About Program Admission Requirements

Gain an understanding of the diverse and contested ideas of what it means to be Canadian.

Canadian Studies is the in-depth study of the Canadian experience. Understand the country in its various dimensions – its history, its political and legal systems, its languages and cultures, its geographical location, its regions and other unique features. You'll consider how all of this shapes Canada's place in the global arena.

If you're looking to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Canadian problems and issues, this program is for you. It is designed to provide you with a good grasp of a major subject chosen from the departments of Anthropology, Economics, English, French Studies, Geography, History, Humanities, Political Science and Sociology. By integrating these disciplines, you are able to focus on the cultural and social make-up of the country in an inclusive way. This enables you to gain a unique and revealing perspective of Canada, its people and its future. Take courses from three areas:

  • Canada: Time and Place investigates issues such as Canadian history and the immigrant experience.
  • Canada: Society examines various aspects of Canadian society through courses in political science, sociology and social science.
  • Canada: Culture examines Canadian culture through courses in English, creative arts and cultural expression and the humanities.

Learn from experienced faculty who connect their ongoing research to course material. Their research on Canada covers virtually every topic imaginable, including: politics at home and abroad; women and healthcare reform; families and changing trends; Canadian and Québecois literature and culture; political fictions and realities; art; music; poetry; the history of labour; renewable energies; religion; and Indigenous relations.

You will acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to address complex issues such as multiculturalism in Canada and the role Canada plays internationally.

Explore ideas and issues that are rooted in the past and uncover how they are relevant to Canada's international role today.

Possible Career Paths: 
  • government official
  • historical interpreter
  • educator
  • lawyer
  • politician
  • non-governmental organization worker

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.