Master of Education in Educational Studies (MES)

Program Details

The MEd in HSE program is offered through the Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Health Sciences Council.

This program supports health professionals who wish to study while remaining in their full-time/part-time employment. It also supports the concurrent application and sharing of new knowledge and skills with other educators and practitioners in the workplace.


The program is designed to be taken part-time through a blended, flexible delivery format consisting of a small number of face-to-face classes combined with synchronous and asynchronous online sessions. Each blended delivery course is eight weeks long. The course instructor(s) determine when the face-to-face and synchronous sessions occur. Please note: EDPY 597 Curriculum Studies in the Health Sciences (*3) is delivered face-to-face, during 5 consecutive full-time days.

Course-based and Thesis-based

Students can complete either a course-based or a thesis-based MEd in HSE.

All students are admitted to the course-based route; however, on completion of *6 to *9 (credits) of required coursework and in consultation with their advisor(s) they may change to a thesis route.

  • The course-based MEd in HSE consists of *30 in coursework (*24 from required courses, *6 from elective courses) and a *3 capping project.
  • The thesis-based MEd in HSE consists of *24 of required coursework and a thesis (equivalent to *9).

Regardless of the route selected, students are expected to author or co-author a project that will be presented and submitted for publication.


Students meet with the MEd in HSE Program Advisor upon entry to the program.

In the course-based route, a co-supervisor will be chosen from a health science faculty and will act as a second reader in the capping exercise.

Students who choose the thesis-based route will be assigned a co-supervisor from a health science faculty.  

Academic Components

Six academic components serve as a foundation for the program:

  1. Philosophy of Teaching & Learning
  2. Pedagogy of Adult Learning
  3. Pedagogy of Technology Integration
  4. Theories of Curriculum
  5. Research Design
  6. Assessment & Evaluation

Core Courses

All MEd in HSE students (course-based and thesis-based) are required to take the following core courses:

EDPY 597 Philosophy of Teaching
EDPY 597 Learning and Teaching at the Adult Level
EDPY 501 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research in the Health Sciences
EDPY 597 Curriculum Studies in the Health Sciences
EDPY 597 Program Evaluation
EDPY 597 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
EDPY 597 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Sciences I
EDPY 597 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Sciences II

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Course-based Program

Students in the course-based MEd in HSE are required to take two graduate-level (500 or higher) elective courses. Elective courses are selected in consultation with each student's advisor/supervisor(s). 

In addition, students must complete EDPY 903 Directed Research Project. 

Thesis-based Program

Students in the thesis-based MEd in HSE must complete 900-level THES.

Length of Program

The program is designed to be completed in two years of part-time study.

However, the maximum time to complete as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is as follows:

  • Course-based students must complete all the requirements within six years of the term in which they first register.
  • Thesis-based students must complete all the requirements within four years of the term in which they first register. 


Each required course in the program is assessed a fee of $1600.00.

Click here for information on fees for elective courses and non-instructional fees.

Fees are due at the start of each term.