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School of Graduate Studies

A dramatic painting of Lenin speaking to soldiers and workers in Smolny's Grand Hall.

School of Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Cultural Studies M.A.

Applications are now closed for Fall 2019.

Create and Critique.

In Cultural Studies at Trent, you will explore the very foundations of the systems of belief that will determine our future. This program offers an environment that encourages the kind of creative and critical thought that will prepare you for the challenges of the workplace, and for the opportunities of a rewarding life of cultural and political inquiry. Working with your fellow students and professors as part of a closely-knit community, you will read and reflect in your coursework, and then write a critical or creative project to take your thinking to the next level.

Program options include a new one-year major research paper stream, or the traditional two-year thesis stream. The program invites proposals for academic projects, as well as for projects invested in research-creation, in which your own artistic production plays a major role.

  • Prepare yourself for a career that requires informed, creative and dynamic perspectives or for Ph.D. studies.
  • Study beyond disciplinary boundaries and collaborate with experts in their fields.

Cultural Studies M.A. Website

Program Options

  • M.A.
  • Full- or part-time studies
  • Thesis or major research paper option. Research-creation projects also welcome
  • 2-year thesis or 1-year major research paper stream
  • 1 – 2 years full time or 2 – 4 years part time to complete
  • September intake only

​Admission Requirements 

  • Honours degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree) with at least B+ (77%) in the last two years of full-time study, or last ten full academic credits
  • Demonstrated aptitude for interdisciplinary study

    A GRE test score is not required for admission into this program 

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 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          template

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.CUST. Email to: graduate@trentu.ca .       Template

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.CUST. Email to: graduate@trentu.ca .


Additional information: 

Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate) will be requested, only if an offer of admission is made.

Program contact information:

For any program specific inquiries or current application status, please contact the program directly: 

Email: culturalstudiesma@trentu.ca
 

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