Graduate Studies

Welcome to Graduate Studies in Education

Are you ready to immerse yourself in specialized areas of study through research and inquiry into professional practice? Our graduate programs allow you to work with award-winning faculty and contribute to leading-edge research that advances teaching practices and learning experiences that is responsive to community needs. Here, you’ll join a dedicated, diverse graduate community, put personal inquiry into practice and grow as an individual, academic and practitioner.

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Study with award-winning researchers at one of Canada’s leading Faculties of Education. Our graduate degrees and diplomas offer specialized areas of study that prepare students for academic and professional careers in elementary, secondary, tertiary and community-based education. We also work with institutional partners to develop customized programs that meet the needs of educators and leaders.

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Graduate Degrees & Diplomas

Explore Graduate Studies in Education, compare degree programs and discover the opportunities that await you.

Graduate Diploma in Education

Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) programs are designed in collaboration with BC school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice. The GDE provides educators with the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained, reflective inquiry into their practice within a 2-year cohort model. Students can apply to use credits from a completed GDE program towards a Master of Education in Educational Practice (additional one year program).

Masters Programs

The Faculty of Education offers a wide variety of master’s degree programs (Master of Arts, Master of Education and Master of Science). Most programs are offered each year starting in the Fall term, while others begin each term, once every two years, or are offered on demand.

Doctoral Programs

The Faculty of Education offers a wide variety of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Education (EdD) degrees. Programs may be offered on a yearly basis, biennially, or even based on demand.

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Where to start? and where to go?

Use our interactive guide to explore programs that fit your interests and goals.

Academic and Professional Pathways

Whether you want to pursue leading-edge research, grow as a practitioner or find a new path, graduate studies prepares you for diverse career paths from the classroom to the community.

See where graduate studies can take you

Our students thrive, and lead, in an ever-changing and challenging world. When you study here, you join a diverse community of graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, career pathways and life journeys who will enrich your learning with a tapestry of world views and experiences.

Poh Tan

Poh Tan is a current student looking to understand early learners development.

Sheree Rodney

Sheree Rodney is a Mathematics Education PhD Alumni.

Dominic Trevisan

Dominic Trevisan is a Educational Psychology MA & PhD Alumni.

Graduate Student Life

Leading-edge and Community-engaged research

Through innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary and community-engaged research, we are enhancing the student experience, inspiring inquiry and improving the practice of teaching and learning.


We bring a deep reverence for Indigenous learning and interconnectedness to everything we do and are committed to meaningful, ongoing reconciliation.

award-winning researchers

Meet the top research minds across the Faculty who are collaborating to advance the field of education through scholarly inquiry and community-engaged research.

Education Theses

Discover graduate student research by exploring Education theses using Summit, SFU’s research repository, or visiting the SFU Library Catalogue.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Join us for an upcoming information session to learn more about our programs, faculty and student experience.


Questions? We’re here to help guide your journey with the Faculty of Education.

For general inquiries, contact the Graduate Studies office.