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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 a variety of disciplines.
  • 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 (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree)
  • 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

Required Documents

Official Transcripts

Submit one official copy for all post secondary education institutions, including incomplete studies/programs, transfer courses, letter of permission and exchanges. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received by Trent University in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, or received from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Trent students do not need to order Trent University transcripts. The School of Graduate Studies will obtain your Trent University transcripts for your application free of charge.

Two Letters of Reference

Academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting.  The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.

Proof of Citizenship

(ie. copy of passport or birth certificate)

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants who completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the USA are exempt from this requirement. If you have completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency.

For detailed information about English Language Proficiency requirements, see International Applications

Applicants must make their own arrangements for taking language tests and having the results sent to the School of Graduate Studies in time to meet application deadlines by contacting the centre in their locale or by writing to one of the above.

Plan of Study

Typically 1-2 pages, outlining applicant's objectives in a graduate program. Any specific research interests (if known), relevant experiences, and/or career aspirations can be included. If a potential supervisor has been discussed, please identify this in your plan of study. Please indicate in the subject line of your email: student name and MA.CSID. Email to: graduate@trentu.ca .

A Writing Sample

Submit a sample of your writing of about 20 pages or less. Writing samples preferred format is PDF. Hard copies will not be accepted. Good choices for writing samples include:  an undergraduate essay, lab report, research report, journal article, a chapter from a masters thesis, or a published article. Please indicate in the subject line of your email: student name and MA.CSID. Email to: graduate@trentu.ca .

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