Master of Arts in Adult Education & Community Development
Master of Arts in Adult Education & Community Development Overview
Are you interested in bringing about positive social change where you live or work? Are you committed to social justice and activism? This leading graduate program may be the place for you.
The MA in Adult Education & Community Development (AECD) is a research-based thesis degree program that focuses on the learning that happens individually and collectively among adults in communities, workplaces, social movements, the virtual world – any place where people come together to create social change.
It is ideal for those who seek to develop skills for education, community, and organizational roles in a wide range of settings in public, private, and voluntary sectors. Our graduates work with newcomers, youth, women’s groups, LGBTQ agencies, organized labour, racialized people, and disenfranchised communities.
During their program of study, students are expected to have exposure to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.
We welcome applicants with diverse but relevant backgrounds. Indigenous, Marxist, feminist, anti-racist, environmentalist, anarchist, arts-based, and other critical perspectives are welcome and encouraged.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
At a Glance
Full-time (6 sessions)
Part-time (10 sessions)
Coursework & Thesis
Funding and Tuition
For current information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition & Financial Support.
Applications for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle are set to open early October 2022.
Ready to join one of the world’s top universities? Take the next step in your academic journey and start your application to graduate studies at OISE.
Have questions about our program, admissions, financial support or career options after graduation? Our team has the answer you’re looking for. Contact us for one-on-one support.
We host information sessions, open houses and tours throughout the year. Come discover what it's like to study at OISE. Explore campus and meet our community.
Why I Chose Leadership, Adult & Higher Education
Denise Dwyer (Master of Education 2013)
Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous Education and Wellbeing Division, Ministry of Education
"I decided to get my Masters in Adult Education at OISE because of the teaching and learning component. The program opened my mind to a different way of thinking. It gave me a very rounded perspective and a new approach to issues that I had not been trained in as a lawyer. I became a nimbler thinker, and that really prepared me for my role at the Ministry of Education. Above all, I learned that education really is social justice work."
Master of Arts in Adult Education & Community Development Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
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)
Minimum admission requirements for this program are:
- An appropriate bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or professional program from a recognized university, with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year.
- At least a year of relevant work, community or volunteer experience is highly desirable.
- Applications are assessed based on: the clarity of written answers to the faculty admissions questions, strength of letters of reference; grades; work, community or volunteer experience; and fit with the program offerings.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended.
- Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional).
- Resumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies.
Additional Program Information
Ready to join one of the world’s top universities?
Take the next step in your academic journey and start your application to graduate studies at OISE.