Admission Requirements

Candidates interested in applying to the Nova Scotia PhD Program in Educational Studies should meet the following admission requirements:

  • Possess a Masters degree from a recognized university in education or in a related field of study;
  • Normally, have completed a graduate thesis in a field related to their doctoral studies. Those applicants who have not completed a thesis are required to submit evidence of their ability to undertake research in education through the completion of a qualifying research paper of sufficient depth and scope to reflect their research competence;
  • A minimum of A- or 80% average in his or her highest degree;
  • A clearly conceptualized idea of an area of research or a research topic the applicant wishes to investigate in the doctoral program.
  • Scholarly preparation to conduct research, normally including graduate level courses in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and design.
  • English language proficiency (IELTS 7.5-9.0 with no score less than 7.0 on any band)
Applicants provide evidence that they meet these admission requirements by providing the following as part of their application:
  • A qualifying research paper if the applicant has not completed a graduate thesis;
  • Three letters of reference, normally including two academic and one professional;
  • A recent curriculum vitae indicating current initiatives in education and any academic, scholarly work to date;
  • A letter of intent indicating a proposed area of study from among the six interrelated themes of educational studies;
  • An interview with a selection committee that is a subcommittee of the IDAC (if deemed necessary).
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see English Language Proficiency Requirements)
Note: Qualified applicants will only be admitted if a suitable supervisor and program can be provided.