International student deadlines:

  • January 1 for September start dates

Domestic student deadlines:

  • April 30 for September start dates
  • April 30 for all January start dates
  • January 1 for all Spring and Summer Session start dates

Compulsory doctoral courses begin in September of each year—students are only admitted with September start-dates. The application deadline for the September cohort start date is November 30 of the previous year.  All applications and supporting documentation must be received or franked by November 30, and applications are only considered after that date.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Ed.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The central objective of the Master of Education in Educational Administration Degree is to provide a problem- and inquiry-driven environment through enriched practical, research-based, and theoretical understandings of educational issues in the administration and leadership of organizations, communities, and government. The department is actively involved in research relating to:

  • educational leadership
  • rural education
  • school effectiveness

Course based M.Ed.

The course-based program offers students the opportunity to pursue depth of understanding in areas of personal concern where courses are scheduled to facilitate part-time study while students maintain their employment in schools. Recently, more than 100 students have been provided the opportunity to engage in graduate education in their own communities (including one First Nation), with their own school-division colleague cohorts, and tailored to the specific needs of their school communities.

Thesis based M.Ed. and Ph.D.

Research is central in this program. A culminating objective is for Thesis Program students to conduct and defend an original piece of research.

Program objectives are achieved through accessibility to experiences that facilitate academic attainment within program coursework and the successful completion of a research project resulting in the production of a thesis. Required coursework for all students includes a mixture of theoretical and practical content. Furthermore, objectives are achieved through the following programmatic and extra-curricular opportunities: rigorous course work, research assistance in Tri-Agency and other funded research projects, experiential learning through laboratory and international study, conference participation, co-authorship and presentation, and seminar leadership.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to contact faculty before you apply to this program.

Name Research areas
David BurgessPhilosophy of organization, organization theory, organizational modelling, educational and administrative law
Michael CottrellNative-newcomer relations, Indigenous education, international and comparative education, educational leadership
Paul NewtonAdministrative practices, the principalship, educational improvement, teacher leadership, theoretical constructions of leadership, administration
Janet OkokoSchool leadership preparation and development, socially empowered learning, evaluation of education programs, immigrants and minority education
Michelle PrytulaTeacher learning, action research, professional learning community, teacher induction, school improvement
Vicki SquiresLeadership, assessment and evaluation, organizational theory
Keith WalkerLeadership philosophy and development, ethics, governance and board governance, policy / decision making, organizational theory and development
Jing XiaoPost-secondary educational administration and leadership, international and comparative education

Tuition and funding


In their applications, students should identify their financial status and state if attendance is contingent on receiving financial aid. The department employs graduate students as marking assistants and a limited number of scholarships, research fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. There is a keen competition for this financial support. Applications for Departmental Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships may only be submitted after a student has been admitted.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2015 $1268.00 $1902.00
January 1 - April 30, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
May 1 - August 31, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
Total per academic year $3804.00 $5706.00

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $205.00 $307.50
Cost for a three credit unit class $615.00 $922.50
Maintenance of Status course $615.00 $922.50

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 73% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Two or more years of successful teaching experience
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) or equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 73% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (coursework required in Masters’ program)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Two or more years of successful teaching experience

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • Copies of your academic transcript(s): your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended
  • A resume with a focus on your educational background and teaching experience

Masters of Education applicants must also send:
A one to two page statement explaining why you are interested in pursuing Master's-level studies in the Department of Educational Administration.

Ph.D. applicants must also send:
In fewer than 800 words, a completed research statement describing your academic interests in the study of the administration or leadership of schools, educational programming, or educational systems through each of the following: 

  • an explanation of the research problem you intend to investigate;
  • an explanation of how your prospective doctoral research relates to your Master's-level research OR an explanation of your motivation for pursuing the intended research (from where does your prospective doctoral research topic/question come?);
  • an explanation of why the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan is suitable for pursuing your research interests;
  • an explanation of your professional and/or academic aspirations (how will a PhD in Educational Administration support the development of your career goals?).


Department of Educational Administration
College of Education
28 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1

Graduate Chair
Paul Newton

Graduate Administrator
Katrina Hutchence