Frequently Asked Questions

The MA is a 30 credit thesis based masters degree (21 credits in courses plus 9 credits thesis.) The MEd is a 30 credit course based or 27 credit course based plus 3-credit project masters degree.

The Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy is home to approximately 450 MA, MEd, MMEd & PhD students.

Admission to all programs is quite competitive. To help your application, it is suggested that all potential candidates contact faculty members whose areas of interest coincide with your own, prior to submitting your application to discuss your letter of intent and to help develop a clear focus for the application.

Both master's programs are available on a part-time or full-time basis. The doctoral program is only available on a full-time basis.

We require three references including an assessment by at least one university instructor. If you have problems obtaining an academic reference, try for the next best unbiased reference, such as a principal.

Yes you can; however, if you do, they need to be in sealed & endorsed envelopes.

Yes, as with the others they need to be in a sealed & endorsed envelope, but they do not need to be on the official form. Not all additional reference letters may be used.

All application documents are kept in a holding file and matched with applications once we receive them.

If you have a MA or MEd from a recognized university where English is the primary language, TOEFL is not required.

We require an official TOEFL score of 580 or higher - paper based, 237 computer based, 92 internet based, taken within 2 years of the date of application. We require a minimum of 22 on each component (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking) on the TOEFL (internet-based).

The TWE is not required.

Yes, it is possible for the masters degree. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred is twelve, of which only 6 can be at the senior undergraduate level. Please refer to FOGS website for further details.

Mail or deliver application material to the following address:

Graduate Program Assistant, Curriculum and Pedagogy, UBC, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

In fairness to all candidates we do not normally consider applications for the graduate program until all applications have been received; however, if we think your interests would be better accommodated in another department, we usually let you know immediately. We begin the evaluation process in February. We try to ensure that most applicants know whether they have been accepted by the end of April. Unfortunately, there will always be a small group for whom no decision is possible until May or June. Please be patient: we will do our best to let you know what is happening as soon as we can. Equally, if we make you an offer of a place, we would appreciate knowing whether or not you will accept the offer as soon as possible: other applicants will be waiting on your decision.

After making our admission decision, we will recommend the successful candidates to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for final admission approval. You should also be aware of the fact that acceptance by the Department does not mean that you are automatically accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Perhaps in as many as 10% of the cases, especially those coming from universities with which UBC has had no previous experience, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will require additional information before formal acceptance.

Let us know your decision as soon as you can! Over the next few months you will receive important details about the university, department, and student orientations.

If you are an international student you will need a "Study Permit" (Student Visa) before you can enter the country. As soon as you have been accepted by UBC and have received the original official admission letter, you should apply for the Study Permit.  For more information, please visit Immigration Canada and the UBC International Student Guide.

We hope that most of your basic questions will be answered somewhere on our website. For further information about research possibilities and directions, you may find it helpful to write directly to one or two faculty whose work is closest to your own interests. When you do so, please include a brief summary of your academic record and interests. If you're not sure whom to approach, ask the Graduate Advisor. Although few of our students have a very precise idea of what they want to do before they arrive - and those that do often find their ideas change substantially while they are here - they have all been able to identify particular areas of interest.

Admission is highly competitive.
We pay particular attention to:
1. course work of your undergraduate record (and, for PhD candidates, your MA or MSc record): We expect you to have done well in academic courses (so high scores in basketball, however admirable for other purposes, are not at issue). In some cases, we also want to be sure that you have the right mix of courses for the sort of research you propose to do here. If in doubt, please write to the program for advice.
2. your three letters of recommendation: These are particularly important for applicants to be considered for a departmental graduate scholarship; therefore, it is helpful to have detailed letters from your referees rather than just a series of ticks on the standard forms. This means that you need to talk to your referees before you apply, explain what you are about, and ask them if they are willing to act as a referee for you.
3. your research interests: There should be a clear fit between your research interests and those of faculty in the department. Evidence that you have already contacted a faculty member is a considerable plus.
4. other relevant experience: The key word is "relevant"; if you have skills, technical abilities, experience, then tell us.

We take into account the availability of supervisors.

The Department encourages applications from qualified women, Aboriginals, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Program Acronyms used in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
ARTE: Art Education
BUED: Business Education
CULE: Curriculum and Leadership
CUST: Curriculum Studies
HMED: Home Economics Education
HOPE: Health, Outdoor and Physical Education
MAED: Mathematics Education
MMED: Museum Education
MTSE: Media and Technology Studies Education
MUED: Music Education
SCED: Science Education
SOGI: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusive Education
SSED: Social Studies Education

Acronyms used in the Faculty of Education and UBC
AMS: Alma Mater Society (of UBC)
CGS: Canada Graduate Scholarship
CSHC: Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness
CSTE: Centre for the Study of Teacher Education
DNSO: Dean's Office
ECPS: Educational & Counselling Psychology, & Special Education (department)
EDCP: Curriculum and Pedagogy (department)
EDLIB: Education Library
EDST: Educational Studies (department)
EDUC: Education (faculty of)
ESA: Education Student's Association (undergraduate)
G+PS: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (of UBC)
GSFE: Graduate Student (Council) for the Faculty of Education
GSS: Graduate Student Society (of UBC)
HKIN: Human Kinetics (school)
IB: International Baccalaureate
LLED: Language & Literacy Education (department)
NITEP: Native Indian Teacher Education (program)
PDCE: Professional Development & Community Engagement
PRTC: Psycho-educational Research & Training Centre
SCET: Standing Committee for the Evaluation of Teaching
SSHRC: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (of Canada)
TAG: (Centre for) Teaching and Academic Growth
TEO: Teacher Education Office
UGF: University Graduate Fellowship
WKTEP: West Kootenay Teacher Education (program)

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