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Collaborative Specialization in CIDE

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All information on applying to OISE graduate programs can be found on the OISE Registrar's Office website.

Applications for CIDE are only considered after applicants have been accepted into affiliated programs offered in one of the three collaborative departments (LHAE, SJE, CTL).

Application Requirements

Admission to the CIDE collaborative specialization will be based on three criteria in the candidate's application to OISE:

  • Evidence of significant professional or academic experience in an international or cross-cultural setting (minimum of one year)
  • Reference to the way in which insights from that experience contribute to the applicant's present interest and future studies in CIDE
  • Clear indication in the Statement of Intent of an interest in and commitment to the study of any or all of comparative, international or development education

Once accepted into one of the three departments, the student application is reviewed by CIDE and approved if the applicant demonstrates at least one year of international or cross-cultural experience. In addition to your focus on applying to your specific department, it is helpful to note within your letter of intent your interest in having a CIDE specialization.

Applicants are welcome to contact one of the CIDE faculty in their field of interest in the department to which they have applied if they have any further questions. Each department has a Graduate Studies Coordinator who can also assist with any questions about the enrolment process. 

Frequently Asked Application Questions


It is important to thoroughly review the department and program websites. Many of the questions not answered here will be answered at the OISE Registrar's Office Graduate Programs website as well as individual departmental and program sites.


How do I apply to CIDE?

The first step is to choose a degree in one of the participating departments at OISE: Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning; Social Justice Education; Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. Entry to CIDE is not available through all programs in the participating departments.

The next step is to apply to the selected program through the OISE Registrar's Office.


Are there any special requirements for admission to CIDE?

Applicants must be first accepted by one of the three departments and have a minimum of one year of international or cross-cultural experience.


How do I choose the right department?

Exploring the course offerings and the research interests of individual faculty and various departments highlighted on this website can help match the best program and faculty member to your research interests and academic and professional experiences. In addition, contacting a specific CIDE faculty whose research interests matches your own can help with this decision.


Where can I get more information about the CIDE program?

Please feel free to contact one of the CIDE faculty or students in the department to which you are applying with any further questions. Please carefully reviewed all the information on the websites provided before making a specific inquiry; unfortunately students and alumni may not have knowledge of the latest application regulations.


How long after I apply to the CIDE program will I know if I am accepted or not?

Letters of admission generally go out in March and April. If applicants have not heard anything by April 15, please contact the department or program liaison. We have a very small intake of students at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, and larger numbers of acceptances at the M.Ed. level. In some cases applicants may be placed on a waitlist.


What funding is available for graduate students at OISE?

All students (including international students) admitted to the M.A. and Ph.D. program receive funding from the University of Toronto for at least part of their degree program. This funding usually includes some combination of graduate assistantship and scholarship. There is no official funding for M.Ed. or Ed.D. degrees. Applicants should check the Registrar's Office to ascertain if they are eligible to apply for provincial or federal scholarships and student loans. International students may also be eligible for grants from external sponsors and their home governments.


What are the language requirements for admission in CIDE?

Language requirements are set by the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto. For further information, please visit the OISE Graduate Studies Bulletin.

I only just discovered the CIDE program but I'm already registered. Can I still get into the CIDE program?

Please see the mid-degree transfer page for instructions on applying to CIDE as a current OISE student.

For more relevant information, consult the Current Student FAQs.

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