Master of Adult Education and Community Development (Online program)

Now Accepting Applications for January 2023

Deadline to apply to October 15, 2022


Congratulations to the 2021 John Dobson and Marie Gillen Award Recipients: Chantale Hutchinson, Mary McPherson and Jewell Mitchell! Meet the recipients here.


The Faculty of Education is committed to our programming during these uncertain times.

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About Us

In times of rapid change, professional, workplace, and community-based learning is the key to successful adaptation, growth, and resilience. Designed for busy professionals who need to think critically, we are Canada's oldest distance and part-time Master of Adult Education program. 

Upcoming Intake for Online Program:  January 2023


Our History

The Department of Adult Education was established in 1970. Historically, the Department emerged out of a long standing focus on adult education and community development at StFX. The Antigonish Movement, a program of community self-reliance, began on the StFX university campus. Today the StFX Extension Department carries out this work within Nova Scotia, while the Coady International Institute extends the principles of adult education to community development leaders from countries all over the globe. The department has a formalized working relationship with the Coady International Institute, and one of our faculty members is cross appointed with the Institute. MAdEd participants are introduced to Coady approaches and resources that they can draw from in order to create community programs that are more engaging and effective.


St. Francis Xavier University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet)

Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725.