Program Information


Associated Press, 1962

President John F. Kennedy and brother Robert confer at the White House.

The Master of Arts Program in American Studies is a 1 year (12 month) program, beginning in September, and divided into 3 terms. Admission is offered on a full-time basis only.         

Degree Requirements

Students will take four one-term (0.5) courses (or the equivalent in two-term courses worth 1.0) taken in the fall and winter terms.

Course Requirements

One (0.5 course) in AMS 9050: Method and Practice in American Studies

Three (equiv. 1.5) elective courses taken from participating departments (which may include a reading course at the graduate level)

Master's Research Project

Students must complete a Master's Research Project of approximately 50 pages in length, exclusive of endnotes and bibiliography, to be started in the first term, and completed the middle of July. A proposal for the MRP is due to supervisors on 1 November each year, and comprises 20% of the final mark on the MRP. The final draft of the MRP comprises 60% of the final mark.

Graduate Colloquium Series

In April, students present and discuss their MRP research to date in a Graduate Colloquium Series attended by fellow students, supervisors, and affiliate faculty members. The mark they receive on their presentations comprises 20% of the final mark on the MRP.

Academic Integrity Module

Effective January 2013, all incoming graduate students are required to complete the SGPS Academic Integrity module in order to progress beyond the first term of their degree.

This 30-minute module is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and resources to abide by academic principles during your graduate career and to help combat scholastic offenses. When finished with the course, students are required to complete a 10-question test designed to evaluate their knowledge of academic integrity. Students have an unlimited amount of opportunities to pass the module, and failure to do so will prevent the student from progressing beyond the first term of their degree.