Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary field, attracting students from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. It is exciting and innovative, with a critical perspective on Canadian policy, culture, and social values in a rapidly changing pluralistic society.
See our currently offered graduate courses.
In our unique interdisciplinary space, we address questions of:
- the discourses, institutions and practices that construct “Canada”; the history and present of settler colonialism
- the politics of language, identity, race, and nation in Canada and Quebec; diasporic worlds within and beyond the settler nation-state; local and global scales and strategies of decolonization
- cultural and spatial heritages; sustainable heritage conservation; cultural heritage and climate change; public memory, alternative archives and emotional geographies
Our MA in Canadian Studies offers three streams: coursework, research paper, or thesis.
We offer a standard MA in Canadian Studies, or the option to specialize by adding:
OR Collaborative MA in Digital Humanities – combine the study of Canada with a focus on new digital media, texts and tools. Find details.
Our PhD in Canadian Studies allows you to develop your own research agenda within Canadian Studies. Explore the areas of research expertise among our faculty members and the research projects of current students and recent graduates.
The PhD program includes the option of a Collaborative Specialization in Political Economy. See details.
Canadian Studies Graduate Community
The grad students organize social activities as well as an annual research symposium. Take a look!
Graduate Professional Development
Carleton offers professional development resources and programs to help you improve your skills and plan your career trajectory. To learn more, visit the Graduate Professional Development website.
Please contact the Graduate Supervisor with any questions about MA or the PhD Program before submitting your application. We are happy to consider international applications; however, international fees can be prohibitive and the funding we can access to support international students is very limited.
The deadline for all applications, including referee letters, is February 1st. Apply online.
Our core and affiliated faculty engage in research and teaching across a number of thematic areas including Heritage Conservation; Culture, Memory, and Place; Nation-building, Nationalisms, and Nation-branding; Indigenous Studies; Social Justice: Voice, Power, and Policy; Critical Settler Studies; Gender and Sexualities; and Identity, Representation, and Performance. In the emerging global economy, the development of Canada-centred knowledge has become even more relevant and in demand. What better place to study Canada than in Ottawa?
Graduate Student Resources
Graduate Students and Recent Graduates in the News
Friday, February 16, 2024
2024 Speaker Series: Populations Rendered ‘Surplus’ in Canada
2024 Speaker Series: Populations Rendered 'Surplus' in Canada The Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University is pleased to announce the upcoming talk,...
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Call for Submissions- – Heritage Conservation Symposium
The 16th Annual Graduate Student Heritage Conservation Symposium entitled towards reparative futures: heritage conservation paradigms for social justice is being held on April...
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Congratulations to John Carlson on completing his PhD in Canadian Studies!
John will be graduating in the Winter session after successfully completing his PhD. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa....