Island Studies

University of Prince Edward Island

24 months
7875 CAD/year
4134 CAD/year
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The Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) at the University of Prince Edward Island is a unique, interdisciplinary, and policy-driven graduate program that critiques islands on their own terms.

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The program welcomes students from around the world. They come out of undergraduate programs from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and diverse degrees, or with professional workplace experience in the public, private, or resource sectors.

Students may adopt a comparative approach to study islands or explore a topic or issue that is crucial to one island. Either way, the Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island will prepare students with the practical research skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a world increasingly defined by interconnections and interactions among peoples and regions. Read about what our graduates say about the program.


  • Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator
  • Director, Center for Life-Long Learning
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Business Owner
  • Policy Analyst, public and private sectors
  • College Instructor
  • Researcher, Organic Farming

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies
  • Research Methods and Design for Island Studies
  • Migration and Movement among Small Islands
  • The International relations Small Islands States

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The minimum requirement for admission to graduate studies in the Faculty of Arts is a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in an honours or majors program or equivalent from a recognized university or college. Applicants must also provide, and will be assessed for admission, on:

  • A statement of research interests
  • A sample of written research work from prior university or professional experience
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors or those familiar with the applicant’s professional work
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • An application form (available from the Registrar’s Office or online)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7875 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15750 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4134 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8268 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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