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School of Graduate Studies

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School of Graduate Studies

Canadian Studies Ph.D.

Make an original contribution to Canadian scholarship. Join the national conversation as part of the only interdisciplinary Canadian Studies doctorate program in the country.

Bring your intellectual curiosity and with the support of world-class faculty members, complete an original piece of research relating to Canada. Throughout your journey – coursework and a thesis – you’ll broaden your knowledge of the study of Canada and its place in the global context and add your own voice to the scholarship.

At Trent, your expertise lays the foundation for your work in five possible fields of study including culture, heritage and the arts; environment and place; policy, economy and the state; identities and social movements; and feminist, gender and women’s studies. And you’ll push the boundaries of study with the combined support of expert faculty and academic resources from two universities.

  • Join a university celebrated for its role in developing the field of Canadian Studies.
  • Gain experience with available summer research assistantships.
  • Prepare for further studies or a career in education, social services or the non-for-profit and advocacy sectors.
  • Trent provides a minimum level of funding for the first four years of the program.

​Program Options

  • Ph.D.
  • Full-time or part-time studies
  • Thesis-based program
  • 4 years to complete full time

​Admission Requirements

  • Masters degree (or equivalent) with at least high honours standing in Canadian Studies or a related discipline

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