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Program Information

General Information and Regulations Governing All Graduate Students

Master of Education Degree Regulations

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Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines.  Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date. 

Application Deadlines:

Educational Leadership, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Studies, Informaiton Technology and Post-Secondary Studies Deadlines:

February 1st - Begin the program either spring (May) or fall (September) semester

(Note: Decisions made end of March/beginning of April)

September 15th - Begin the program winter (January) semester

(Note: Decisions made end of October/beginning of November)

Counselling Psychology Deadline:

February 1st for all applicants

Part-time students - start May in the year they apply

Full-time students - start September in the year they apply

Application Processing Fee: Canadian Applicants - $60.00 / non-Canadian Applicants - $120.00

Please Note:

Late Applications

Due to the volume of applications received and the processing procedures involved for each competition we are unable to accept applications received after the advertised programme deadlines.

Confirmation of Work Experience

Students substituting or in replacement positions are required to submit an official letter from the school district office/employer verifying work experience. This letter should indicate total number of teaching days accumulated, as a minimum of two years of teaching/leadership experience is recommended for admission for most programs.

Please have this information forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies by the deadline date.

Prerequisite Requirements

The (Counselling Psychology) program requires prerequisites that need be completed or in progress at the time application is submitted.  Students recommended for admission whose prerequsites are in progress will be granted a conditional acceptance pending completion of the prerequisites in the semester prior to the one applied for.  A deferral will not be granted for incomplete prerequisites.

Short-listed candidates for the Counselling Psychology program will be required to participate in an interview with the Admissions Committee.  Interviews will be conducted in-person or by teleconference.

Educational Leave

If you are considering applying for educational leave in order to pursue a Master of Education program, you should first apply to the program. If you are not granted educational leave, but are accepted to the program, you can commence your studies on a part-time basis.

Admission to Graduate (M.Ed.) Programs

Distance Programs and Courses

The Master of Education, Post-Secondary Studies and Educational Technology programs are distance programs - attendance on campus is not required as all courses are completed via distance. 

On-campus offerings of a course for The Master of Education, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Studies and Educational Leadership Studies are only available when enrolment allows.

The Counselling Psychology is a blended program which requires attendance on campus for a number of its courses. The actual number of semesters will depend on the following factors:

  • status (Full-time or part-time)
  • route chosen (course route or thesis)
  • the electives chosen and offered during a student's program of study

The Master of Arts & Education is a blended program which will require the completion of both online and on-campus courses.

Deferral Requests

The Faculty of Education, Graduate Programs Office policy regarding deferrals changed as of the 2015-2016 Spring Semester. 

Students accepted to programs without caps on enrollment (Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Studies, Educational Leadership Studies, Educational Technology & Post-Secondary Studies), are advised that the graduate office does not accept deferral requests unless there are extenuating circumstances and supporting documentation. In such cases, a maximum of one deferral for one semester may be granted. Files will be kept for a one year period, which enable students to ask to be reconsidered for a competition within that timeframe at no additional cost.

Students accepted to the Counselling Psychology program (because of the cap on enrollment), under extenuating circumstances, may be granted a one time only deferral of admission to the following year with appropriate rationale and supporting documentation.


Memorial University has three semesters per academic year commencing with Fall:

Fall Semester: September 1 - December 31
Winter Semester: January 1 - April 30
Spring Semester: May 1  - August 31


Semester start and other important dates at Cape Breton University may differ from Memorial's. It is the responsibility of students taking CBU courses to note the differing dates for course add, drop, commencement, end, etc.

Duration of the program

Maximum of seven years Masters
Maximum of seven years PhD


Note: Students who do not complete their programs in the number of semesters of their payment plans will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. See School of Graduate Studies Minimum Expense form.

Tuition Fees and Structure

Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies document:

Minimum Expenses for Graduate Students

Recreation Fees

Off-campus graduate students do not have to pay the $40.00 per semester recreation fee. Usually this includes those taking Web-based courses or part of an off-campus cohort or doing thesis research off campus. Usually Banner will recognize an off-campus mailing address and a non-campus course registration and exempt students automatically.

Students taking even one course on campus must pay the fee but are able to take advantage of the recreation facilities.

Students not automatically exempted will have to apply for an exemption by submitting an exemption form. Completed forms must be forwarded to the Faculty of Education Graduate Program office for processing.

Funding Information Sesssions and Workshops

To attend grant information sessions and workshops (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Vanier, Trudeau), students must register in advance. To register, email Gail Lamkin ( by the deadline dates indicated and include the scholarship name, session date and time.


Please note that each Master of Education degree program will require at least one of following routes. See specific programs for available routes.

Comprehensive-Course Route (30 credit hours of study), Internship Route (internship plus 24 credit hours of study), Paper Folio Route (paper folio plus 24 credit hours of study), Project Route (project plus 24 credit hours of study) or Thesis Route (thesis plus 18 credit hours of study)

Course Descriptions

Brief course descriptions are availalbe for a limited number of graduate courses.

Frequently sought forms for graduate students

Departmental approval is required for the processing of any necessary forms (such as leave of absence requests, change of status, etc.). Please submit completed forms to the Faculty of Education, Graduate Program office.

Textbook Ordering

Anyone requesting textbooks can order from the MUN bookstore. Please click on Text Books, choose the campus, term and program & courses then follow the ordering procedures. Textbooks are shipped to you.

Graduate Student Society (GESS)

The Graduate Education Student Society (GESS) was established to bring graduate students together, meet their needs, and establish a tradition of meaningful social and academic interactions. You can learn more about GESS by visiting their website

Graduate Students Union (GSU)

GSU Health and Dental Plan for Full Time Students and “Opt Out” Information

If you are registered as a full-time student, even for one semester, you are automatically registered in the Graduate Students' Health and Dental Plan.

Please note: You must opt out each semester that you do not wish to be covered in this plan by the deadline date set by the Graduate Students Union.

If you continue as a full-time graduate student, you may opt out for a full academic year in September. Under the current system, you may be required to opt out each year.

Your financial record, available on your student record (registration system), may not accurately reflect the cost of the health and dental plan. Check your Tuition and Fees Assessment, AND check your Account Summary by Term to ensure that you have not been charged unwanted health insurance fees.

The Graduate Students Union can provide additional information. Any question or concerns regarding the health and dental plan, please contact or phone 709-864-4395.


Faculty of Education, Graduate Programs contact:

Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X8
Telephone: (709) 864-8553 / 864-8587 / 864-3402 / 864-3324
Facsimile: (709) 864-4379