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Master of Arts (MA) in Social Justice Education

This research-based master's program focuses on critical understandings of the social, historical, cultural, political, economic and ethical contexts of education, and is designed primarily for those interested in research and careers in academia. 

This program is ideal for those who wish to apply their disciplinary backgrounds and critical abilities to examine theoretical and/or empirical problems regarding equity in education, while drawing from a variety of perspectives including history, philosophy, sociology and political science. 

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.

Study options: Full-time or part-time

Components: Coursework and thesis

Length: 6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
              10 sessions part-time

Time Limit: 3 years full-time
                      6 years part-time



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




1. Coursework: Students are required to complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

  • Major Concepts and Issues in Education (SJE1903H, 0.5 FCE) is recommended.
  • 2.5 other FCEs, of which at least 1.5 FCE must be SJE courses.
  • Students who are registered in a collaborative specialization may apply to have their SJE course requirement reduced by 0.5 FCE.
  • Students must consult with their faculty advisor before enrolling in any out-of-department course for which they wish to receive SJE credit.
  • Additional courses may be required of some students, and some students may be required to take specified courses in research methods and/or theory.


2. Thesis: Based on original research, which may lay the groundwork for doctoral research.

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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 MA students in the SJE program:




Faculty in the SJE program have multi-disciplinary teaching and research expertise in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to:

  • Anti-colonial and Indigenous education
  • Anti-racism education
  • Ethics and education
  • Critical race studies
  • Indigenous knowledges
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Queer and gender theory

To learn more, see our faculty profiles.


Funding and tuition


We are pleased to offer OISE Graduate Funding Packages to full-time MA students in year 1.


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

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Admission to the MA program requires an appropriate bachelor's degree in a humanities, social science, or cognate discipline from a recognized university, with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B or better in the final year. 

Required supporting documents

All applicants must submit: 

  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
  • Résumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies
  • Statement of Intent (Applicants are asked to answer each of the following questions in an essay format [bullet points are not acceptable]. Not only will the content of your responses be used in the assessment of the application, but so will the quality and clarity of your writing. Please limit responses to 200-250 words per question.)


1. What research interests do you intend to pursue in your graduate studies?

2. How did you become interested in this area of research? (Please feel free to refer to any relevant literature and/or personal experiences.)

3. Why is Social Justice Education at OISE the best place to pursue your research interests?

4. What faculty members in Social Justice Education could support your graduate studies and chosen research direction?

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5. What previous experiences, skills, and strengths will support you in your graduate studies?


  • At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.


Applications to the MA in Social Justice Education for 2022-2023 admissions cycle is set to open early October 2021.

The main application deadline is Monday November 15, 2021.


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

Questions about the program? Please contact us