What will I learn?

Make an original contribution to Canadian scholarship. Join the national conversation as part of the only interdisciplinary Canadian Studies doctorate program in the country.

Bring your intellectual curiosity and with the support of world-class faculty members, complete an original piece of research relating to Canada. Throughout your journey – coursework and a thesis – you’ll broaden your knowledge of the study of Canada and its place in the global context and add your own voice to the scholarship.

At Trent, your expertise lays the foundation for your work in five possible fields of study including culture, heritage and the arts; environment and place; policy, economy and the state; identities and social movements; and feminist, gender and women’s studies. And you’ll push the boundaries of study with the combined support of expert faculty and academic resources from two universities.

  • Join a university celebrated for its role in developing the field of Canadian Studies.
  • Gain experience with available summer research assistantships.
  • Prepare for further studies or a career in education, social services or the non-for-profit and advocacy sectors.
  • Trent provides a minimum level of funding for the first four years of the program.

​Program Options

  • Ph.D.
  • Full-time or part-time studies
  • Thesis-based program
  • 4 years to complete full time

Which department am I in?

School of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,267.10 (US$ 16,921) per year
Total International Tuition (compulsory)

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

Start date

January 2022


School of Graduate Studies

1600 West Bank Drive,


Ontario (ON),

K9L 0G2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in biology, Environmental Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science or a related discipline. Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two years. English Language Proficiency Tests: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A minimum score of 580 PBT, or 93 IBT (with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing); IELTS (International English language Testing Services) - Academic testing - score of 7.0 with no band below 6.0; CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) - The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in writing Proficiency.

For international students

Masters degree (or equivalent) with at least high honours standing in Canadian Studies or a related discipline.

The following tests are acceptable forms of proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) A minimum score of 580 PBT, 237 CBT with a minimum TWE score of 4.5 or 93 iBT with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing is required.; (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) – alternate test only for applicants who do not have access to TOEFL (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6). The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in Writing Proficiency.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum acceptable score is 85, with no part below 80.
  • IELTS Academic (International English language Testing Services). The minimum acceptance score is 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

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


About Trent University

With a focus on interactive learning, Trent University has been ranked the best undergraduate university in Ontario for ten years running.

  • #1 university in Canada for scholarships and bursaries
  • 96% of graduates employed within two years
  • International students from 79 countries
  • State-of-the-art campuses close to nature and cities

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