M.A. On Campus

Island Studies

University of Prince Edward Island

24 months
6080 CAD/year
6080 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. We welcome students from around the world with diverse disciplinary backgrounds and diverse degrees, or with professional workplace experience in the public, private, or resource sectors.


Our Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island offers a challenging opportunity for students with:

  • a special interest in researching islands: their societies, economies, histories, cultures, governments, geographies, and environments
  • an interest in public policy and administration
  • career aspirations within local, regional, national, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • career aspirations in the private and resource sectors
  • a desire for the challenge of graduate education

UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for almost two decades. Now we are pleased to offer a course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies program, specializing in three streams:

  • Island Tourism (IT)
  • Sustainable Island Communities (SIC)
  • International Relations (Island Studies) and Island Public Policy

Course-based stream students will participate in in-person and/or hybrid model delivery courses, combining face-to-face, online, and video-based instruction. All of these specializations combine practice with theory.


International Relations (Island Studies) and Island Public Policy:

  • Students will gain the skills and knowledge to start or advance a career within local, provincial/state, federal and international governments or non-profit agencies that interact with government.
  • Private companies that have extensive interactions with island governments will also benefit from the graduates’ skills and understanding of island policy issues.
Island Tourism:
  • Employment opportunities for graduates include positions in travel agency and tour operating companies, the heritage sector, official tourist organizations, branding and marketing companies, and local or national government and other (including regional and international) organizations where knowledge of the tourism sector is important.
Sustainable Island Communities:
  • Employment opportunities for graduates of this specialization include community economic development, natural resources management, sustainable agriculture, rural and land-use planning, renewable and alternative energy management, environmental consulting, sustainability director positions, and posts with international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Watch, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Local, regional and federal government departments of sustainability and environmental management on islands would be natural employers for graduates from this focus area.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies
  • Research Methods and Design for Island Studies
  • Theory and Practice of Island Research
  • International Relations and Island States
  • Islands and Tourism
  • Sustainability for Small Islands
  • Public Policy in Small Islands
  • Communications Management and Island Issues

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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.

The applicant will ordinarily be expected to have achieved an average of at least second class (“B”, i.e. 70% to 79.9%) standing in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years.

  • All official post-secondary transcripts
  • A "Statement of Research Interests" 
    • a 1-3 page statement indicating your motivation for applying to this particular program. If you are applying to the thesis program please provide a general idea of what you intend to pursue as part of your thesis research.
  • A sample of written research work (in English) from prior university or professional experience.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors or those familiar with your professional work.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    6080 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12160 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    6080 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12160 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Thesis-based: $1216 per course for 6 courses & $1622 per course for 3 thesis courses 
  • International: $754 per course in addition to full-time course tuition

Living costs for Charlottetown

1080 - 1710 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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