Applicants are required to hold an Honours B.A. (or the equivalent), normally with an A- average, in a subject area related to Canadian Studies or Indigenous Studies. Possession of the minimum entrance standing is not in itself, however, an assurance of admission into the program.

In addition to transcripts and letters of reference, application packages will include a statement of interest and a representative academic writing sample.

We recommend applicants explore the webpages of faculty members in advance of applying. SICS faculty research areas, related courses and publications are described on their individual SICS webpages. Applicants interested in the heritage conservation specialization, in particular, should contact appropriate faculty members to discuss this specialization. Faculty profiles can be viewed here: Faculty

M.A. Application Deadline
Applications are being accepted – Deadline is February 01 to be guaranteed consideration for funding for the fall semester.

Application accounts can be requested here.

Digital Humanities
Canadian Studies, in conjunction with a new collaborating MA in Digital Humanities, offers a program designed to add value to the existing MA in Canadian Studies by offering courses focused on the rapidly growing field of digital humanities.  Applicants must already be enrolled in the MA in Canadian Studies and, upon completion of their degree, they will obtain an MA in Canadian Studies with a designated concentration in Digital Humanities. For more information, go to Digital Humanities.

Qualifying Year Program
Applicants who do not qualify for direct admission to the master’s program may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to a qualifying-year program. Admission to the qualifying-year program does not imply automatic admission to the master’s program. At the end of the qualifying-year program, the student will be required to apply for entry into the master’s program, at which time the School will determine the student’s eligibility to enter the program.

Donner Exemption
The Aboriginal Studies and the North program area was initiated through a grant from the Donner Foundation. Students in this program area research a wide range of cultural, economic and political issues concerning First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities as well as Northern Canada. Although the same admission conditions and requirements apply as in other areas of the master’s program, here special consideration for admission may be granted to candidates who have extensive knowledge of the North and/or Aboriginal peoples.

Accelerated Pathway
Students in their third-year of study in the B.A. Honours Canadian Studies  degree should consult with both the Undergraduate Supervisor and the Graduate Supervisor to determine if the accelerated pathway is appropriate for them and to confirm their selection of courses for their final year of undergraduate studies.

For complete details, review the Graduate calendar

For further information on the MA program, please contact: Peter Hodgins, Graduate Supervisor  peter.hodgins@carleton.ca