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The Program

What is Educational Psychology?

Educational Psychology is the study of the mental processes that allow people to learn—to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills.

Students enrolled in our graduate programs in Educational Psychology focus on one of four concentrations:

·         Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

·         Education of the Blind or Visually Impaired

·         Evaluation

·         Human Relations

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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.

Part-time students have up to five years to complete the program requirements.


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 enrolment and evening classes. Many of our courses are offered via distance education.


If I have an interest in pursuing the MA in Education (Lifelong Learning), 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.


What careers will the MED and the RMA in Education in Educational Psychology prepare me for?

Our graduates work in a wide variety of fields. Some are teachers and administrators in the public school system. Others are educators, consultants, and administrators in the corporate, not-for-profit, post-secondary education, and arts sectors.


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.


Money Matters

Do you offer any scholarships, awards or financial aid?

MEd, MA Ed, and RMA 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.


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.




Applying to the Program

How do I apply?

Follow the step-by-step application instructions on our Graduate Application page.


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.


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 Psychology.  We encourage referees to attach a more detailed letter of reference to the reference form. 


Do I need the GMAT?

No, a GMAT score is not required.


What is the application deadline?

The deadlines vary slightly from year to year, but they’re usually around mid-February for September entry, early November for January entry, and mid-January for April/May entry.  Please consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for the year you are applying. You can also find deadline information on the Graduate Online Application page.

When space is available, we will continue to accept applications after the deadline. If you would like to ask about applying to an upcoming cohort, you can email the department.


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.


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.


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 Psychology

Dr. Fred French
Graduate Coordinator, Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Education of the Blind or Visually Impaired
msvu.ca
902.457.6186

Dr. Allan Neilsen
Graduate Coordinator, Evaluation and Human Relations
msvu.ca
902.457.6181

Faith Roach
Program Assistant
msvu.ca
902.457.6341

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

Graduate Student Recruitment Officer

Becca Babcock

graduate@msvu.ca

Tel.: 902.457.5502

 

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