Graduate/Certificate Programs for Student Affairs in Canada

Graduate Programs (in alphabetical order)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Type of Program: Post-Secondary Studies
Delivery: Online; 4 core courses, and not fewer than 6 credit hours taken from a list of closed elective courses. M.Ed. students to have 30 course credit hours in total.
Credential: Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Studies (Health Professional Education), M.Ed. (Post-Secondary Studies), Ph.D.
Location: MUN is in St. John’s, but the delivery of this program is online.
Area of Focus: Consists of courses designed to facilitate a study of post-secondary educational systems through an examination of their foundations, directions, organization, and administration as well as curriculum and instructional development options for occupational preparation and adult education.

Royal Roads University

Type of Program: Higher Education Administration and Leadership
Delivery: Blended, with a two-week residency on campus and online courses. Students complete a total of 10 courses (33 credits) over a two-year period.
Credential: M.A. in Higher Educational Administration and Leadership.
Location: Victoria, BC.
Area of Focus: The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership is a two-year, 33-credit program that provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership within complex and changing higher educational environments. This program will prepare students to develop the skills requires to work collaboratively, take a systems view of their organization, build enduring relationships and partnerships, make evidence-based decisions, think critically, plan strategically, and lead meaningful educational change. The program includes a Specialization in International Education for those students who wish to focus on leadership in international education contexts.
Contact information: Tamara Leary, Associate Professor/Program Head (

Simon Fraser University

Type of Program: Educational Leadership; Curriculum & Instrution: Post-Secondary
Delivery: On campus; 6 courses and a comprehensive exam.
Credential: M.Ed.
Location: Surrey, BC.
Area of Focus: Designed for working professionals, the program is grounded in research, theory, and practice related to the field of student services, though the exact focus of the program varies from year to year. It provides students with an opportunity to investigate the social, political, and philosophical conditions of teaching, learning, and curricular leadership in the post-secondary environment.
Contact Information: Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko, Faculty Sponsor (; Theressa Mah, Admissions & Course Registration (

University of British Columbia

Type of Program: Higher Education
Delivery: On campus. M.Ed. students complete either a 3-credit graduating project or complete the degree through course work; in addition, M.Ed. students have 3 required courses, a required research methods course (EDUC 500), and 15 elective credits. The M.A. program is a 30-credit program (10 courses) that requires 9 credits of required M.A. courses, 3 credits of advanced research methods coursework, 12 credits of electives, and the completion of a 6-credit research thesis.
Credential: M.Ed., M.A., PhD, and EdD.
Location: Vancouver, BC.
Area of Focus: The program is organized around two themes that revolve around core themese that include the foundations of higher education, transitions and access in education, student success in higher education, current issues in higher education, and more.
Contact Information: General inquiries (; Sandra Abah, Graduate Program Assistant (; Dr. Amy Scott Metcalfe, Coordinator (

University of Calgary

Type of Program: Adult, Community, and Higher Education
Delivery: Blended (both online and in-person). Summer sessions are offered face-to-face in Calgary, while the fall, winter, and spring sessions are completed online.
Credentials: M.A. (PhD and M.Ed. degrees are also offered in other areas of education.)
Location: Calgary, AB.
Areas of Focus: This M.Ed. cohort-based degree consists of 36 credits (12 half-courses). Graduate students are required to complete their courses in a prescribed sequences, and are expected to complete all program requirements within two years. This specialist program is geared to adult educators, practitioners, individuals involved in profit/non-profit community-based organizations and initiatives, and higher education leaders. Courses in this stream emphasize disciplinary knowledge that will ground learning about adult development, lifelong learning, organizations, community development and engagement, and significant international/global issues and trends.
Contact Information: Kay Bieber, Graduate Program Administrator (

University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Type of Program: The Leadership, Higher and Adult Education department offers several programs, including an M.A., PhD, or EdD in Higher Education, an M.Ed. Leadership cohort, a PhD in Community College Leadership, and their brand new M.Ed. in Higher Education in Student Development and Student Services in Postsecondary Education.
Delivery: On campus with some online. The new M.Ed. program in Student Development and Student Services requires 10 half-credit courses with 4 core student development and services courses, a research methods course, a capstone seminar, and 4 electives. The other M.Ed. degrees offer several degree options with varying requirements. The M.A. program requires 8 half-courses and a thesis, while the PhD and EdD programs generally require 6 half-credit courses.
Credential: M.Ed., M.A., PhD, and EdD.
Location: Toronto, ON.
Area of Focus:
The Student Development and Student Services program will acquire knowledge and skills that are evidence and experientially-based to provide leadership in various types of institutions throughout Canada. Graduates will be able to apply theory to meaningful practice and construct, implement, and assess programs and processes that address issues of student growth and development. The Community College Leadership PhD is designed to meet the needs of current and emerging community college leaders. Topics will include system organization, policy, governance, college functions, equity and social justice, student characteristics, and more.
Contact Information: Dr. Linda Muzzin, Program Coordinator (

Certificate Programs

Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology

Type of Program: Certificate program comprised of 5 core courses. Note: Beginning September 2015, the Student Affairs and Services Certificate Program will be under review and revision. Therefore, new students will not be accepted into the program at this time.
Delivery: Online (distance education).
Credential: Certificate in Student Affairs and Services.
Location: Toronto, ON. However, all courses are delivered online.
Contact Information: Marianne Tang, Part-time Program Assistant (; Karen Miller, Program Coordinator (

University of Manitoba (Centre for Higher Education Research and Development)

Type of Program: Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA) Level I – 8 courses (4 required, 4 elective); CUCA Level II – completion of CUCA Level I and an additional 8 courses (electives)
Delivery: Online-based certificate program; annual residential programs (compressed intensive format, such as the Canadian Institute on Student Affairs and Services (CISAS); or in-house programs tailored for your specific university.
Credential: Courses can be taken on their own or as part of the Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA Level I and CUCA Level II).
Location: Winnipeg, MB, but many programs are delivered online and other programs are offered regionally.
Contact Information: General inquiries (; Cheryl DuGray, Program Administrator (

Updated October 2015. For changes or updates, please email 

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