Graduate

Welcome to Arts Graduate Studies

Waterloo Arts offers 37 distinct graduate programs that advance understanding and practice in diverse fields including digital media, cognitive neuroscience, global governance, philosophy of science, and public issues anthropology – among many others. As a faculty based in a university dedicated to global views and connections, Arts leads the conversation about how people and society can thrive in a technology-driven and globalized context.

Value of an Arts graduate degree

Whether traditional research-based or professional cross-disciplinary, Arts graduate studies are relevant for today. You may find graduate students in languages applying gamification, students in anthropology documenting impacts of climate change, students in political science examining security issues via social media, or students in digital media working at Google Canada.

Among our many disciplines in Arts, the traditional fields of inquiry often provide a springboard from which our faculty and students approach current and topical concerns. We seek and create original approaches, ask new questions, and foster dialogue about some of the most daunting challenges facing us today.

Learn more about the research by Arts graduate students through Arts graduate theses and dissertations.

International student support

Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.


Arts grad studies facts

  • 37 programs within 18 disciplines
  • Master’s program length:1 to 2 years
  • PhD program length: typically 4 to 5 years
  • Waterloo offers competitive funding packages for PhD and research-based Master's programs
  • Funding types: teaching and research assistantships, research studentship, scholarships, departmental awards
 

Exemplary graduate student research

In 2020, graduate students from across Arts were encouraged to participate in the Arts Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat. Students competed by presenting their research to a general audience in three minutes or less, and used only one static slide. The winners of the Faculty of Arts heat moved on to the university finals. 

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Arts grad studies facts

  • Graduate degree programs: 37 programs within 18 disciplines
  • Master’s program length:
    1 to 2 years
  • PhD program length:
    typically 4 to 5 years
  • Waterloo offers competitive funding packages for PhD and research-based Master's programs
  • Funding types:
    teaching and research assistantships, research studentship, scholarships, departmental awards