The Northern Studies program at Carleton University has four pathways for graduate students. There are M.A. and M.Sc. degrees and Graduate Diplomas (Type 2 or 3).

All of the programs are designed to give interdisciplinary training and experience in Northern Studies and all students are required to begin their studies with a field course of about one week. This is a residential field course that will take place too far from Ottawa for daily commuting. The introductory field course is a prerequisite for the core courses that are integral to the degrees and diplomas.

All students take two core courses, both over the Fall and Winter terms. One of these courses involves two meetings per week. The other course is organized for group and project work. In addition to these courses, all students must take a graduate seminar in epistemology or research methods. Students in the degree program are also required to take a work placement in Ottawa or the North, a second field course in northern Canada, and a comprehensive examination.

The M.A. or M.Sc. degrees may be completed in one year of full-time study. This involves registration in three terms (Fall, Winter, Summer). The diploma programs may be completed in two terms of full-time study (Fall, Winter). Part-time enrollment is available for both degree and diploma students. Financial support is available to full-time students.

The formal requirements for the program are listed in the Graduate Calendar pages.

Graduate Professional Development

As a graduate student at Carleton, you have access to a variety of professional development resources. These include skill workshops, one-on-one career and writing consultations, career-oriented events, and even structured programs. Challenge yourself by acquiring new skills that can help you boost your employability. To learn more, visit the Graduate Professional Development website at