University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

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Adult Education and Community Development (PhD)

University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Faculty:Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Field of Study:Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Family and Community Services
Thesis Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
National: $6,210
International: $6,210
Careers:Community and Social Service Workers


The PhD in Adult Education & Community Development (AECD) program focuses on learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the street, and the virtual world: any place where people come together to create social change.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    • An appropriate master's degree from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or professional program, with a minimum standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+.
    • Applicants to the flexible-time option should be active professionals who demonstrate connections between their professional work and their proposed course program, and/or between their professional work and their proposed research. Capacity to secure blocks of time to enable concentrated study is required.
    • Applications are assessed based on four criteria: strength of admission documents; grades; work, community or volunteer experience; and fit with the program offerings.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 22, 2023