Higher Education

Program Overview

The Higher Education program is offered by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Courses of study lead to the Master of Arts (MA)Master of Education (MEd)Doctor of Education (EdD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Three fields are offered:

  • Education in the Professions (MEd)
  • Higher Education (MA, MEd, EdD, PhD)
  • Student Development and Student Services in Higher Education (MEd)

Applications must be made to one of these fields according to the degree level of interest.

 


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Application payment deadline EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

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Supporting documents deadline EdD, MA, MEd, PhD:

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Minimum admission average MA, MEd:

Mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

EdD, PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

MA, MEd:

Mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

EdD, PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

No

PhD:

No

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? EdD, MA, PhD:

After

EdD, MA, PhD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? EdD, MA, PhD:

No

EdD, MA, PhD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? EdD, MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

EdD, MA, PhD:

Graduate unit

Program length (full-time only) EdD, PhD:

4 years

MA:

5 sessions

MEd:

4 or 5 sessions (two options)

EdD, PhD:

4 years

MA:

5 sessions


Master of Arts​

Program Description

The MA in Higher Education is a research-stream program that focuses on higher education as a field of study. It best serves students seeking the knowledge and research skills needed to pursue administrative and policy careers related to higher education. The MA program also prepares students to pursue doctoral studies in higher education and related fields.

The MA is available through both full-time and part-time studies. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 3803H Doctoral Seminar: Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods approved by the faculty advisor.

    • 3.0 other FCEs, of which 1.5 FCEs must be from the Higher Education program.

  • Thesis.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Master of Education​

Program Description

The Master of Education is a course-based, professional degree designed primarily for higher education professionals seeking to advance their understanding of the issues confronting their institution and the postsecondary system. It best serves students seeking research-informed knowledge on how colleges and universities work in order to pursue or advance administrative and policy careers related to higher education. The program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Master of Education is offered in three fields: Education in the Professions; Higher Education; and Student Development and Student Services in Higher Education.
 

The Education in the Professions field is a course-based professional master’s designed for individuals working in areas such as the health professions, law and law enforcement, engineering, and public services, who are planning a career in educational administration, teaching, and leadership. The program introduces the broader area of higher education as well as current issues and research methods in education research in the professions. The field is offered in two options:

  • Coursework Only (Option IV).

  • Coursework Plus Major Research Paper (Option II).

Students initially apply to and register in the MEd Option IV. For registration in Option II, department permission is required.
 

The Higher Education field is offered in two delivery models:

  • Regular MEd stream: students are accepted every year and can register on a full-time or part-time basis.

  • Leadership Cohort stream: available in select years. The focus of the cohort is on leadership in higher education, and the expectation is that students have experience in, or are aspiring to, work in that professional capacity in colleges or universities. Students move through the program as a cohort and register part-time. Classes are generally offered in a compressed format to suit working professionals. Applicants must specify interest in the cohort in their Statement of Intent. However, due to limited space, admission to the program does not guarantee membership in the Leadership Cohort.
     

The Student Development and Student Services in Higher Education field is designed for student development and student services professionals who are seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills that are evidence and experientially based to provide leadership in various types of postsecondary institutions.
 

MEd Program (Field: Education in the Professions)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Program Requirements​ (Option IV)

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 1.0 FCE in the Education in the Professions field.

    • 1.0 FCE in the general Higher Education program.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods approved by the faculty advisor.

    • 2.0 FCEs in electives.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time
 

Program Requirements (Option II)

Students initially apply to and register in the MEd Option IV. For registration in Option II, department permission is required.

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 1.0 FCE in the Education in the Professions field.

    • 1.0 FCE in the general Higher Education.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods.

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

  • Major Research Paper (MRP): LHA 2001Y0 Major Research Paper, to be carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time
 

MEd Program (Field: Higher Education)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students pursue the MEd Option IV degree program and must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods.

    • 4.0 FCEs in electives, of which 1.5 FCEs must be from the Higher Education program.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time
 

MEd Program (Field: Student Development and Student Services in Higher Education)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students pursue the MEd Option IV degree program and must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • 1.5 FCEs in Student Development and Student Services:

      • LHA 1844H The Student Experience in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE).

      • LHA 1854H Student Development Theory (0.5 FCE).

      • LHA 1856H Advanced Student Development Theories in Higher Education (0.5 FCE).

    • 3.0 FCEs including:

      • 0.5 FCE from the Higher Education program.

      • 0.5 FCE in research methods.

    • Depending on an individual student's professional experience, students may be advised to take LHA 1853H Introduction to Student Services (0.5 FCE).

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
10 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Doctor of Education​

Program Description

The EdD Program in Higher Education is intended to shape highly competent professionals in leadership positions in higher education administration or policy. It best serves students seeking the knowledge and research skills needed to pursue research-grounded professional careers in colleges, universities, government agencies, professional associations, and international organizations.

The EdD program can be pursued either on a part-time or full-time basis. The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
 

EdD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Relevant and acceptable MEd or MA. In individual cases, students with a highly relevant master’s degree or other equivalent graduate degree may be admitted, but additional courses in Higher Education will be required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE).

    • at least 1.0 other FCE in Higher Education.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods approved by the faculty advisor.

    • 1.0 FCE selected either in Higher Education or in another graduate program at OISE or, with the approval of the faculty advisor, in another graduate department at the University of Toronto.

    • supervised applied research practicum (0.5 FCE).

    • collaborative proseminar (0.5 FCE).

  • Comprehensive examination. The objective of the doctoral comprehensive examination is to ensure that all students master at least one substantive research area in Higher Education and have the capacity to develop their own written analysis of selected issues within this area. The examination is designed to ensure that students are familiar with the literature and concepts associated with their special area of study within the field of Higher Education.

  • Thesis reporting the results of original research on an applied topic in postsecondary education.

  • Students may begin their EdD degree on a full-time or a part-time basis but must maintain continuous registration. They must register full-time for a minimum of two consecutive sessions, not including Summer, of on-campus study. Once enrolled full-time, students must maintain continuous registration full-time and pay full-time fees until all degree requirements, including the thesis, are completed.

  • Students cannot normally transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 6 years part-time

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD Program in Higher Education fosters research-grounded study of higher education administration and policy. It best serves students seeking the knowledge and research skills needed to pursue careers in colleges, universities, government agencies, professional associations, and international organizations as a higher education expert. The program offers both full-time and flexible-time options.

The Doctor of Philosophy is available in two delivery models:

  • Regular PhD stream: students are accepted every year into the full-time or flexible-time program.

  • The Community College Leadership (CCL) Cohort: available in select years. The CCL Cohort is designed for emerging college leaders and focuses specifically on the college system. The CCL is mostly offered in compressed mode, mainly on weekends, to suit working professionals pursuing a flexible-time program. Applicants must specify their interest in the CCL Cohort in their Statement of Intent.

The department welcomes applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds.
 

PhD Program (Full-Time Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Relevant and acceptable MEd or MA. In individual cases, students with a highly relevant master’s degree or other equivalent graduate degree may be admitted, but additional courses in Higher Education may be required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 3803H Doctoral Seminar: Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • LHA 3804H Doctoral Research Seminar in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • at least 1.0 other FCE in Higher Education.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods approved by the faculty advisor.

    • 0.5 FCE selected either in Higher Education or in another graduate program at OISE, or, with the approval of the faculty advisor, in another graduate department at the University of Toronto.

  • ​Comprehensive examination. The objective of the doctoral comprehensive examination is to ensure that all students master at least one substantive research area in Higher Education and have the capacity to develop their own written analysis of selected issues within this area. The examination is designed to ensure that students are familiar with the literature and concepts associated with their special area of study within the field of Higher Education.

  • Thesis reporting the results of original research in postsecondary education.

  • Students must register continuously and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

  • Students cannot normally transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years
 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Relevant and acceptable MEd or MA. In individual cases, students with a highly relevant master’s degree or other equivalent graduate degree may be admitted, but additional courses in Higher Education may be required.

  • Applicants should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Applicants should have capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • LHA 3803H Doctoral Seminar: Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • LHA 3804H Doctoral Research Seminar in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

    • at least 1.0 other FCE in Higher Education.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods approved by the faculty advisor.

    • 0.5 FCE selected either in Higher Education or in another graduate program at OISE, or, with the approval of the faculty advisor, in another graduate department at the University of Toronto.

  • ​Comprehensive examination. The objective of the doctoral comprehensive examination is to ensure that all students master at least one substantive research area in Higher Education and have the capacity to develop their own written analysis of selected issues within this area. The examination is designed to ensure that students are familiar with the literature and concepts associated with their special area of study within the field of Higher Education.

  • Thesis reporting the results of original research in postsecondary education.

  • Students must register continuously until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They must register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time thereafter, with their department's approval.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

  • Students cannot normally transfer between the EdD and PhD programs.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

6 years

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