Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Legal Studies (MA)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:Department of Law
Field of Study:Legal Studies, General
Areas of Research:The research and teaching interests of faculty members in the Department include the following areas of specialization: Crime, Governance and Security Globalization, International Law and Transnational Justice Citizenship, Human Rights and Political Economy Gender, Sexuality and Identity Law, History, Culture and Humanities Conflict Resolution
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,657
National: $6,976


Organized around the theme of law and social transformation, this interdisciplinary MA program is designed for students interested in developing a rigorous and critical understanding of how law works, the different ways individuals encounter and challenge law, the changing means by which regulation takes place and the relationship between law, nation, citizenship and belonging. Our students participate in ongoing research and seminar series sponsored by the Department of Law and Legal Studies, including the Jurisprudence Center and the Graduate Culture Seminar.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
The requirement for admission into the M.A. program in Legal Studies is an Honours bachelor's degree or the equivalent, with at least high honours standing. Applicants will be considered for admission on the basis of their academic background and standing. Where relevant, previous professional experience may be taken into account. The Supervisor of Graduate Studies may, in some circumstances, recommend that applicants with exceptional promise who have less than BA (Honours) status be admitted into a qualifying-year program designed to raise their standing to honours status. Applicants without a background in law may be required to complete one or more designated courses from the department's undergraduate program before taking courses towards the master's degree.

* 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