Master of Arts (MA)

Meet Amani Elrofaie, MA graduate in Education

“My graduate experience at Western was a challenge, but it was, more importantly, a perfect exposure to the ways in which I can create lasting, positive impacts in the areas of academia and education.”

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The support of highly competent supervisors and colleagues, who push me to produce excellent work and go above and beyond by providing me excellent feedback, is what allows me to thrive and be successful in this program.

Where’s your favourite place on campus?
My favourite place on campus is Weldon Library. Working at Weldon Library allows me to be productive, while enjoying its social and bustling environment of busy academics and students.

Describe your research.
Within a clinical sample of children and youth, my research reinforces the mental health and social outcomes of bullying and emotional abuse in Canada, specifically internalizing symptoms like depression and anxiety. My research also examines the ways in which protective factors like parenting and individual strengths mediate the relationships between trauma and internalizing symptoms.

Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I belong to the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), the Education Graduate Student Association (EGSA), and the SGPS Working Group on Mental Health and WELLNESS.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
I advise potential applicants to anticipate a highly challenging, but rewarding experience. Perseverance, professionalism, and collaboration will go a long way.

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Master of Arts in Education Studies

Our programs are designed to help students to succeed in their areas of interest by supporting them with top-tier researchers and academics, extensive library services, and helpful administrative support. Our master's students become teachers, administrators, and counsellors who influence the lives of young people. Many graduates from this program hold important roles in various sectors of education at the provincial, national and international levels.

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

This scientist-practitioner degree prepares graduates to work as professional counsellors in community agencies and public institutions serving a diverse range of clientele. The thesis requirement prepares graduates to be both consumers and producers of research. An 8-month internship with experienced counsellors in child and family services, schools, colleges and universities, as well as mental health and justice settings, prepares graduates for counselling practice in specialized areas of interest. The Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree may lead to entrance into advanced graduate work at the doctoral level in other institutions or faculties.

Program Length

  • 6 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Project-based or thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Education Studies

  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

  • A four-year Honours degree (20 full courses or equivalent), with a major in Psychology, from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.
  • An undergraduate honours thesis or equivalent (e.g. senior research project).
  • Minimum one year or equivalent paid and/or volunteer experience in the helping professions (Please see Faculty of Education website for further details,

Additional Requirements

Master of Arts in Education Studies (Recommended)

  • A Qualification leading to certification as a teacher (e.g. B.Ed.).
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience, or experience within the field of education.
  • For application to the field of Education Psychology/Special Education only, a background is psychology should be apparent. Preferably these applicants will have completed Additional Qualification Courses in Special Education (Part 1 & 2).

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Recommended)

  • Courses/background in research statistical methods.

A number of exceptions exist for the MA - Counseling Psychology program. Please visit Education - Admission Requirements for more information.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

Applicants are encouraged to submit early. Please visit Education - How to Apply for more information.

Fields of Research

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies
  • Curriculum Studies
  • School and Applied Child Psychology