The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies specifies that all candidates undertake one of the following three program patterns:

NOTE: All students are admitted into the Coursework option in the first instance, and that option is the standard MA.

In order to be admitted into the Research Essay or Thesis option, you must apply and be approved by the Graduate Committee once you are in the program. You must have excellent grades in the program and write a clear and sophisticated proposal (deadlines TBA) in order to apply.

The Graduate Committee then assesses your grades and the short proposal and decides on whether or not to admit you to the Research paper or Thesis option.

Proficiency in English

Proficiency in English is necessary to pursue graduate studies at Carleton University. Any applicant whose first language is not English must satisfy the language requirements as outlined in the Graduate Admissions webpage. Click here for complete details.

Guidelines for Completion of Master’s Degree

Full-time master’s candidates must complete their degree requirements within two calendar (six consecutive terms) years after the date of initial registration. Part-time master’s candidates must complete their degree requirements within an elapse period of six calendar years after the date of initial registration.

Academic Standing

A standing of B- or better must be obtained in each credit counted towards the master’s degree.