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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have some questions about the program, costs and funding, and the application procedure. If you don’t find answers to your questions here, please call or email us.

The Program

What is Educational Foundations?

Educational Foundations, like all foundational programs, is grounded in understanding human beings and how they relate to one another. In this program, we consider how educational theory and practice are affected by the foundational disciplines of history, philosophy and sociology.
Graduate programs in Educational Foundations are widely applicable; our graduates go on to be classroom teachers, school administrators, educators outside the traditional school system, in policy studies, public administration, in leadership positions in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, in public service, or in other caring professions, and as researchers, academics and university and college professors.
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How long does the program take to complete?

Completion times vary. Depending on course availability, and whether you want to study full-time or part-time, you can finish the MEd in as little as one year, and the MA and RMA in as little as two.
Part-time students have up to five years to complete the program requirements.
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Do you offer flexible and distance learning options?

Yes! Many of our students work full- or part-time, have families, and other personal and professional commitments. We offer a variety of learning options, including full- or part-time enrollment and evening classes. Some of our electives are offered via distance education.
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If I have an interest in pursuing the MA in Education (Educational Foundations), how do I find information about the research backgrounds of potential supervisors?

Visit the faculty profile pages to learn about the academic interests of faculty members. These pages describe our faculty’s research interests, publications, and academic and professional backgrounds.
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What careers will the MED, MA, and RMA in Education in Educational Foundations prepare me for?

Our graduates work in a wide variety of fields. Some are teachers and administrators in the public school system. Graduate programs in Educational Foundations are widely applicable; our graduates go on to be classroom teachers, school administrators, educators outside the traditional school system, in policy studies, public administration, in leadership positions in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, in public service, or in other caring professions, and as researchers, academics and university and college professors.
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What is the expected workload?

Graduate students should come prepared to do a greater amount of reading and independent study, compared to undergraduate students.  Classes normally meet once a week in a three-hour seminar format where students analyze and discuss assigned readings.  Graduate students are expected to go beyond the assigned readings to broaden their knowledge.
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Money Matters

Do you offer any scholarships, awards or financial aid?

MA Education, RMA and MEd students are eligible for several internal and external scholarships vetted by the Mount’s Office of Graduate Studies.  Visit the Office of Graduate Studies’ Research and Funding page for more information on scholarships, bursaries, assistantships, and other funding opportunities.
Applicants will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships. We also encourage all applicants to apply for external awards, including Canada Graduate Scholarships.
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What are the program costs?

Consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for a full and up-to-date listing of tuition and fees. For an estimate of these costs, visit the Office of Graduate Studies’ Program Costs page.
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Applying to the Program

How do I apply?

Find step-by-step instructions on submitting your application »
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Do both my references have to be academic references?

Applicants with work experience in the field who have been away from the classroom for some time may use one academic reference and one professional reference.
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How should I instruct my referees?

You should provide you referees with the reference form contained in the Graduate Supplementary Application package.  You should request that your referees provide us with specific examples of your abilities, knowledge, professional experience and motivation for advanced study in Educational Foundations.  We encourage referees to attach a more detailed letter of reference to the reference form.
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Do I need the GMAT?

No, a GMAT score is not required.
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What is the application deadline?

You can apply to this program year-round. There is no annual application deadline, and you can apply to begin your studies in September, January, May or July.
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May I transfer credits to obtain advanced standing?

If you have completed graduate courses before applying to the program, your file will be assessed on an individual basis to determine which courses might be applied to this degree.
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Who makes the admission decision?

The Admissions Office will ensure that your file is complete.  Complete files are then forwarded to the departmental graduate studies committee which makes the final decision.
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How can I contact you?

Do you still have questions about our graduate programs, the admissions process, the campus, or life in Halifax? Call or email us—we’d love to hear from you.

Educational Foundations
Dr. Michelle Forrest
Program Coordinator, Educational Foundations
michelle.forrest@msvu.ca

Faith Roach
Program Assistant
msvu.ca
902.457.6341

Mailing address:
Mount Saint Vincent University
Faculty of Education                           
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia  Canada
B3M 2J6

Graduate Student Recruitment Officer
Becca Babcock
msvu.ca
Tel.: 902.457.5502

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