Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Northern Studies (MA)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Field of Study:Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,657
National: $6,976


The interdisciplinary Northern Studies graduate program at Carleton emphasizes northern environments and societies, and the policies that are developed to govern them. Students can complete this program as a Master of Arts, Master of Science or as a Graduate Diploma. All of the programs are designed to give interdisciplinary training and experience in Northern Studies and all students are required to begin their studies with a field course of about one week in length. This is a residential field course that will take place too far from Ottawa for daily commuting. The introductory field course is a prerequisite for the core courses that are integral to the degrees and diplomas. Students in the degree program are required to take a work placement in Ottawa or the North, a second field course in northern Canada, and a comprehensive examination.


Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
The minimum requirement for admission to the M.A. or M.Sc. program in Northern Studies is normally an Honours degree (or four-year degree) with B+ standing. Customarily, applicants will have degrees in the environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, or a related field. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines, or without an honours degree, must demonstrate equivalent experience that may have prepared them for the program. Applicants must present a succinct 500-word statement indicating why they anticipate academic success in an interdisciplinary environment and outlining their motivation for taking this program.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 01, 2022