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Welcome to graduate studies in Arts

Waterloo Arts offers 34 distinct graduate programs that advance understanding and practice in diverse fields including digital media, cognitive neuroscience, global governance, philosophy, and public issues anthropology – among many others.

Harnessing the power of our foundational disciplines, our graduate programs combine interdisciplinary collaboration with work-integrated learning to create original approaches, foster dialogue on pressing global challenges, and empower the next generation of leaders.

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Diverse programs

Discover a world of possibilities with our 34 diverse graduate programs, designed to inspire innovation and empower future leaders.

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Competitive funding

Maximize your potential with competitive funding packages, assistantships and sessional teaching for research-based Master's and PhD programs.

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Real-world experience

Experience the power of work-integrated learning through co-op, internships, and industry connections so you graduate career-ready.

PhD candidate examines the origins of online extremism

A PhD student in Sociology, Karmvir Padda’s research on open-source intelligence, online radicalization, and extremism is bringing new insights into the complex issues of the digital age by drawing on criminology, psychology, and political science.

“I was drawn to Waterloo because of the university's exceptional reputation, unique learning opportunities, diverse and supportive community, interdisciplinary approach, and commitment to equity and inclusivity.”

Read Karmvir's story →

Have questions? Reach out!

We're here to answer any questions you have about graduate studies in Faculty of Arts.

For program specific inquiries, please contact the department graduate coordinator.

Anna Esselment
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Maha Eid
Graduate Studies and Research Officer

Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to confirm whether your program of interest is accepting international students.