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Adult Learning and Global Change (MED)

Course Description

General Information

UBC, in cooperation with partner universities in Australia (Monash University, Melbourne), South Africa (University of the Western Cape) and Sweden (Linköping University), offers an innovative online, coursework-only, professional graduate program in Adult Learning and Global Change. Instructors in required courses are drawn from these four universities, so students benefit from a truly international instructional staff.

This program is for those seeking multiple, critical perspectives on the central role adult learning plays as individuals and communities engage with the positive and negative effects of globalization.

Students proceed through the two-year, 30-credit M.Ed. program as a cohort drawn from the four participating institutions and will get to know one another well, working together in various groupings throughout the program. Required courses are sequenced so that, with careful planning of electives, all requirements can be completed in 24 months. The 9 credits of electives may be taken at any time and are usually selected from on-campus courses (for those in the Vancouver area), from various distance-mode courses at UBC and elsewhere, and from directed studies courses tailored to student interests.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Adult Learning and Global Change
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: Online / Distance (100%)
- Program components: Coursework only
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

The University of British Columbia, in cooperation with partner universities in South Africa (University of the Western Cape), Sweden (Linköping University), and Australia (Monash University) offers an innovative online, coursework-only Master of Education (MEd) in Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC).
The program is designed for individuals who wish to understand adult learning in the context of global change, and thereby improve their professional practice. This courses in the program will benefit those working with adults in formal and informal educational settings, including human resource development in business, industry and government, and activist organisations, international and/or community development, non-governmental organisations, healthcare, cultural, and professional organisations, to name a few.
Students proceed through the two-year, 30-credit program as a cohort drawn from the four participating institutions. Instructors are also drawn from these universities; students will benefit from a truly international staff.
After completing this program students will be able to:
- Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of “globalization.”
- Identify the various ways context shapes adult learning and relevant public policy.
- Discuss why and ways learners resist or embrace “education.”
- Analyze relationships nested in successful attempts to foster change through learning.
- Plan learning interventions that help adults increase their influence over the direction and pace of local and global change.

English Requirements

English Proficiency Test Score: Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 600 (paper version), 250 (computer version), 100 (iTB) is required for admission to all programs in Educational Studies. Visit TOEFL’s website
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): Minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0.
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 81.
- The applicants must have an official report of their score on one of these tests sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate - - Program Assistant, Department of Educational Studies at the address below by the application deadline. Score reports more than two years old will not be accepted.

Visit the Adult Learning and Global Change (MED) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to a master’s degree program at UBC, applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (apart from applicants from Quebec) with a minimum overall average in the B+ range (at UBC 76%) in third- and fourth-year courses prescribed by the Department concerned as prerequisite to the master’s program.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $7,771.11, International $7,771.11

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