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School of Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A.

Choose Canada as both a subject and the context for your inquiry.

In the interdisciplinary Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies program at Trent, you’ll be supported in your curiosity and your passion for intellectual debate and dialogue.

Structure your studies by choosing from one of two research options, a thesis or a major research paper. Explore important issues and debates in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies and consider areas of specialization such as: Canada in the global context; cultural heritage: women and gender, the arts; policy and community; or identities and difference in Canada.

At Trent, you’ll find a well-established program, a multi-disciplinary faculty that values your academic background and perspectives, and a closely-knit environment rich in inspiration.

  • Teach undergraduate students in the Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies departments.
  • Gain experience with available summer research assistantships.
  • Make community connections through the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education.
  • Prepare for further studies or a career in education, social services or the non-for-profit and advocacy sectors.

​Program Options

  • M.A.
  • Full- or part-time studies
  • 2-year thesis-based program
  • 12-month course-based program with a major research paper

​Admission Requirements 

  • Honours degree (4 years)
  • Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits)
  • Undergraduate courses relating to Canada, or willing to take such courses as make-up, usually before admission
  •  A clear interest in an interdisciplinary graduate experience

Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A. website

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