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What will I learn?

This master of arts (MA) program is suited to students who wish to pursue specific and advanced cross-disciplinary, text-based research projects. It enables specialization in a period or theme in the context of a strong grounding in the humanistic tradition from ancient Greece to the modern period in different cultures. Structured around two primary thematic modules (classical, medieval and Renaissance thought and culture; modernity and Its discontents) to which courses will be linked, the program will train students to think critically in different disciplines, historic periods, and cultures.

Program Requirements

Successful applicants will enter the program in the fall term. With a sequenced combination of four courses and thesis, students will complete the degree in 24 months.

HUM 800 - Theories and Methods in the Humanities (5)
HUM 801 - Research Development Seminar in the Humanities (5)
HUM 803 - MA Thesis (10)

and two of

HUM 802 - Themes in the Humanities (5)
HUM 804 - Directed Readings (5)
HUM 805 - Special Topics (5)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (6 terms)

Tuition fees
CAN $1,946.94 per term
Start date

Expected September 2022


Simon Fraser University

Burnaby campus,

8888 University Drive,


British Columbia (BC),

V5A 1S6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based); PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum overall score of 63, and a minimum of 65 in speaking and writing .

For international students

Applicants will hold an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in the humanities, or in humanistic disciplines such as classics, history, philosophy, English, and women's studies, or social sciences such as geography, sociology, anthropology, or political science. Applicants will also have to meet the standard requirements for admission to a Simon Fraser University master's program.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section. The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test provided a score of 93 or better is achieved with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL-internet based exam), or TOEFL 580 and the Test of Written English(TWE) 5.0 (paper-based).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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