Student Resources

Academic Advising & Supervision

Students desiring information regarding any of the graduate programs are encouraged to contact the Associate Chair or faculty members in their area of interest.

After being admitted, M.Ed. and Ph.D. students will be assigned an Academic Advisor. The role of the Academic Advisor is to help the student develop a personally meaningful program within the guidelines set out by both the Department and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Students are free to change their Academic Advisor by submitting a request, in writing, to the Graduate Coordinator. The Academic Advisor will continue to be the student's advisor until the student selects a Thesis Supervisor, notifies the Graduate Coordinator in writing, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research approves the change. The Thesis Supervisor then also assumes the role of Academic Advisor.

Within one year of beginning a Ph.D. program, a doctoral student requires a Supervisory Committee of three faculty members to oversee his/her academic program and academic progress. This committee must meet annually, at a minimum, to review the student's progress. After the student decides on a particular area of research, the Supervisory Committee will oversee the carrying out of the dissertation. Where appropriate, one member of the Supervisory Committee may be external to the Department.

Prior to proceeding to dissertation research, each doctoral student must complete a written proposal for their research followed by an oral examination. Students present their dissertation proposals as a part of this examination. The Candidacy examining committee consists of the three Supervisory Committee members, and two additional members. At least two members of the Candidacy Committee must be at arm's length (FGSR)*. For the final defense of the dissertation an External Examining Committee member is added. Typically, the External Examiner will act in the capacity of a Reader, who sends questions for the oral, which are delivered by the Chair of the oral. The External Examiner must be recognized as an authority in the area to be examined, and must be approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Note to new international and non-local students: In order to allow time for adequate academic advisement, those students who are accepted into the Educational Psychology program should make travel arrangements, if possible, in order to arrive in Edmonton several days before the required registration date. To develop an appropriate program of study may require an in-depth assessment of one's background by the Academic Advisor. Students may also wish to use this time to talk to other graduate students about optional courses that are available.

* An arm's length examiner is not a member of the supervisory committee, has not contributed substantially to the student's proposal, and is not a close collaborator of the supervisor. Arm's length examiners may be from the same department as the student.

Supervisory Matching Process

Doctoral Programs

As our intention is to match student interest with professorial expertise, please peruse the faculty listing to determine which faculty have similar research interests to your own. You need to contact any and all that are potential supervisors to discuss your research interests prior to completion of the application process.

Master's Programs

We do not make direct matches at the master's level, therefore there is no need to contact professors prior to submitting an admission application.

Ethics Requirements

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement for Graduate Students at the University of Alberta

In accordance with FGSR Council policy, graduate students admitted for September 2004 onward, in all programs, will be required to complete a minimum of eight hours of academic integrity and ethics training. The majority of course offerings within the Department include formal instruction on ethics, however, because of the diversity of our program offerings the Department has decided to ensure that all students receive the same fundamental ethics training.

FGSR Graduate Ethics Training (GET) Course

Master's students (all programs) will:

  1. Complete the WebCT academic integrity and ethics training course provided by FGSR (five hours)
  2. EDPY 501 Introduction to Methods of Educational Research is a required course for all master's students that includes a lecture specifically designed to address research ethics and readings for discussion.

Doctoral students (all programs) will:

  1. Upon entry into the doctoral program, students will be provided with a required reading list that will provide the foundation for a comprehensive, essay format, candidacy examination. Readings related to academic integrity and ethics will be included in each programs reading list. If new to the University of Alberta, the reading list may include the WebCT academic integrity and ethics training course provided by FGSR.

Monitoring Procedure

All master's students will be responsible for providing proof of completion of the WebCT course in the form of the documentation provided upon successful completion of each test. Completion of EDPY 501 will also be documented. Successful completion of the written candidacy examination will provide the proof of completion for doctoral students. Proof of completion will be provided to the Graduate Records Administrator prior to April 1 for Spring Convocation and October 1 for Fall Convocation. Additionally, when a student successfully defends their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation at the Oral Examination, the supervisor will sign off that the student has completed all ethics requirements.


Financial Support

A degree of financial support is available to graduate students through fellowships and scholarships awarded through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and/or graduate assistantships (both teaching and research) awarded by the Department. Most students are also eligible for educational loans. Scholarship opportunities such as those offered through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), National Health and Research Development Program (NHRDP), and the University are described on the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research website. A detailed listing of scholarships and grants is available at Awards & Funding.


Assistantships awarded by the Department of Educational Psychology vary in magnitude and number from year to year, as determined by the University budget. The order of priority for assistantships is as follows: continuing Ph.D. students, new Ph.D. students, continuing M.Ed. students, and new M.Ed. students. Unfortunately,we are not able to provide financial assistance to all graduate students requesting assistance. We are also not always able to provide the number of assistantship hours that a student might prefer. We do try to do our best within the constraints of the Assistantship funding.

For more details see Research & Teaching Assistantships.

Department Funding

Scholarly Mentorship Graduate Award
Provides partial funding to one or more students to attend an international conference with a member of their supervisory committee who is presenting or actively participating in the conference.

EDPY Graduate Student Travel Award
This award is funded by an endowment to the Department of EDPY and is aimed at assisting graduate students to travel to a conference to present or learn from research. 

EDPY Graduate Student Lorraine Bray Award
This award is for students registered in graduate programs in the Department of Educational Psychology who are studying at the Educational Psychology Clinic to support research, travel, and conference expenses.


Ed Psych Grad Students Association

Welcome to our homepage! Our purpose is to provide a voice for the graduate students in our department and distribute information that is important in their academic career.

Each area of the department has a student representative who attends faculty meetings and can then bring back important information to students in their areas. Further, the president attends the department meetings, providing a student voice and brings back pertinent information to students.

You can contact us at for any comments or questions you may have. We also have our own website where you will find useful information and links for grad students.

Please let us know if there any events you would like to see or have any concerns.

How to Subscribe to the "edpygrad" Listserv

We have also created a listserv to help keep you up to date on department news and events and facilitate communication among Ed. Psych. graduate students. It is important that you join.

To subscribe:

  • Visit the following webpage:
  • Follow the instructions under the section "Subscribing to Edpygrad". You will fill in an online form in which you insert your email address and create a password. You may subscribe with any email convenient to you - you are not restricted to using your University of Alberta email address.
  • You will then be sent an email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the members list is available only to the list administrator.

Last, but not least, the U of A Campus Graduate Students & Association sends out a newsletter via email. To add yourself to their mailing list, send a message to and ask them to add your email address to their list.

Each of these mailing lists contain important information on funding and other news. No information on one mailing list will be re-posted to the other two to avoid cross-posting, so we urge you to join all three. The volume of email for these mailing lists is quite low.

Other helpful links are provided below.


Research Support

Graduate students in the Department of Educational Psychology have access to a research consulting services unit housed in the Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation (CRAME). There is no charge for this service. Consultation is available in the areas of measurement and evaluation, research design, statistical analyses on microcomputers, and program evaluation.Within the Faculty there are three large microcomputer labs, one of which is designated for use by graduate students. The Faculty also has a Division of Technology in Education that supports research through technical assistance as well as through assistance in the production of different types of educational and research materials.The University of Alberta and school systems in the greater Edmonton area operate a Cooperative Activities Program. This is an administrative network designed to coordinate, control, and facilitate university initiated research projects that seek involvement of personnel and/or facilities of the school systems. As a result, the university has excellent access for field-based research in its immediate vicinity.