Graduate Programs

Master of Education

Brandon University offers the following graduate level programs designed for teachers interested in the continuing process of professional learning.

  • 36 credit hour Master of Education Degree
  • 24 credit hour Master of Education Degree (available to those with a 1st “36 credit hour” M.Ed. from BU)

Students entering the Master of Education degree have the following options:

  • Course work only route – Students complete 36 credit hours of course work in the course route.
  • Thesis route – Students complete 27 credit hours of course work and a 9-credit hour thesis in the thesis route.

Note: All students begin in the course route.  Once 15 credit hours (including the 2 core courses: 07.752 & 07.714) have been successfully completed, the student, in consultation with the department chair, may submit an application to move forward into the Thesis route for the Master of Education program, following the procedures outlined in the Thesis Protocol document.

For more information call (204) 727-7406 or email

Master of Music

Brandon University School of Music offers the Master of Music degree with majors in Performance and Literature (Piano, Collaborative Piano, Strings, Clarinet, Conducting and Composition), and in Music Education (advanced study with practical emphasis in elementary music, choral music, or instrumental music).

For more information call (204) 727-7388 or email

Note: Applications for the Music Education stream of the Master of Music are not being accepted for the 2024-25 year.

Master of Psychiatric Nursing

The Master of Psychiatric Nursing program, a first of its kind in Canada, is designed for professionals who are seeking advanced practice roles in administration, clinical practice or education. Graduates will be prepared for leadership in psychiatric nursing and health care.

For more information call (204) 571-8569 or email

Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (GDRD)

The Graduate Diploma in Rural Development is designed to provide graduate level study to those who wish to extend their knowledge of theory and practice through course work but are not interested in the research training component of graduate study.

The Diploma program consists of 18 credit hours of course work. Any sequence of courses is allowable but the thesis and practicum options are not available.

For more information call (204) 571-8514 or email

Master of Arts (Rural Development)

The Master of Arts (Rural Development) degree provides students with the following:

  • Knowledge of current development theory
  • The ability to apply knowledge to their selected area of interest
  • Skills in understanding and participating in rural governance
  • Technical skills in research design and reporting
  • Basic training in community relations, networking, group facilitation and development planning
  • An understanding of the formulation and role of policy in rural development
  • Knowledge of the structure and functioning of rural society

For more information call (204) 571-8514 or email

Master of Science (Environmental & Life Sciences)

The Master of Science (Environmental and Life Sciences) degree (MELS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the following:

  • Technical skills in applied and theoretical research, project design and reporting;
  • The ability to integrate and apply knowledge and techniques across a suite of disciplines to selected areas of interest within the environmental and life sciences;
  • Courses integrating knowledge and techniques drawn from the traditional disciplines of biology, chemistry, environmental science, geography, and geology;
  • An interdisciplinary thesis that investigates the interactions within and among organisms and/or the environment at scales from the molecular to planet-wide;
  • Training in the application of life and environmental science technologies

For more information call (204) 727-9608 or email

For more information on all graduate programs, please refer to the Graduate Studies Calendar