What is the difference between the MEd, the MA Ed, the MA SP, and the RMA?
The Master of Education (MEd) is an applied (non-thesis) program that will require you to complete graduate courses and, in some cases, a practicum or internship.
The Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) is a thesis-based program that will require you to complete a combination of coursework and a thesis.
The Research Master of Arts (RMA) is a research-intensive, thesis-based program that will you require you to complete a thesis and, in some cases, coursework to make a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the field of Education.
The Master of Arts (MA) School Psychology program is a two-year, full-time thesis-based master’s degree program. The School Psychology program includes coursework, practicum, and research, which culminates in a 600-hour internship. Most graduates from this program work as psychologists in the school system.
What is the inter-university PhD in Educational Studies?
The Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies
is a co-administered and co-delivered by three participating universities: Mount Saint Vincent University, Acadia University, and St. Francis Xavier University. Doctoral students receive their degree from the home institution of their supervisor, but all candidates take their courses together as a community of learners.
How long does the Master’s program take to complete?
Completion times vary. Depending on the course availability, and whether you want to study full-time or part-time, you can finish the MEd in as little as a year, or the MA or RMA in as little as two years.
Part-time students have up to five years to complete the degree requirements, but most part-time students earn their degrees in two to four years.
The PhD is a full-time program.
Do you offer flexible learning options?
Yes! Many of our Master’s 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, cohorts in Halifax, Mississauga ON, and various cities across the Atlantic Provinces, online courses via distance education, and evening and weekend classes.
If I have an interest in pursuing the MA, RMA, or PhD, how do I find information about the research backgrounds of potential supervisors?
What careers will the MEd, MA Ed, and RMA prepare me for?
Graduates from our program are teachers; educators in the corporate, government, arts, health, and not-for-profit sectors; PhD candidates; professors, researchers, and instructors in colleges and universities; administrators and policy-makers.
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.