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Adult Education and Human Resource Development (MEd)

The Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development program prepares graduates for specialized educational roles in organizations involved in training and development, and in adult training institutions.

Students learn concepts that help address the complexities faced by organizations in today’s rapidly changing social, technological, and political environments. Students will learn how to successfully plan and manage change, reduce organizational risks, improve organizational functioning, and adopt innovative solutions to organizational challenges.

Small class sizes allow for a lot of one-on-one time with professors, excellent mentorship opportunities, as well as networking opportunities.

Graduates from this program are positioned to apply for a professional designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

We offer the following graduate programs:

Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (thesis-based)

The thesis-based master's program provides the introduction to scholarly activities and independent, original research and is generally critical to students intending further study at the doctoral level.

Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (project-based)

This master's program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply theory in the field. Projects may have a research element, but of more limited scope and the research is not independent, original research.

Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development (course-based)

The course-based master's program consists of 10 courses.

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development
Length: 1-2 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Adult Education and Human Resource Development Meet Your Faculty

Why Study Adult Education and Human Resource Development at the University of Regina?

The key benefits of our Education graduate programs are:

  • Structured and transparent course scheduling (posted 2-year tentative course schedule)
  • Increasing availability of open-source education resources
  • Access to research opportunities (thesis) or experiential learning opportunities (project or capstone course)

Students who hold a Saskatchewan Professional “A” Teachers Certificate and an approved bachelor’s degree may be eligible to use the Master of Education degree to reclassify with their respective board of education.

Adult Education and Human Resource Development Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must have a four-year degree applicable to the program (normally a B.Ed., B.A.Ed., B.H.R.D., or equivalent) and a minimum grade point average of 70 per cent. 

Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. Admission is subject to availability of space.

For more information about admission requirements, refer to the graduate calendar.

What are some of the courses that Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development students take?

AHR 802 Foundations of HRD Development: The Theory and Practice of Adult Education and Human Resource Development

An examination of the historical, sociological, political, and philosophical forces and traditions that serve to shape HRD in organizations. Theories of, and approaches to, human resource development in organizations, communities and societies will be explored from historical, cultural, socio-political, ideological, and critical perspectives.

EAHR 821 Leadership in Organizations

A study of theories of, and approaches to, leadership and their application to organizations and post-secondary education institutions. Topics will include strategic leadership, ethical, spiritual and authentic leadership, gender, diversity and cross-cultural leadership, leading change, leadership styles and behaviours, leadership and social responsibility as well as leadership and creativity and innovation.

EAHR 823 Trends in Developing Human Resources

An analysis of the trends and issues shaping human resources and the models and strategies used in developing the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies of human resource professionals in organizations, institutions and workplace settings.

Can I transfer into this program?
Transfer credit may be awarded when a student has successfully completed graduate-level coursework at the University of Regina (while registered in a different program) or at another accredited institution of higher education, either during or prior to starting their program at the U of R. Transfer credit is only considered for courses (not for thesis, project, or practicum work) that are relevant to the degree program, achieved a grade of 70 per cent or more, and are still current for the program. Up to a maximum of 40 per cent of the course work credit hours may be used for transfer credit (not including thesis, project, or practicum hours).
Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, and graduate teaching assistant positions.

Students with first-class academic records and outstanding research programs may also be eligible to apply for national awards such as the SSHRC Masters Awards.


  • Darlene Ware and Joan Helmsing Graduate Scholarship
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Graduate Women in Education
  • Indigenous Graduate Students in Education Scholarship
  • Mary Cronin Literacy Scholarship
  • Gordon Nordvall Scholarship in Science and Environmental Education

Apply for these scholarships and more by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards
What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities can students participate in as part of this program?
  • Education Career Expo
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Student Boot camp
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Research Symposium
  • Graduate Student Development Conference
  • Indigenous Research Showcase
  • University of Regina Careers Day
  • Volunteer Fair

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development?

Upon successfully completing the Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, you will be ready for the next step of your career. Graduates have found jobs in Business Unit Training and Development departments, Crown corporations, recruitment firms, non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, and provincial government ministries.

Some of the jobs that graduates go on to include:

  • Training and development Specialist
  • Director of Training
  • Program Development Consultant
  • Diversity Specialist
  • Human Resource Professionals – including Specialists, Managers, Consultants, and Directors
  • Instructor
  • Teacher
  • Principal

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