Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Program Details

The MEd program is designed for you, a working professional in education, training and employee development who wants to assume a position as an educational leader and researcher in education, health care, private industry or government.

The program's instructors are drawn from a range of academic fields, including educational leadership, curriculum, inclusive and special education and counselling.

The MEd program consists of a minimum of 30 credits; 15 through core courses and 15 through electives and the program completion option. You can take some courses online through Open Learning. See the Open Learning MEd page.

 Residency Requirements

To graduate with a TRU degree, a minimum of half of the program (15 credits) must be completed through TRU. Transfer credits from another institution may be possible and are determined after admission to the program.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) cannot be used to meet residency or program completion option requirements.

 Program Completion Options

To attain the MEd degree, complete one of the following options:


27 credits (five core courses and four electives) and the following:
EDUC 5280 or EDUC 5281, Capstone Seminar (3)

In the capstone, you write a major synthesis paper on their learning in the MEd, the topic of which you determine in consultation with your instructor. You benefit from your interaction with peers in this course. In the capstone, you look at models and examples of synthesis papers, conduct peer reviews and engage in presentations. You grapple with complex ideas and issues and reflect deeply on what you learned in this program.


24 credits (five core courses and three electives) and the following:
EDUC 5180, Research Project (6)

In the project option, you engage in a research project of study and work one-on-one with your project supervisor. You write a reflective paper summarizing the research project and present your project to a community of inquiry, including peer colleagues and instructors.


21 credits (five core courses and two electives) and the following:
EDUC 5070, Research Design (3)
EDUC 5998, Thesis (6)

In the thesis option, you engage in research to develop and write your thesis, using each preceding course as a formative stage. You work one-on-one with your thesis supervisor. A defence to a committee is the culminating component. Rather than an exhaustive review of the published literature in your field of study, focus on an original and clear demonstration of your knowledge and interpretation of some of this literature. Theses involving human participants, animal subjects, microorganisms, living cells, other biohazards and/or radioactive materials must include approval certification (please see the Research Ethics page.


Please see international and graduate tuition and fees on the Tuition and Fees page.