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What will I learn?

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★18 in coursework and a thesis.

Required coursework (★9)

NS 520 - Theoretical Perspectives in Native Studies
NS 550 - Research Practicum in Native Studies
One graduate-level methodology course

Elective courses (★9)

Three ★3 graduate-level courses
A maximum of ★6 in coursework may be taken from outside the Faculty of Native Studies with consent of the Faculty.


Registration in 900-level THES. Students must complete and successfully defend a thesis.

Language Requirement

Proficiency in a language other than English (including an Aboriginal language) is recommended in accordance with the thesis topic.

Length of Program

Full-time MA students will normally be expected to complete the program in two years.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Native Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,700.00 (US$ 6,555) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2023

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Alberta

North Campus,

116 Street and 85 Avenue,


Alberta (AB),

T6G 2R3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each test band; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

For international students

Minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4- point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.

English language requirement:

  • TOEFL: total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent;
  • Academic IELTS: 6.5, with at least 6.0 on each test band;
  • CAEL: overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest;
  • PTE Academic: 61 with a minimum band score of 60.

To be considered for funding, all application materials must be received by January 15. If spots remain open after this initial deadline, we will accept applications until July 1.


About University of Alberta

One of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta has an international reputation for academic excellence.

  • Ranked among top 100 universities in the world (CWUR, 2021)
  • 18 faculties, offering more than 200 undergraduate programs
  • Students from over 150 countries
  • 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019)

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