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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Higher Education Program

Master of Education (MEd) - Student Development and Student Services in Higher Education

Are you a student development and services professional who wants to advance in your career? This program will help you acquire evidence and experientially-based knowledge and skills to provide leadership in various types of post-secondary institutions.  

The number of staff in student development and student services roles in Canada is growing, as well as the complex challenges they're facing. This course-based, professional degree program prepares students to become experienced practitioners and educational leaders, knowledgeable student development and student services scholars, and reflective and critical thinkers guided by a commitment to equity and the creation of maintenance of inclusive learning environments.

Students will learn and understand:

  • The history, philosophy, and foundations of student development and services, including theories and conceptual foundations.
  • Relevant characteristics of students and their experience in postsecondary education environments.
  • Administration and organization of student services in postsecondary education.
  • Assessment, evaluation, and research.
  • Broader issues within postsecondary education systems and their relationship to student development.

Graduates will be able to apply theory to meaningful practice with individuals and organization; communicate effectively about the development of students and the services within postsecondary education institutions that impact students’ development; and construct, implement, and assess programs and processes that address issues of student growth and development.

Preference will be given to applicants who have some experience working in student facing roles in postsecondary education. We construe experience quite broadly, to include those working in student life while studying.

Study options: Full-time or part-time

Components: Coursework 
Length: Minimum full-time program length is 1.5 years

For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar and the OISE Bulletin.

Check the application tips for this degree. 




Coursework. Students pursue the MEd Option IV degree program and must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

  • LHA 1803H Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE), to be taken at the beginning of the program.

  • 1.5 FCEs in Student Development and Student Services:

    • LHA 1844H The Student Experience in Postsecondary Education (0.5 FCE).

    • LHA 1854H Student Development Theory (0.5 FCE).

    • LHA 1856H Advanced Student Development Theories in Higher Education (0.5 FCE).

  • 3.0 FCEs including:

    • 0.5 FCE from the Higher Education program.

    • 0.5 FCE in research methods.

  • Depending on an individual student's professional experience, students may be advised to take LHA 1853H Introduction to Student Services (0.5 FCE)


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Are you interested in gaining work experience in the field of Student Affairs & Student Services while completing your studies at OISE?

The Internship in Student Services (LHA5812 or LHA5813) course is an excellent opportunity for students seeking work experience in the field of student affairs and student services while earning a credit at OISE. 

How do I find out about positions?

1.     Internship Opportunities (updated June 2022) – Students interested in internship positions can review the following sites/information:

a.   UTM OISE Higher Education Internship - check the website and apply to positions posted there.

  • Deadline to apply is August 3 at 12pm.

2.     Additionally, as positions become available, announcements are sent out via the Higher Education students listserv with additional details.

3.     Students that are able to identify appropriate internship positions (i.e., work within student affairs, paid positions, approximately 120 hours, span Sept-Apr/May-Aug) may have these reviewed by the instructor to determine if they are appropriate for the course.

Other important details:

1.     Please note that for internship positions, you must be eligible to work in Canada, have a Social Insurance Number, and be registered for the internship course sessions.

2.     Students would have to be successful in their application to an internship position before submitting the course add form for the instructor's approval.

3.     The courses are a half credit but typically span 2 terms (e.g., May-August; September-April)

4.     The internship sites will work with students to ensure that the work requirements can accommodate their schedules.

5.     The work schedule and conditions (e.g., in person, virtual, hybrid) would be determined between the student and internship site supervisor. 


Collaborative specializations

Collaborative specializations provide graduate students enrolled in participating degree programs with an additional multidisciplinary experience as they complete their home degree program. 

Learn more about the collaborative specializations offered to MEd students in the Health Professional Education program. 


Faculty in the Higher Education program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields. To learn more about our faculty, check out our program's faculty listing for profiles.

Our faculty's expertise includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Higher education, globalization and neoliberalism
  • Comparative higher education and international academic relations
  • Educational leadership and change
  • Higher education policy and politics in Canada
  • Minoritization in postsecondary institutions
  • Indigenous college student experience
  • Politics in higher education
  • Sociology of knowledge


The following are annual tuition fees for 2021-2022. These figures include all non-tuition related fees.

  • Domestic full-time students: $11,839.99
  • Domestic part-time students: $3,957.74
  • International full-time students: $42,145.99
  • Please note: Master's programs at OISE have minimum degree fees.

For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support 

Admission and application information

General information

Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents. 

Program-specific information

Minimum admission requirements

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.

Required supporting documents  

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
  • Résumé
  • Answers to faculty admissions questions (applicants are to answer each question in an essay format)


The main application deadline is November 15, 2021. Tguarantee consideration for admission, applicants should submit their application and supporting documents by this date. 

After November 15, admission to some programs may remain open. For the most up-to-date information on application deadlines, please visit OISE Admissions



Questions about applying? Please contact the OISE admissions office at 416-978-4300 or