Master's Program with ACHE Specialization

This specialization provides advanced study for individuals who work with adults in the capacity of teaching, administration, or community leadership within a variety of institutional, community, and workplace settings throughout the world.

Program structure

The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of ★33 for course-based programs, or ★24 for thesis-based programs. This includes ★6 in the department core courses and ★6 in the specialization core courses. Each student's program includes study in core areas, research methods, electives, and a thesis or capping exercise.

See the Graduate Course List for current Educational Policy Studies graduate courses.

Department Core Courses

  • EDPS 580 - Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspective & Practice
  • EDPS 581 - Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research

Specialization Core Courses

  • EDPS 521 - Adult Learning and Development
  • EDPS 577 - Foundations of Adult and Higher Education


500-level and above courses taken across the department or faculty, chosen in consultation with the supervisor or program advisor.

Students may undertake a supervised individual study course if permitted by their specialization program and only with prior approval by their advisor/supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. Permission will not be granted if the proposed content is available through regular course offerings.

A list of courses to be offered throughout the year can be found by accessing Bear Tracks.

Course-Based Program

EDPS 900 - Directed Research Project

Thesis-Based Program

Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a thesis-based Master of Education shall present a thesis embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor.

Possible Concentrations in a Program

In addition to the above required courses, students may select from a wide range of electives to fulfill their individual learning goals. Some suggested alignment with Educational Policy Studies elective courses are listed below for key interest areas in adult, community, and higher education.

  1. Higher Education: 511, 512, 526, 547, 548, 560, 561, 563, 564, 571, 572, 635, 671, 672
  2. Workplace Learning: 511, 512, 526, 541, 545, 547, 560, 561, 564, 585, 635
  3. Community Education & Social Change: 520, 522, 528, 547, 563, 564, 567, 575, 578, 579, 585
  4. Global/International Education: 520, 522, 523, 525, 528, 548, 564, 575, 585