MEd in Educational Administration & Leadership (REA5)

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 at 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 (EDST 532).

Additionally, a research course and capstone/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.

Information Sessions

Meet the program advisor and learn more about applying to become a graduate student.

For details, please contact


4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Lord Byng Elementary School
3711 Georgia Street, Richmond


4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
A.R. MacNeill Secondary School
6611 No. 4 Road, Richmond

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):

Year One
September 2015 EDST 581 – Aims of Education*
January 2016 EDST 532 – Educational Leadership*
Spring 2016 EDST 582 – The Study of Organizations in the Educational Context*
Summer 2016 Elective
Summer 2016 Elective
Year Two
September 2016 EDST 501 – Research Traditions*
January 2017 EDST 553 – Group Inquiry*
Spring 2017 EDST 508 – Leadership as Inquiry*
Summer 2017 Elective
Summer 2017 Elective

* These courses will be offered over five Saturdays in Richmond
Electives: Two electives (6 credits) may be courses below the 500 level.

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.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: contact us
We must receive your completed online application and all supporting documents by this date.

Application Process

Carefully read the following instructions before beginning your application. Please print this page and refer to it while completing your online application.

1. Online Application
  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and click “Create Your Account”.
    (Note: If you have already begun your application, simply log in).
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application”.
  • Click “Start a Completely New Application”.
  • Under “Degree” choose “Master of Education” from the drop-down menu.

Important: You must select the precise program name listed above.

If you select the wrong program name, you will need to re-apply and pay an additional application fee. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will not refund your application fee, or transfer or cancel your application.

  • Proceed with your application as instructed.
  • References: 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.

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.

Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.

  • If you know that a referee is unable to submit an online reference, please leave the email address blank on the application.

See “Supporting Documents” below for information on submitting letters of reference by mail.

  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” in order to save your application.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.
2. Supporting Documents

In addition to your online application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

Your application requires two (2) sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended (except UBC), even institutions where you did not complete a program.

If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number so we may access your transcript.

  • An electronic copy of an up-to-date resumé.
  • In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. The form is available here.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form.

The reference form is designed to be completed by professors; if your referee is not a professor, please ask him or her to write about your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree in this particular focus.

Important: Letters of reference will only be considered valid if the referee’s signature appears across the sealed flap of the envelope.


  • If you have unofficial copies of your transcripts, we can adjudicate your eligibility before your official transcripts arrive; you may send these by mail, fax (604.822.2015) or email.

Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts, and your eligibility for the program is based on your application as a whole.

  • Send everything to the attention of:

Linda Haftner
Professional Development & Community Engagement
UBC Faculty of Education
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are at other locations on this huge campus.

Please contact Linda Haftner if you require any assistance with the application process.

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition will be divided into six (6) installments of $2,331.34 plus applicable student fees, payable in September, January, and May of the three program years. The program total is $13,988 plus applicable student 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). The figures quoted above are current for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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