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Cultural Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #239 (QS) Kingston, Canada
The Cultural Studies MA program from Queen's University is a highly flexible degree, comprised of a combination of core courses, elective courses, attendance at our professional development seminar series. Students have the choice of writing a thesis, research paper, or project


Key Features

  • The program is designed to be completed in 18-24 months.
  • Students take one year of courses, and spend the next year researching and writing.
  • Students can opt for the traditional thesis or carry out artistic and/or community-based research-creation that can presented in a variety of media formats.
  • All students receive a minimum funding guarantee of $15,000 per year for two years. 
  • Students can pursue a hands-on practicum course as a part of their degree path.
  • Graduates of the program typically go on to careers in marketing, journalism, not-for- profits or NGOs, government and policy positions, cultural institutions, or pursue additional academic degrees.

The main strength of the Cultural Studies MA program from Queen's University is that students typically work with a committee of two faculty from different departments. This allows students to be guided towards theorizing specific fields and areas from multiple perspectives, rather than being trained in a single disciplinary perspective. The program's fundamental guiding principle is that the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to grappling with complex, culturally-embedded forms, objects and processes.

We welcome applications from students who are working on any field that can be supported from within the cultural studies framework. You may also wish to consult our list of research areas that we are currently focussing on. Please email the program director for further information.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Cultural Studies Colloquium
  • Cultural Studies Historiography
  • Community-Based Research
  • Cultural Studies Theory 
  • Critical Methodologies in Cultural Studies  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Academic average of at least a B+ when applying for a Master's degree

  • Academic average of at least an A when applying for a Doctoral degree

  • A complete application must include official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous study the applicant has listed in the Academic Background section of the application

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • A list of current courses will be requested during the online application process

  • A Statement of Interest outlining your research interests, why you consider the Cultural Studies a good fit for your research
  • An academic writing sample, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages, in PDF format)
  • A Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14899 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14899 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7108 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7108 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Kingston

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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