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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 base funding packages to full-time MA students in year 1.


The following are annual tuition fees for 2020-2021. These figures include all non-tuition related fees. 

  • Domestic full-time students: $7,858.65
  • Domestic part-time students: $2,758.13
  • International full-time students: $27,328.65
  • 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

  • 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
  • A careful statement of intellectual interests and concerns relevant to the humanities, or social sciences, and social justice education as well as reasons for undertaking a program in the department, including a statement of preference for one or more faculty members whose research is best matched to the student’s research interests.
  • 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 is now closed. 


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

Questions about the program? Please contact us