journal or notebook.

  • Writing instruments.

  • Curated articles, books, and online articles from your research collection (optional).

  • Coloured tabs or sticky notes to organize your research (optional).

Choose a Notebook

Everyone’s preference for choosing a notebook is different - and yours probably is, too!

While you don’t need to necessarily go out and buy an expensive notebook for this project (student budgets are tight, am I right?), consider investing either some money or some time into making the notebook something special that you can easily carry with you. I recommend an A5-sized notebook.

Pro tip: Science says that when we invest our money into something, we tend to take it more seriously. So, even if it’s $9 (like my notebook from Indigo, featured in the photo below), investing some money into your notebook almost guarantees that you will appreciate it more.

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If you already have a notebook, great! If not, find one or buy one, and don’t stress about how beautiful it is. The best notebook is one that is full of your thoughts and ideas.

Curate a Collection of References

You’ve got a notebook and now you’re ready to start writing.

If you’re anything like me, you may already have a bookshelf crammed with books and stacks of journal articles. In fact, the real challenge may be choosing just one research article to start with. Hint: start with the one that sparks the most interest and inspires you!

But maybe you haven’t already curated a small library of reference materials. And that’s totally fine. If you’re a newbie, there are some helpful places you can look for inspiration:

  • The reference pages (also called bibliographies) of your favourite research articles.

  • Search your university library using keywords.

  • Recommendations on Mendeley, Goodreads, or Amazon.

  • Ask your instructor(s) or peers for recommendations (this is how I discovered many great books!).

Start collecting references that you’ve read or that you want to read. These could be journal articles, books, online articles, blog posts, social media posts, and recordings. It’s important to note that not all texts you choose to write about in this journal have to come from the field of educational administration & leadership. In some cases, they might be texts that are seemingly unrelated, but which actually have a connection in some way (e.g. articles from the fields of public administration or educational technology).

Organize Your Research Reading Journal

There is no one right way to organize your reading journal. Take some time to think about what information you want to capture. I recommend ensuring you can fit all the important information on 1-2 pages of your journal so that it’s easy to flip through.

You may want to include the following content:

  • Title of book/article and a numbering system (e.g. 001, 002, 003).

  • Author(s)

  • Publication info, such as name of journal, volume, issue, no., year, page numbers, and name of publishers (also include location information for books).

  • Keywords

  • Purpose

  • Methodology and overview of research design

  • A brief summary of the major findings of the study

  • Memorable quotes that you can draw on for future research

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Of course, there may be times when you want to refer back to a research article you read or even re-read it for a new research project. A free management tool such as Mendeley allows you to create a library of research articles, which you can use for future reference.

Bonus Step: Set a Reading Goal

Now that you have a collection of articles and books to write about, how about setting a reading goal to keep you on track? By setting a reading goal, you’ll ensure that you make time in your busy schedule to read new research.


Share Your Work!

I hope that your reading journal is a success! Please post below to let me know how this project worked for you or tag me using #valentineacademia to show me your journal on social media. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Christine