Doctoral Program with IPE Specialization

Grounded in the traditions of the Aboriginal peoples of Alberta, the international and interdisciplinary focus of this specialization attracts students from a variety of disciplines and locations. This specialization combines the conventional parameters and standards of university education with the collective efforts of Indigenous students, scholars, and Elders.

Program structure

The EdD and PhD degrees across the Faculty require a minimum of ★36. This normally includes a minimum of ★24 in graduate courses and a dissertation.

At this time, the IPE program is only admitting to the PhD route.

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

Department Core Courses

  • EDPS 680 - Policy Research and Education
  • EDPS 681 - Frameworks for Research in Educational Policy Studies

Specialization Core Courses

  • EDPS 535 - Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • EDPS 537 - Issues in Indigenous Education
  • EDPS 538 - From Oral Tradition to Written Text
  • EDPS 539 - Revitalizing Indigenous Language

Specialization optional courses

None at this time.

Departmental options

  • 500-level or 600-level courses taken across the department or faculty chosen to enhance the program

A list of courses to be offered during the Fall Session (September to December) and Winter Session (January to April) can be found through Bear Tracks, the University's secure online service for students, applicants, and staff. Information about courses offered during the Intersession (May to August) will be available on Bear Tracks when the University publishes its Spring/Summer Guide, normally by December.

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


Registration in 900-level THES. All students in a doctoral program are required to present a dissertation embodying the results of their research on a topic approved by their supervisor and supervisory committee.

Candidacy examination

The completion of coursework, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and the Candidacy Exam must be completed within three years of the start of the program. For part time students, these requirements must be complete within four years of the start of the program.