By NJB/CDT/Litalien/Patriquin/Chen Part I What is a Master’s Degree? DIFFERENCES FROM UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES Fewer courses each semester Courses more independently driven Much more reading and writing You choose classes, professors, supervisors, and committees All aspects of graduate programs, from application to completion, assume that you take the initiative. TYPES OF PROGRAMMES Format 1: Coursework only Format 2: Coursework plus major paper or project Format 3: Coursework plus Masters’ Thesis A few programmes – in any of the forms listed above – may require “qualifying examinations” or “comprehensive examinations.” Tips when applying for an MA MA applications and scholarship applications are due early in the autumn. You should decide which programs you want to apply to during the summer following your third year of undergraduate studies. Please give your professors at least two weeks to prepare your letters of reference. Part II Why should you do an M.A.? Why should you do an M.A.? 1) Financial advantage (earn more money) 2) Better job opportunities 3) Lower unemployment rate 4) You can get university funding to do an MA ($2000$10,000/year) 5) You may also pay for your MA by becoming a research assistant or a teaching assistant Incentives more people earn undergraduate degrees a master’s degree: increasingly useful in distinguishing candidates with university education smarter than most dedicated enough to set your sights on a tough goal and attain it MA: a prerequisite to a PhD program Incentives Salaries The median annual earnings among those who were working full time in 2007 College graduate Bachelor Master’s Doctoral $35,000 $45,000 $60,000 $65,000 In sum, earn $15,000 more a year with an MA. It is a huge income gap Incentives Many MA degree’s take two years full-time Some MA degrees can take only one year to complete Part III How can I afford to do this? FUNDING POSSIBILITIES Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) 1) Awards = each university gives them individually + sets their own deadlines 2) Apply for an OGS to each of the universities you are interested to attend 3) Graduate Studies Office at eligible Ontario Institutions will be responsible for administering the OGS Program 4) At Nipissing: Sarah Clermont is the Research and Graduate Studies Coordinator (F307): [email protected] Funding - Canada Qualifying Canadian universities receive a Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Program (CGS M) allocation. Allocation indicates the number of students to whom they can award scholarships Allocations are divided by broad fields of study: 1) health, 2) natural sciences and/or 3) engineering and 4) social sciences and/or humanities Funding - Canada The CGS M Program supports 2,500 students every year. Financial support in all disciplines Administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: 1) CIHR -Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship 2) NSERC - Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship 3) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship FUNDING POSSIBILITIES - Links Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program (CGS M) (September-December): 1) CIHR – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships 2) NSERC – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship 3) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships 4) Canada Graduate Scholarship – Michael Smith Foreign Study Program OTHER FUNDING POSSIBILITIES University & Programme Scholarships Teaching Assistantships Research Assistantships You can pay for your MA! Where Should I Go?* *listed MA programs are not exhaustive Social Work Wilfrid Laurier University (MSW) York University (MSW) University of British Columbia (Advanced MSW or Foundation MSW) University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) MSW University of Calgary (MSW) University of Victoria (MSW) University of Windsor (MSW) Dalhousie University (MSW) University of Regina (MSW) Sociology University of Windsor (Ontario) University of Lethbridge (Alberta) Memorial University (Newfoundland) Political Science York University (Ontario) Queen’s University (Ontario) 12 months University of Western Ontario (Ontario) 12 months Wilfrid Laurier (Ontario) McMaster University (Ontario) 12 months Brock University (Ontario) Social and Political Thought York University (Ontario) 2 years Acadia University (Nova Scotia) 2 years University of Regina (Saskatchewan) 2 years Public Administration Ryerson University (Ontario) Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) – 1 to 4 years Carleton University (Ontario) McMaster and University of Guelph (Ontario) International development and Global Studies (IDS) University of Ottawa (Ontario) $16,500 guaranteed University of Waterloo (Ontario) 16 months University of Waterloo (second degree) McGill University (Québec) Saint Mary’s University (Nova Scotia) Guelph University (Ontario) Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) Indigenous/Native Studies Trent University (Ontario) Queen’s University (Ontario) University of Toronto (Ontario) University of Manitoba (Manitoba) University of Winnipeg (Manitoba) University of Victoria (British Columbia) University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan) Women’s/Gender Studies Queen’s University (Ontario) $14,000 Lakehead University (Ontario) Carleton University (Ontario) McMaster University (Ontario) Simon Fraser (British Columbia) University of Ottawa (Ontario) Interdisciplinary MAs Political Economy (Carleton University) Work & Society (McMaster University) Community Development (MACD) (University of Victoria) Social Justice and Equity Studies (Brock University) Social Justice and Community Engagement (Wilfrid Laurier) Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership (MPNL) (Carleton) Part V Fall Graduate Studies Workshop Fall Graduate Studies Workshop The following topics will be covered: The Application Process Statement of Purpose Letter of Reference Sample of Written Work Thank You!