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Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology & Education

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Program Length 1 year  full-time Career Path Research, university- or college-level teaching Program Requirements 4 half-courses; thesis Program Highlight All seminar-based courses Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time enrollment only

The Developmental Psychology & Education (DPE) Program is for those who wish to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings. 

The MA DPE program is primarily for students who wish to pursue a career in research, university or community college teaching, and related activities. 

Learn more about our doctoral (PhD) program in Developmental Psychology and Education here.

NOTE: This program is funded.

Nivatha Moothathamby "My journey at OISE has been filled with establishing positive, supportive relationships, learning the nuances of psychology and education, and understanding my role as a scholar and an activist."

- Nivatha Moothathamby, Class of 2021

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Program Details

All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

SGS Calendar

For full course descriptions, please see the Registrar's Office and course listings page.

Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2022 are now closed.

Application Details


The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Program Specific FAQ


Application Instructions

The OISE Registrar’s Office includes step-by-step instructions for:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

Faculty Supervisors

See a list of which faculty are accepting students

Who's Accepting?

MA DPE Application Checklist

In addition to the standard components and supporting documents on the School of Graduate Studies website, MA-DPE applicants must submit:

  • an additional letter of recommendation from an academic source (for a total of 2 academic and 1 professional reference)

Tips for your application

  • The faculty questions is one of the most important parts of your application. It is your opportunity to describe your past experiences related to the program to which you are applying and how those experiences led to your current interests in graduate students in this area. 
    • Please indicate your total months of research experience.
    • Please indicate if this program is your first choice.
    • Please indicate the supervisor you would like to work with?
    • Please indicate the field of research you are interested in?


Collaborative Specializations (Optional)

Collaborative Specializations provide students with a the opportunity to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development that crosses a number of disciplines. 

Collaborative specializations are available with the MA in Developmental Psychology & Education with the following programs:

Educational Policy

  • For students interested in the factors associated with educational policy development and implementation, particularly focusing on developing strategies for improving educational processes


  • For graduate students and doctoral fellows who would like to increase their versatility for career development through the scientific study of the nervous system.


Program Fees

Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.

OISE Tuition and Financial Support

Contact Us

Program Inquiries: 
APHD Department 
General Inquiries

ORSS Contact:
Registration Specialist (MA, MEd students)

If you are a current student, you may contact the program coordinator below, otherwise please email us at for your program inquiries.

Program Coordinator: 

Program Chair: 
Dr. Kang Lee