Master's Degrees in Master of Arts in Canada

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The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

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714 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Canada

M.A. Learning and Technology

The MA in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University responds to the demand for qualified professionals in the field of technology-mediated learning and education and the need for management level individuals who have the knowledge, skills and ability to assume the leadership roles that are required to plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate contemporary learning environments.

Education & Technology
M.A. Higher Education Administration and Leadership

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at Royal Roads University is a two-year, 33-credit program that provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership within complex and changing higher educational environments.

Education & Technology
M.A. Environmental Education and Communication

The Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program at Royal Roads University will empower you, and give you the depth and insight to lead and motivate others in developing a sustainable, environmentally sound society.

Environment & Sustainability
M.A. Musicology

The MA in Musicology is an integrated program involving music criticism, analysis, and applied theory, as well as cultural and historical study. It offers students close mentoring, leading to the development of skills appropriate to a career in musicology.

M.A. Folklore

The only Anglophone university in Canada to offer comprehensive folklore programs at all levels, Memorial is also a vital part of its community - one steeped in unique lifestyles and traditions, and where the study and celebration of culture and heritage is considered crucial. This provides folklorists with rich opportunities for innovative community partnerships and learning experiences.

M.A. Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Queen’s University focuses on critical social inquiry and in-depth research, offering students challenging projects and world-class resources to complete them. Our faculty members are all well-published scholars with national or international reputations, yet they still manage to maintain an open-door policy and establish supportive relationships with students.

M.A. Economics

University of Guelph, Economics - There are two main routes in the program (most candidates pursue the first route):Course Work and Research Project (major paper) / Course Work and Thesis.

M.A. Anthropology

Anthropologists analyze patterns of social relationships and responses, studying the world’s peoples within a cross-cultural, comparative framework. 

M.A. History

Program focus is to foster intensive examination of particular topics from a variety of approaches including gender history, transnational and comparative history, economic history, political history, cultural history and social history.

M.A. Popular Music and Culture

The MA in Popular Music and Culture offers in-depth study of popular music in its musical, cultural, and industrial contexts. The program harnesses the resources of two faculties to facilitate inquiry into aspects of popular music that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

M.A. Ancient Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Ancient Philosophy is an interdisciplinary program jointly sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Classical Studies that combines graduate seminars in ancient philosophy with language courses in Greek and Latin.

M.A. Economics

The MA program provides a background in economic theory, quantitative methods and applied areas of study suitable for students who are either planning a career in business or government or those students who intend to continue on to the PhD program.

M.A. European and Russian Affairs

The Master of Arts program in European and Russian Affairs (MA ERA) is designed to provide a well-rounded multi-disciplinary education in European, Russian, and Eurasian affairs for students who wish to pursue professional, non-academic careers in government and diplomacy, journalism, business, research, and teaching.

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. History

The Department of History at the University of Toronto offers a broadly diversified program of graduate studies leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. I

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. Economic Policy

Explaining, and analyzing the relationships of, economic phenomena at the individual and economy-wide levels that affect the allocation of resources and the distribution of well-being using economic theory and quantitative methods.

M.A. Native Studies

The Graduate program consists of core courses in the Native Studies Department and optional course offerings in other departments, and offers opportunities for specialization in First Nation, Inuit and Métis histories, cultures, social and theoretical issues. The emphasis of the program is on research and therefore a thesis is a degree requirement in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

M.A. English

Creative and curious individuals seeking a two-year thesis based degree will find the English program stimulating, challenging and rewarding. 

M.A. Theory, Culture and Politics

In Theory, Culture and Politics 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.

M.A. English

Our Master’s programs in English Language and Literature, and Creative Writing and Literature, prepare students to understand the power of language, and to develop their critical and creative thinking and writing skills.

M.A. Linguistics

Linguistics is a highly interdisciplinary field which combines research methods from the humanities and the social, natural, and mathematical sciences. The Linguistics program is offered by University of British Columbia 

M.A. Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Regina offers a Master’s program on a special case basis only. Because we do not have a standardized Master’s Program, we design an individualized program for each student, consisting of five approved classes and a thesis topic. 

M.A. Music Education

The graduate program in Music Education offered by University of British Columbia is designed to meet a variety of needs and interests. Specializations include conducting, music pedagogy, early childhood music, curriculum development, cultural studies, music and media studies, music and related technologies, and teacher education.

M.A. Comparative Literature

The Centre for Comparative Literature offers a Master of Arts degree program to students qualified to pursue literary studies involving several languages. Students pursue research across languages and national literatures, and theoretical issues that cross traditional disciplines.

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. Communication and Culture

“ComCult” offers MA and PhD degrees in three Areas of Study: Media and Culture, Politics and Policy, and Technology in Practice. Our program is uniquely situated within the Toronto media and arts scene, and offers an interdisciplinary faculty and research base spanning both campuses.

M.A. Social and Cultural Anthropology

The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology provides the opportunity to engage in a substantial fieldwork project where the researcher works closely with research subjects and gains an understanding of their experiences and of the ways in which they construct meaningful lives. 

M.A. Joint Religion

The Department of Religious Studies at The University of Winnipeg and the Department of Religion at The University of Manitoba offer a Joint Master of Arts Program.

M.A. Economics

The MA Economics Program includes two streams: (i) Research-Based Stream (RBS) and (ii) Course-Based Stream (CBS). RBS consists of eight one-term graduate courses and a Master's Report while CBS consists of 10 graduate courses.

UNB Saint John
M.A. Theatre

The two-year M.A. Theatre program at University of British Columbia offers students the opportunity to pursue theatre studies through coursework and an M.A. thesis project. Students are expected to give primary attention to an area of expertise of their choice while training in the broader theoretical, critical, and historical contexts of the field.  

M.A. Political Science

Acadia’s 12-month program in Political Science helps you unite great ideas and urgent practice. Our rigorous program will prepare you for work in the public and private sectors or further graduate study at the PhD level.

M.A. Native American Studies

The Master of Arts program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses. The number and details of the courses are determined within the first semester of the student's program.

M.A. Linguistics

The research programs of most of our graduate students, past and present, involve original fieldwork with either the local indigenous languages or in such diverse places as China, Korea, Iran, and the South Pacific. Courses in linguistics have been offered at the University of Manitoba since 1967; an independent department of linguistics was created in 1984. 

M.A. English

English Studies involves the historical and analytical study of literatures and cultures produced in English throughout the world – British, North American and Postcolonial – as well as the study of critical and cultural theory.

M.A. Development Economics

This Development Economics program is offered by the University of Northern British Columbia. Economic development remains a critical issue for more than three-quarters of the world’s population who reside in countries classified as “low income” or “middle income.” The causes and consequences of economic development remain contested issues.

M.A. Sociology

UBC sociology is the home to several important journals for the field, including the Canadian Review of Sociology (edited by Rima Wilkes), Sociological Theory (edited by Neil Gross), and Sojourners, Undergraduate Journal of Sociology (edited by UBC undergraduate students). The Sociology program is offered by University of British Columbia.

M.A. Italian Studies

The Master of Arts program offers advanced education in all areas of Italian literature and provides training in research techniques.

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. Cinema Studies

The Cinema Studies Institute offers a program leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Cinema Studies. Faculty members have expertise in several areas, including film history, film theory, film analysis, and film and cultural practices.

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. Economics (Non-Thesis)

The Department of Economics offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs that attract students from all over the world. Faculty members conduct research in numerous areas of economics, with particularly strong representation in the fields of econometrics, empirical microeconomics including development, and natural resources.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Greek and Roman Studies

Be inspired by internationally recognized scholars in our intimate and congenial department. Our faculty members are teachers, mentors, and evaluators, here to guide you in your academic pursuits. 

M.A. Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your M.A. degree. Students enjoy small seminar classes and one-on-one contact with faculty members. Graduates of the program have gone on to PhD work at some of the top programs in North America and Europe.

M.A. Pacific and Asian Studies

Pacific and Asian Studies has an established graduate program that attracts students from around the world. Our program is multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on analytical approaches to language, literature, history, theatre, film, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and social issues, and more.

M.A. Gerontology

The MA in Gerontology prepares students for professional or academic roles requiring specialization in aging. It is for those with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline and who have completed coursework in aging.

M.A. Film Studies

Critical approaches to cinema extend far beyond the limits of the silver screen. The relationship between the viewer and the moving image has never been more complicated, with practices like gaming and online videos altering our understanding of the medium’s role in society.

M.A. Multidisciplinary Leadership

The Multidisciplinary Leadership program is offered by the University of Northern British Columbia. The Multidisciplinary Leadership specialization is designed to prepare graduates to take on roles of responsibility and leadership in a number of educational and community environments. 

M.A. Communication Studies

The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies program seeks students with open minds to explore new approaches to media, communication, and culture in a challenging, rewarding, and supportive environment. 

M.A. German

The graduate program in German welcomes high quality, motivated students seeking a graduate degree with an interdisciplinary focus. We believe that German is studied often most productively with interdisciplinary, international or intercultural goals in mind.

M.A. Economics

The M.A. program in Economics at University of British Columbia owes its strength to the quality of its research faculty, opportunities for intensive training in theoretical and applied work, and a diverse offering of specializations. 

M.A. Art History

The Graduate Program in Art History at York University is designed to meet contemporary Canadian needs in the areas of art and architectural history, critical theory and writing, visual culture, and the gallery and museum field. It focuses on the Canadian heritage in the visual arts, which is defined as works of art made by Canadians and works which have been brought to Canada to find a permanent home here. The program is bilingual in principal.

M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies

The Joint M.A. Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (JMP-PACS) encompasses: the analysis and resolution of social conflicts, peace research that examines the structural roots of social conflicts, divisions, and social inequalities, strategies for building community and promoting social justice.

M.A. Art Education

The MA in Art Education helps students develop a critical understanding of the theories, approaches and practices that influence the teaching of visual arts. Award-winning faculty are leading experts in their fields, contributing to a supportive environment for the development and pursuit of innovative ideas and directions.

M.A. Religion

The Department for the Study of Religion offers Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs in the study of religion and facilitates research and publication on religion. The department consolidates the vast curricular and faculty resources that are distributed throughout the many departments and colleges of the University and enables its students to use any resource in the University which serves the study of religion.

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. Social Justice and Equity Studies

Social Justice and Equity Studies is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic in its theoretical traditions, substantive problematics, methods and approaches. Our program seeks to enact an emancipatory politics of knowledge in favouring voices and perspectives that have been historically marginalized and who are actively resisting domination.

M.A. Child Studies

Concordia University's Master of Arts in Child Studies provides an individualized and exciting way to enter the world of children from a variety of scholarly and practical perspectives.

M.A. Art Conservation

Graduates from the Queen’s Master of Art Conservation program are employed worldwide in conservation laboratories and research facilities in art galleries, museums, libraries, archives, and independent conservation studios. Graduates have also gone on to Ph.D. programs in North America, Europe, and Australia.

M.A. Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies

Human society is grounded in language. Our broad-based MA program, housed in the School of Linguistics and Languages Studies (SLaLS), emphasizes the central role that language plays in educational, workplace, community and other social contexts. 

M.A. Critical Disability Studies

The MA program takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, history, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, gender studies, and refugee and immigration studies. 

M.A. Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers Master of Arts in Political Science program is offered by University of British Columbia and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs that are structured around five substantive fields: Canadian politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and U.S. Politics. 

M.A. Education and Society (Non-Thesis)

The M.A. in Education and Society consists of a 45-credit thesis or non-thesis program. The program focuses on two main fields of study—Culture and Values in Education and Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum—reflect distinct but overlapping areas of educational inquiry.

Faculty of Education
M.A. Visual Arts

The one year MA in Art History offers training in the histories and theories of art and visual culture. The MA degree requires full-time study for three terms (fall, winter, summer) and has two streams, a course-based stream and a thesis-based stream.

M.A. Humanities

Students can choose either the thesis stream or the course-based stream with a major research paper. A further option is the Practicum, in which a student works in a community organization, all the while engaged in “reading” that organization as a “text” embedded in a larger social and cultural context.

M.A. Economics

The Masters of Arts in Economics (MA) is a one-year program that provides a thorough grounding in modern economics, blending both theoretical and empirical methods.

M.A. Global Environmental Policy

The Global Environmental Policy program is offered by the University of Northern British Columbia. UNBC's innovative and interdisciplinary Master's degree in International Studies has three main streams: regional relations, international development, and global environmental policy. 

M.A. Political Science (Non-Thesis)

MA graduates gain the scholarly preparation required to proceed to the PhD program at McGill or elsewhere. Alternatively, the MA degree prepares graduates for teaching at the college level, for advanced study in other disciplines, or for rewarding jobs in government and the private sector.

Faculty of Arts