48 months
23550 CAD/year
11775 CAD/year
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A uniquely Nova Scotian program in Educational Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University  offering exciting opportunities for PhD studies with Atlantic Canada’s finest educational scholars and researchers.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Three Nova Scotia universities have joined together to offer a world-class doctoral program that draws upon the collective resources of a renowned scholarly community.

The Nova Scotia PhD Program in Educational Studies helps talented scholars develop rich knowledge and advanced research skills so important in today’s rapidly changing world.

This innovative and state-of-the-art Educational Studies program at Mount Saint Vincent University includes:

  • an intensive, on-site summer institute;
  • a slate of interactive, web-enabled courses;
  • a comprehensive scholarly portfolio;
  • a doctoral dissertation.

Graduates of the program are ideally placed to play leadership roles in a range of academic and professional organizations.

Fields of Study

The PhD Program supports study in six interrelated theme areas (fields of study) that reflect the ongoing research foci of faculty at the participating universities. All of these themes are of growing importance in education. Given our rapid development as a knowledge society, all are ripe for further advanced study and research:

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Foundations and Leadership
  • Inclusive Education
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Literacies
  • Psychological Aspects of Education

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Educational Inquiry
  • Methodological Perspectives on Educational Research
  • Doctoral Seminar: Contemporary Educational Theory
  • Focused Educational Studies
  • Advanced Research Seminar: Focus on Methods
  • Special Topics Educational Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Possess a Masters degree from a recognized university in education or in a related field of study;
  • Normally, have completed a graduate thesis in a field related to their doctoral studies. Those applicants who have not completed a thesis are required to submit evidence of their ability to undertake research in education through the completion of a qualifying research paper of sufficient depth and scope to reflect their research competence;
  • A minimum of A- or 80% average in his or her highest degree;
  • A clearly conceptualized idea of an area of research or a research topic the applicant wishes to investigate in the doctoral program.
  • Scholarly preparation to conduct research, normally including graduate level courses in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and design.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23550 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23550 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11775 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11775 CAD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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