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Additional Qualifications Online Application System

You may use this system to:

  • Apply for Additional Qualifications courses
    (Note that a valid email address and credit card are required)
  • Check the registration status of your application
  • Update your current contact information

Degrees Offered

Adult Education and Community Development (AECD) currently offers three graduate degree programs:

The main application deadline is November 15, 2017. Please submit your application plus required supporting documents by November 15. The deadline for applications to the MEd, part-time MA, and the flex-time PhD, will remain open until further notice; applicants nonetheless are encouraged to apply for these degrees by November 15, 2017 for doing so increases your chance of acceptance. For application closing dates visit OISE Registrar's Office website.

We also host collaborative programs in Comparative, International and Developmental Education and Workplace Learning and Social Change and actively participate in collaborative programs in other academic units.

The Masters of Education (MEd) is a professional program that introduces students to practical applications and theoretical concepts for use in a wide variety of adult learning and community development environments. The MEd is a non-thesis degree program which can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. It is not intended for students wishing to engage in research program or who are pursuing academic careers.

The MA is a research-based degree and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. During their program of study, MA students are expected to have exposure to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.

The PhD degree program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study in the theoretical foundations of adult education and community development and in the application of such knowledge to practice. The Adult Education and Community Development program offers both full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Qualifying Research Paper (QRP)

Students applying to the doctoral degree in Adult Education and Community Development must have a Master's degree in adult education or a related area and normally with a standing equivalent to B+ or better. The  expectation is that it be a thesis-based Masters, though if it is not, an undergraduate thesis would also be acceptable.  In the event that none of the prospective student’s degrees include a thesis, the applicant is required to submit a Qualifying Research Paper (QRP) to be handed in directly to the department no later than January 20, 2018.  A QRP is an original and rigorous piece of research that is considered a masters thesis equivalent and that is solo authored, with a length between 50 and 90 double-spaced pages, and with methodology and theoretical perspective spelled out as appropriate.

For more general OISE information about QRPs (and please note that Adult Education’s criteria for the QRP are higher), please see the Guidelines for the QRP Information Sheet.

For more information about the Adult Education and Community Development program, please refer to the OISE Bulletin.