Integrated Studies, MAIS

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master of Arts – Integrated Studies program is offered by Athabasca University. It offers students a unique opportunity to engage in a program of study that spans the arts, humanities, and social sciences.


The Master of Arts – Integrated Studies program is offered by Athabasca University. The Integrated Studies program from Athabasca University is comprehensive in scope but specific in focus, requiring students to choose at least one focus area from among several areas of inquiry. Students are taught to think holistically, critically, and reflectively, and to focus on the articulations and points of overlap between specialized and generalized knowledge. Exposure to a range of disciplines and interdisciplinary methods prepares students to envisage and pursue innovative solutions to a variety of problems.

The program teaches students to situate and contextualize knowledge and practices on a broad intellectual continuum that integrates theories, methods, and practices from the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Is the MA-IS degree for you?

Athabasca University's MA-IS degree attracts recent and longtime graduates from a wide range of disciplines, careers, and professions. Some possess baccalaureate degrees in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, others in the natural sciences and professions. What all MA-IS students share is a desire to engage in multidisciplinary studies that reflect their interests and lived experience in the community and workplace. Current and past MA-IS students include: administrators (private, public and NGO); educators (adult educators, teachers, and trainers); directors, managers and supervisors; homemakers; nurses; social workers; members of the correction, military, and police services; and religious leaders from various faiths.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making Sense of Theory in the Arts and Social Sciences
  • Researching Society and Culture
  • Capstone Course: Integrating your MA-IS Studies and Research
  • Integrated Studies Project 1

For more information, please visit the program’s website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Students may study in the program on a full- or part-time basis. The degree can be completed in two years or extended over six years, from the program start date. The expected normal completion time is three to four years.

  • Credits
    33 alternative credits

    * The program comprises 33 credits of study (11 courses) delivered using a variety of distance education media, including the Internet.

    ** A minimum of 18 credits (including the two core courses and an integrated project course) must be completed through Athabasca University in order to meet the residency requirement.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Persons wishing to enroll in the Master of Arts—Integrated Studies must hold a baccalaureate degree (three or four year) from a recognized post-secondary education institution. The MA-IS Program invites applications from candidates who possess a baccalaureate degree and strong analytical, writing, and critical-thinking skills. Admission is open, in keeping with Athabasca University's mandate to remove "barriers that restrict access to, and success in, university-level studies," but additional preparatory work in composition and analysis may be required of some candidates prior to admission.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1749 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1749 CAD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1549 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1549 CAD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Students with disabilities may access traditional sources for student funding such as Student Loan and Bursary Programs.

Awards for Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctoral Programs:

These are monetary awards, usually based on academic excellence coupled with other criteria including, but not limited to, career pursuits, volunteer activity, and active community participation. Some awards also take financial need into account. For information regarding the available sums of money, please visit the website.

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