Northern Studies, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
12 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The interdisciplinary Northern Studies MA/MSc graduate program at Carleton University emphasizes northern environments and societies, and the policies that are developed to govern them.


Students can complete this program as a Master of Arts, Master of Science or as a Graduate Diploma

All of the programs are designed to give interdisciplinary training and experience in Northern Studies and all students are required to begin their studies with a field course of about one week in length. This Northern Studies MA/MSc program at Carleton University is a residential field course that will take place too far from Ottawa for daily commuting. The introductory field course is a prerequisite for the core courses that are integral to the degrees and diplomas. Students in the degree program are required to take a work placement in Ottawa or the North, a second field course in northern Canada, and a comprehensive examination.

Career Opportunities

The Northern Studies graduate program at Carleton University aims to assist students and northern professionals who need further academic experience to advance their career ambitions. Career possibilities range from government to private business and non-profit organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Seminar: Northern Environments, Northern Societies, Northern Policy
  • Core Seminar: Northern and Arctic Issues
  • Northern Field Course
  • Field Course in Canada’s North
  • Practicum in Northern Studies
  • Comprehensive Examination

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours degree (or four-year degree) with B+ standing. 
  • Customarily, applicants will have degrees in the environmental sciences, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, or a related field. 
  • Applicants with degrees in other disciplines, or without an honours degree, must demonstrate equivalent experience that may have prepared them for the program

Tuition Fee

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    18463 CAD/year
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  • National

    6657 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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