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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.

Studying in Canada

Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.

623 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Canada

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. International Affairs

A leader in its field, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) has an international reputation for providing the interdisciplinary training necessary to understand international issues and policy in a complex global environment. 

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. Human-Computer Interaction

The Human-Computer Interaction program helps students make sense out of the rapidly changing world of technology. It focuses on ways computer systems support people at work, at home and at play.

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. Hispanic Studies

The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on a contextualized knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America, Spain and other Spanish-speaking communities within the US and Canada.

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. English Literature - Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Department of English offers the degrees of Master of Arts (with or without thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy in English. Both programs equip students to pursue advanced studies in British, Canadian, or American literature informed by a broad knowledge of literary history and by recent developments in literary criticism and cultural theory. 

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

The MA program trains inquisitive minds for the 21st century.  The department’s mission is both to prepare historians for careers in teaching and research and produce graduates who share its commitment to serving the broader community. 

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. 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

The English Department and English Master program consists of approximately 35 full time faculty members teaching and researching in both traditional and emerging fields, housed in one of the largest and most dynamic Faculty of Arts in the country.

M.A. Theory, Culture & Politics

The Centre encourages research and teaching guided by critical/theoretical orientations that have emerged from contemporary developments in the humanities and social sciences. These orientations test the limits of conventional disciplines and contribute to the study of the complex network of relations that links knowledge, culture and politics.

M.A. English

The Department of English at the University of Windsor offers two fields within the M.A. Program in English: Literature and Creative Writing, and Literature and Language. Within the Literature and Language field, there are two different options: the Thesis Option and the Course Work Option.

M.A. Music Education

UBC graduate programs in Music Education are 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. Educational Psychology

Candidates are required to select and follow the set of courses in one of three concentrations of study or the Major in School/Applied Child Psychology, select a topic for research, and present the results of such research in a thesis.

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. 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. Theatre

The two-year M.A. Theatre program offers students the opportunity to pursue theatre studies through coursework, a one-year graduate theatre studies reading competency examination and an M.A. thesis project.

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. 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. English and Cultural Studies

McMaster has long been considered one of Canada’s best places for graduate work in English.One of Canada’s more established graduate programs, it has been offering MAs in English since 1950, and PhDs since 1965. 

M.A. Economics

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.

M.A. Greek and Roman Studies

The Department of Greek & Roman Studies teaches over two thousand students in its courses each year, and has several strong undergraduate programs and a growing graduate program.

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. Religious Studies

The Master program in Religious Studies offers students the possibility of following one of the three study streams available at the graduate level: Western Religions, Eastern Religions, and Nature of Religion.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Classical Languages (course-based)

The MA in Classical Languages is one of two course-based MA degrees in Classics offered by the Department; the other is the MA in Classical Archaeology. The two programs have different entrance and program requirements.

Faculty of Arts
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. 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. English

The Master of Arts in English is a traditional, research-intensive program designed primarily to prepare candidates to succeed at the highest levels in the academy.

M.A. History

The MA by course and research essay and the MA by thesis are of equally high quality and rigour. Should you wish to apply for a PhD elsewhere after completing your master's, McGill's highly regarded history programs will help make you a strong candidate for further graduate scholarship.

M.A. Philosophy

Each small incoming class to our Master of Arts (MA) degree begins with a pro-seminar to understand relations and interactions between the Department’s two broad strengths in contemporary philosophy: philosophy of mind, language, and knowledge; and moral, social, and political philosophy. 

M.A. French

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. 

M.A. Ethnomusicology

The MA and PhD programs in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University offer nationally distinctive and regionally unique opportunities for individuals who are interested in researching music as a cultural practice. 

M.A. Political Science

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. Learning and Development

This program integrates the psychology of learning and instruction with the psychology of human biological, cognitive, emotional, and social development. The developmental content of this focus area embraces a life-span methodological perspective, but focus primarily on the first two decades of life. The learning portion of this focus area is applicable across the life span.

M.A. Gender Studies & Feminist Research

Gender Studies & Feminist Research at McMaster is an exciting new interdisiplinary program. We accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds who are interested in the study of gender, sexuality, and feminism.

M.A. Public Administration

University of Ottawa, Public Administration - The School of Political Studies located in the Faculty of Social Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Public Administration.

M.A. Leadership - Business Stream in Langley

ESLI partners with universities in the U.S. and Canada to offer students premiere language instruction and university preparation in order to achieve full admission to their field of study.  ESLI partner universities offer conditional admission to students which means that students who complete the ESLI language program do not have to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

School of Business
M.A. Art History

The MA in Art History is a stand-alone program providing an intensive two years of coursework during which students will gain an understanding of the centrality of art historical study in comprehending the contemporary world and the history of ideas that are embedded in the subject.

M.A. Sport and Exercise Psychology

In Canada, Sport and Exercise Psychology is an interdisciplinary field that is acknowledged as a core discipline within Kinesiology and Physical Education programs. Sport and Exercise Psychology involves the scientific study of people and their behaviours in sport and exercise contexts and the practical applications of that knowledge.

M.A. East Asian Studies

The graduate program in East Asian Studies is offered in two fields: Classical East Asian and Modern East Asian, leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

School of Graduate Studies
M.A. Sociology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has been offering a Masters in Sociology since 1967 and continues to attract graduate students of the highest caliber from across the country and around the world.

M.A. Planning

Our Master of Planning program is a distinctly different design- and studio-based program. This studio emphasis means that students are engaged with real-world problems, with real clients, often helping to directly shape the built environment. Studio-based learning is applied learning -- synthesizing the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program to address complex problems at a variety of scales, and emphasizing a design approach.