University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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World Literatures and Cultures (MA)

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Aboriginal and Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
French Language and Literature, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,739


The Master of Arts in World Literatures and Cultures is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. This one-year MA brings together areas of study such as literature, film, media, sociolinguistics, gender, Diasporas and minorities. The program explores the comparative and interdisciplinary nature of world cultures and arts, both past and present. It draws upon the combined expertise of professors from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and from other departments in both the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Discover how identities are shaped by cultural expressions in a national and transnational context. Explore the nature of representation and cultural diversity. Expand your intercultural knowledge in the dynamic setting of the nation’s capital.

The program is offered both full- and part-time. The two compulsory courses in the program are offered bilingually and the others are offered in rotation in French and in English. In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to produce their work, their research papers or theses, and to answer examination questions in French or in English. The program operates under the General Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), which can be accessed on the FGPS Website.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    To be considered for admission, applicants must: have a BA with honours or major in languages, literature, linguistics, translation, film studies, communication, international studies, intercultural studies, or in another related discipline; have achieved a minimum average of 70% (B), calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines; have an active knowledge (proficiency in understanding, speaking and writing) of one of the two official languages (either English or French) and have at least a passive knowledge (ability to understand and read) of the other language. Knowledge of a third language is strongly recommended. Applicants whose bachelor’s degree was obtained outside Canada from a university where the language of instruction was other than English or French must provide proof of their language proficiency. The list of acceptable proofs is indicated in the “Admission” section of the General Regulations of the FGPS.
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92-93]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Two letters of recommendation, letter of Intent (one-page description of your interest in World Literatures and Culture), writing sample (10-15 pages undergraduate course essay) and official transcripts of all universities attended are required. Candidates may be interviewed by a professor or professors assigned by the Section

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 October 14, 2022