Master of Educational Sciences in Nepal

Master of Educational Sciences in Nepal

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Kanti KhadkaMon Sep 27 2021

Master of Educational Sciences in Nepal (MES) is a recently introduced 2 years/4-semester master degree program introduced by Nepal Open University (NOU).

This course is specifically targeted at but not limited to those in leading or advising roles in educational offices from the government, NGO, company, institutions for higher education. 

Upon completion of this course, graduates can pursue careers as educational experts, researchers in the field of development and features of educational actors, institutions, related policies, and processes in educational development and educational practices.

Currently, only Nepal Open University offers this postgraduate course with key specialization on Education Governance and Leadership and Instructional Design and Technology.

For detailed information on MES, admission requirements, syllabus, job opportunities upon completion, stick with us till the end.

Key Takeaways of Master of Educational Sciences in Nepal

Course

Master of Educational Sciences (MES)

Course type

Postgraduate

Course duration

2 years/ 4 semesters

Eligibility

Must have a Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or any institution recognized  by Nepal Open University (NOU)


Must appear and pass the entrance examination conducted by (NOU) 

Average fees

NPR 92,100

Job Designations

Academic professionals, Researchers, and more

Requirements to enrol for Master of Educational Sciences in Nepal

Academic requirements

  • A Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or an institution recognized by Nepal Open University (NOU). 
  • Students from backgrounds other than Education, such as BA, BSc, BBS, BBA, LLB or equivalent, must take a 3-credit additional education course.

Documents required

  • Duly signed completed application form.
  • Self-attested photocopies of mark sheet/transcript, character certificate and citizenship.
  • Two copies of recent passport size photos
  • Scanned Voucher of Rs 1,000 deposited to  Nepal Khula Bishwa Bidhyalay (Nepal Open University) account at Global IME Bank. 

Entrance Examination

Students must appear and pass the entrance examination conducted by Nepal Open University(NOU) to qualify for admission in the MES program.

The entrance examination consists of a written test designed to test content and communicative competence. It primarily focuses on the following specializations:

  • Education Governance and Leadership 
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Nepali Education

For further insight on the entrance test of the MES course, go through the table below.

Full Marks 100

Question Types

1. Short Answer Questions: 40% 

2. Long-Answer Questions: 60%

Duration of Examination

3 hours

Medium of Test

• English for MES in Education Governance and Leadership & Instructional Design and Technology


 • Nepali Medium for MES in Nepali Education

Subject Area of Entrance Test

Description

Research Methodology

Research Problem, Research Methods, Literature Review, Techniques/Tools of Data Collection, Population and Sampling, Data Analysis and Ethical Considerations 

Subject Specialization

Understanding of the Concepts, Models and Theories; 


Critical Analysis of Recent Trends and Issues in Concerned Subject Areas 

Master of Educational Science Specialization

MES specializes in two specific topics that are:

(i) Educational Governance and Leadership

Specialization in Education Governance and Leadership under the MES program aims to produce competent human resources in the field of education who can lead, manage and administer educational institutions to ensure improved education outcomes.

 This course is ideal for education leaders, managers, administrators, government employees in the education sector, and those working in the INGO/NGO sector. 

 (ii) Instructional Design and Technology.

Specialization in Instructional Design and Technology focuses on producing specialists in the field of instructional design and technology. 

This course is ideal for teachers, educators, curriculum developers, instructional designers, and textbook writers. It concentrates on providing learners with various theories, contents, models and technologies useful in instructional designs and technologies. 

Master of Educational Sciences Curriculum

MES Curriculum consists of two types of courses – Core Courses, the fundamental courses of education and Specialization Course, which includes an academic and professional course. 

The entire program amounts to 60 credits. The credit count, in terms of credit hours, is similar to other programs, i.e. 1 credit = 16 hours. 

Out of 60 credits, 24 credits (40% of total credits) consists of Core Courses, including Thesis. The Core Courses are entirely theoretical except for the thesis, which is a research-based practical course. 

The remaining 36 credits (60% of total credits) out of 60 credits is allocated in the specialization area, which includes elective courses equal to 3-credits. 

The 36 credits specialization course is a mix of both theoretical and practical curriculum.

Syllabus of MES Education Governance and Leadership 

Additional course for students from other backgrounds: Foundation of Education in the first semester

Semester I

Semester II

Course Name

Cr.

Nature

Course Name 

Cr.

Nature

Philosophical and Historical Perspectives of Education

3

Core

Educational Psychology and Learning Theories

3

Core

Research in Education 

3

Core

Applied Statistics in Education Research 

3

Core

Social Foundations of Education 

3

Core

Managing Diversity in Education 

3

Core

Governance and Accountability

3

Specialization

Economics of Education

3

Specialization

Leadership Theory and Practice

3

Specialization

Organizational Psychology

3

Specialization

Total

15

 

Total

15

 

 

Semester III

Semester IV

Course Name

Cr.

Nature

Course Name 

Cr.

Nature

Curriculum and Assessment 

3

Core 

Resilient Leadership in Education 

3

Specialization

Educational Supervision

1.5

Specialization

Management and Administration in Education

3

Specialization

Education Policy and Practice in Nepal 

3

Specialization

Internship

3

Specialization 

Independent Study

3

Specialization 

Thesis

6

Core 

*Elective

3

General or specialization

     

i. Comparative Education


 ii. Alternative Education


iii. Guidance and Counseling


 iv. Higher Education Administration 

Leading and Managing Change in Education

1.5

Specialization 

     

Total

15

 

Total

15

 

Syllabus of MES Instructional Design and Technology

Additional course for students from other backgrounds:: Foundation of Education in the first semester

Semester I

Semester II

Course Name

Cr.

Nature

Course Name 

Cr.

Nature

Philosophical and Historical perspectives of Education

3

Core

Educational Psychology and Learning Theories

3

Core

Research in Education

3

Core

Applied Statistics in Education Research

3

Core

Social Foundations of Education

3

Core

Comparative Education

3

Core

Fundamentals of Instructional Design

3

Specialization

Online and Distance learning

3

Specialization

Technology Applications in Education 

3

Specialization

Instructional Designs in e-Learning 

3

Specialization

Total

15

 

Total

15

 

 

Semester III

Semester IV

Course Name

Cr.

Nature

Course Name 

Cr.

Nature

Curriculum and Assessment 

3

Core 

Alternative Education

3

Specialization

Learning and Flipped Classroom 

1.5

Specialization

Online Assessment and Student Support System

3

Specialization

Elective*

i. Governance and Accountability


ii. Resilient Leadership in Education


iii. Guidance and Counseling 


iv. Higher Education Administration 

3

General or specialization

Internship 

3

Specialization 

Integrated Pedagogical Approach in Education

3

Specialization 

Thesis

6

Core 

Cyber Ethics and Law in online education 

1.5

Specialization

     

Independent Study

3

Specialization

     

Total

15

 

Total

15

 

Master of Educational Sciences complete Syllabus:

Master of Educational Sciences.pdf

 Mode of Delivery 

The MES course is delivered in two mediums — Open and distance (Online/Offline) and face to face. 

As per NOU Curriculum Framework and Implementation Guidelines 2018, 25% of the course will be delivered online, 60% offline, and the remaining 15% in face-to-face mode. 

Evaluation Criteria

Students are evaluated based on both External assessment /written examinations and internal reviews. 

The external assessment includes final examination in different forms such as written, practical through face-to-face and distance mode. This assessment covers 60% of the total weightage. 

The Internal Assessment covers  40% of the total weightage. It is evaluated based on the following factors: 

  1. E-portfolio (Quiz, Lessons, Individual Assignments, Collaborative Assignments)
  2. Project-based Paper and Presentation: 

After the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, another mode of assessment named alternative authentic assessment has also been introduced for semester-end examination. 

In the Alternative Authentic Assessment Framework 2020 of Nepal Open University, for assessing learning achievement, different tools and techniques such as Writing Paper, Takeaway exams, presentations and viva-voce, process evaluation through e-portfolio will be used according to the nature of the course.

Colleges offering MES courses in Nepal

Currently, only Nepal Open University offers this postgraduate course with key specialization on Education Governance and Leadership and Instructional Design and Technology.

Fee Structure of Master in Educational Sciences as per NOU

Particulars

Cost NPR

Admission (one time)

2000

Library per year

1500

Name Registration

3000

Tuition fee per credit

(60 x 1200 = 72,000)

Additional Course

3600

Semester examination

(4 x 2500 = 10,000)

Total

92,100

Job Prospects of Master of Educational Sciences in Nepal

In completing, Masters in Educational Sciences in Nepal, students will be prepared to either continue their academic career in intensive doctoral programmes or transition to a wide variety of governments, national or international organisations, foundations or associations abroad.

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