University of Prince Edward Island

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Studies

University of Prince Edward Island

Field of Study:Education, General
Length:3 Year(s)


The general goal of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Studies Program is to examine issues and trends in education at an advanced level and from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Studies requires a dissertation that makes original and significant contributions to knowledge. The research is to be conducted within traditional educational and/or community-based contexts extending from early childhood through adulthood.

Working with leading UPEI scholars and faculty supervision, students investigate theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of a variety of public education processes such as; educational culture, educational policy curricula, teaching, learning, teacher education, school administration and the lives of students (children, youth, adults) in relation to education. Graduates of the PhD in Educational Studies will develop the competence and expertise needed to assume positions of leadership such as academic scholars, researchers in institutional or community contexts, teacher educators, curriculum and instructional leaders in school boards and private industry, school, school board and governmental educational administrators. This program also promotes collaborative work with colleagues in educational endeavours and life-long professional development.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    First class standing (e.g., a minimum academic average of 80%, or A-, or a GPA of 3.7) or equivalent, in a Masters program conferred by an accredited university (students with Pass grades must request that former professors complete a narrative assessment form to confirm first class standing equivalence and potential for admission to a PhD program).
    A Masters thesis. An equivalent research report such as a Masters project, or a substantial research-focused technical report , authored solely by the applicant, may also be considered.
    Evidence of a minimum of 5 years professional experience in field deemed relevant to the field of educational studies.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 83] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or CanTEST [min. 5]
    Application Notes : IELTS: 7 in writing and speaking; 6.5 in reading and listening; PTE: 66; CAE: CAE A and CPE A & B 185-190 after Jan 1/15; Eiken: 1.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    Applicants to the UPEI PhD program in Educational Studies would submit the following documents for consideration by the Graduate Studies Committee: graduate program application form, statement of intent (not more than 10 pages), three reference letters, portfolio, official transcripts of the applicant's complete undergraduate and graduate record,

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 July 16, 2015