Message from the Dean of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Education

Message from the Dean of Graduate Studies

Welcome to graduate studies in the Faculty of Education. Brock University has a proud tradition in ‘educating the educators,’ and the Faculty of Graduate Studies is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Brock's many Master of Education students as well as the growing number of PhD students now registered in Brock’s collaborative doctoral program in Educational Studies.

The three pathways of the MEd program — course-based, major research project, or thesis route — allows students to tailor their program of study to specific interests and needs. Whatever your pathway, we would like you to know that as a graduate student in the Faculties of Education and Graduate Studies, you are an important part of a dynamic community of scholars and researchers.

You have joined a vibrant graduate sector that now offers 34 Master's programs and 8 PhD programs. Our rapid growth in graduate studies in recent years is an indication of Brock's emerging status as a research-intensive university known for its vigorous intellectual climate.

We invite you to participate in our annual Mapping the New Knowledges graduate student conference activities. This yearly showcase of excellence in graduate student scholarship and research provides you the opportunity to make meaningful connections within our graduate community — connections that hold great promise for future research collaborations with students and faculty from many other disciplines. More details about our Mapping events are posted at

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is committed to moving forward with innovative graduate programming of the first rank, and to offering an outstanding graduate experience to students who come to us to develop themselves, to become all that they can be. We are supporting all graduate students with opportunities to acquire professional development skills and competencies to augment their academic studies. You can find out more about workshops and resources designed to help you prepare for your career and professional life at

Within graduate studies, Education students occupy a special niche. Education is the cornerstone upon which civil societies around the globe are built. As students, theorists and practitioners, your work has the potential to effect powerful change — for the individual students you teach, for the schools and other institutions where you will play leadership roles, and for the larger communities that surround us.

On behalf of the staff in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, I wish you the best in your endeavours in the coming year. Please contact us through the Graduate Studies website, or visit our offices in MC D250, if we can be of help to you.

Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Dr. Michael Plyley


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