Department of Educational Policy Studies

Adult, Community and Higher Education


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 EdD and PhD degree require a minimum of ★36 which normally includes a minimum of ★24 in graduate courses and a dissertation.

Department core courses

Coursework common to all doctoral programs include:

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


  • 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 the University of Alberta Bear Tracks system.

Information about courses offered during the Intersession (May to August) will be available on the U of A Bear Tracks system when the University of Alberta 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.

Candidacy examination

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires that all programs requirements, other than the thesis, must be completed within three years of the commencement of a student’s program. This includes the completion of a student’s course work, the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training and the candidacy oral.


Every candidate shall present a thesis embodying the results of his or her research. In accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) regulations, the final oral examination will be on the thesis and matters related to the thesis.