MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (REA6)

ECPS This program is offered by the Department of Educational Studies. Learn more about EDST programs.


Richmond cohort program

Educational leadership is a situated ethical practice, typically involving multiple constituencies that may hold conflicting social, political, and cultural views.

The M.Ed. program with EDST is founded on three core courses that are intended to open conversations about what counts as education (EDST 581), how schooling is organized (EDST 582), and how educational agency or leadership might be exercised in schools, districts and community (EDST 532).

Additionally, a capstone research course and graduating paper provide an opportunity for students to study their own practices, while four elective courses allow students to explore educational leadership issues from a wide range of viewpoints.

Meet the program advisors, and learn more about becoming a UBC graduate student.


4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A.R. MacNeil Secondary School
6611 No. 4 Road, Richmond | map


4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A.R. MacNeill Secondary School
6611 No. 4 Road, Richmond | map

Proposed Schedule

The UBC M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Leadership consists of 30 credits of course work, which are typically completed in two years. The proposed schedule is as follows (the actual schedule will be confirmed by the Cohort Advisor once the program begins):

EDST 557

1 Sept 2017 Aims of Education EDST 581*
2 Jan 2018 Leadership in Educational Organizations EDST 532*
3 May 2018 Leadership as a Diverse and Inclusive Practice EDST 565*
3 July 2018 Professional Ethics in School Leadership EDST 557
3 July 2018 Elective
3 Sept 2018 Research Methods EDST 501*
4 Jan 2019 Group Inquiry EDST 553*
5 May 2019 The Study of Educational Organizations EDST 582*
6 July 2019 Elective
6 July 2019 Elective

* These courses will be offered over five Saturdays in Richmond at McNeill Secondary School.
Electives: Two electives (6 credits) may be courses below the 500 level and a maximum 6 credits of EDST 565.

Admission Requirements

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • A minimum of three years full-time teaching experience or an equivalent combination of engagement within schools, communities, non- governmental organizations, or other education- oriented environments.
  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and at least a 76% average on all senior-level credits.
  • Three recommendations from educators and administrators that speak to your engagement with education and leadership.
  • Resumé and a 600-word statement of intent of your educational leadership experience (regardless of your formal position) and your professional goals and the way in which you believe this program would link to them.

Application Status: Closed
Application deadline: contact Linda Haftner


  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation REA6 or MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership – Professional Cohort into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • Click the program name.  Ensure you select the version that ends with “Professional Cohort”.
  • Click the “Apply” button.
  • Fill out the application as indicated.


Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation REA6 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

The form is also available here.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, non-educational references, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form).

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


After your application is submitted, all documents are uploaded, and references have been received, your application file is considered complete.

Once the application deadline for the program has passed, all completed application files are submitted to the Department for review.  Applications recommended by the Department for admission are then confirmed against Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies requirements, and accepted applicants are notified. Any special case admissions require an additional review by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.

The entire process generally takes 8 to 12 weeks.

This program is subject to minimum enrollment in order to run. We will advise applicants on the status of this program after the application deadline has passed.


If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Linda Haftner

Senior Program Assistant

Program tuition will be divided into six (6) installments of approximately $2,377.95 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the  program years. The program total is $14,267.76 plus applicable student fees.
  • The figures quoted above are proposed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Refer to the UBC Calendar (Master of Education (program off-campus) ) for confirmed fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).


If there is a discrepancy between the fees listed on this website and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar is the correct and confirmed source.


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