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Islamic Studies

Location

  • Institute of Islamic Studies
  • Morrice Hall, Room 319
  • 3485 McTavish Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0E1
  • Canada

About Islamic Studies

Opportunities for research are wide and varied, reflecting the interests of both the faculty and students. Students may choose a specialization from the following options: Arabic Literatures; Arab American/Arab Canadian Literatures; Persian Literature; Urdu Literature; South-Asian Literature; Islamic Theology; Islamic Philosophy; Science in Islamic Societies; Islamic History; Safavid History; Shi`i Studies; History of the Modern Middle East; Anthropology and History of Modern Iran; Islam and Politics; Islam in Africa; Islamic Law; and Women and Gender in Islamic Societies. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a number of cutting-edge research projects.

The degrees and specializations offered at the Institute are the M.A. in Islamic Studies (Thesis); M.A. in Islamic Studies (Thesis) with Option in Gender and Women’s Studies; Ph.D. in Islamic Studies; and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies with Option in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Islamic Studies Library is especially strong in its reference materials and periodical holdings for Islamic regions. The collection, one of the largest in North America, contains over 150,000 volumes in principal European languages as well as in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and other Islamic languages.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)
Students pursuing the M.A. in Islamic Studies at the Institute normally have an undergraduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably with a major in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies. Knowledge of Arabic at the first-year level is an asset. The atmosphere at the Institute is strongly international and the excellent student-teacher ratio is conducive to a high degree of interaction. Subsequent career paths include teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels, working for NGOs, government agencies, or companies doing business in Islamic countries, and further graduate study in this field.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Islamic Studies (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
This option is an interdisciplinary program for students who wish to specialize in Islamic Studies and earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. Students pursuing the degree at the Institute normally have an undergraduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably with a major in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies. Knowledge of Arabic at the first-year level is an asset. The student’s master’s thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies. Subsequent career paths include teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels, working for NGOs, government agencies, or companies doing business in Islamic countries, and further graduate study in this field.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies
Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the Institute normally have a graduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies. Knowledge of Arabic at the second-year level is an asset. Admission to the Ph.D. program will be granted on the basis of the Admissions Committee's opinion that the applicant can successfully fulfil the academic requirements of the program within an appropriate span of time (normally six years). The language component of the degree is demanding; students are required to have knowledge of Arabic, a second Islamic language and a research, usually European, language. Our Institute has been extremely successful in placing its Ph.D. graduates in top-ranking academic jobs in North America. Institute alumni now hold positions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, as well as at leading Canadian universities. Our graduates help to ensure that a plurality of approaches to Islamic civilization is available to the students of today and tomorrow.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Islamic Studies — Gender and Women's Studies
This option is an interdisciplinary program for students who wish to specialize in Islamic Studies and earn 9 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The student’s Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic centrally relating to issues of gender and/or women’s studies. Students pursuing the Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the Institute normally have a graduate specialization in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably in Islamic Studies or Middle Eastern Studies. Knowledge of Arabic at the second-year level is an asset. Admission to the Ph.D. program will be granted on the basis of the Admissions Committee's opinion that the applicant can successfully fulfil the academic requirements of the program within an appropriate span of time (normally six years). The language component of the degree is demanding; students are required to have knowledge of Arabic, a second Islamic language and a research, usually European, language. Our Institute has been extremely successful in placing its Ph.D. graduates in top-ranking academic jobs in North America. Institute alumni now hold positions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, as well as at leading Canadian universities. Our graduates help to ensure that a plurality of approaches to Islamic civilization is available to the students of today and tomorrow.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Islamic Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a degree (B.A. or M.A.) from a recognized university, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent), OR a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies, according to Canadian standards. The degree should be in the Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably in Islamic or Middle Eastern Studies.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English should refer to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information (www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/international/proficiency).

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Reference Letters – three letters required for Ph.D. applicants
  • Writing Sample – optional for M.A. applicants; required for Ph.D. applicants; a copy of entire master's thesis, or completed chapters of master's thesis, or (in cases where these are not available) two substantial research papers
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset, as follows: one year of language training for M.A. applicants; two years for Ph.D. applicants
  • Other Additional Documents and Questions, as itemized and explained on the departmental web page for Prospective Students – Applications

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Institute of Islamic Studies and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Institute for the Study of International Development

Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Institute for the Study of International Development

Location

  • Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)
  • Peterson Hall, Room 126
  • 3460 McTavish Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0E6
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-3507
  • Fax: 514-398-8432
  • Email: info [dot] isid [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/isid
Administration
Philip Oxhorn – Director
Iain Blair – Administrative Officer
  • Email: iain [dot] blair [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Sherryl Ramsahai – Administrative Coordinator
  • Email: sherryl [dot] ramsahai [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Lisa Stanischewski – Student Affairs Adviser
  • Email: lisa [dot] stanischewski [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Kirsty McKinnon – Student Affairs Coordinator
  • Email: kirsty [dot] mckinnon [at] mcgill [dot] ca

About the Institute for the Study of International Development

ISID is a interdisciplinary institute in the Faculty of Arts with over 40 members from various faculties. It also works with an international community of scholars, development groups, and the public. Interdisciplinary research sponsored by ISID revolves around four themes: democracy and democratization; economic development; states and state-building; and social pluralism and civil society. It organizes seminars and conferences on development issues related to these themes.

Graduate students can register in the Development Studies Option (DSO), a cross-disciplinary M.A. program in which six departments participate: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology. Further information about this option can be found in these departmental sections of this publication and on the ISID website at www.mcgill.ca/isid/teaching-programs/graduate/option.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 30, 2014).

Institute for the Study of International Development Admission Requirements and Applications Procedures

Admission Requirements

Students will ONLY be considered for the Development Studies Option (DSO) once they have been accepted into a master's program in one of the six participating departments (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology) at McGill.

Application Procedures

Students applying through a participating department must indicate in their application that they want to be considered for the DSO. Final approval on admission to the DSO will be made once the files of successful departmental applicants have been received at ISID.

Application Deadlines

The DSO is a cross-disciplinary program. Please see the application deadlines for the master's program in one of the six participating departments (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology); departmental contact info is available at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 28, 2014).

Economics

Economics

Location

  • Department of Economics
  • Stephen Leacock Building, Room 443
  • 855 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC H3A 2T7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-3030
  • Fax: 514-398-4938
  • Email: graduate [dot] economics [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/economics

About Economics

The Department of Economics offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs that attract students from all over the world. Faculty members conduct research in numerous areas of economics, with particularly strong representation in the fields of econometrics, empirical microeconomics including development, and natural resources. The Department counts among its members a holder of a Canada Research Chair, two James McGill Professors, one William Dawson Scholar, an Officer of the Order of Canada (who is also a Bank of Canada Research Fellow), two Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and one Endowed Chair.

Lectures and examinations in the graduate program (M.A. and Ph.D.) in Economics are given in the core areas of macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, and several fields including economic development, financial econometrics, industrial organization, health economics, international economics, labour economics, monetary economics, mathematical economics, and advanced theory.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Economics (Thesis) (48 credits)
The Master of Arts program in Economics (Thesis) serves students preparing for a Ph.D. in Economics. For students who wish to complement disciplinary training in Economics with research experience in applying statistical methods across the social sciences, the Department offers the Social Statistics Option.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Economics (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The Master of Arts program in Economics (Non-Thesis) serves students seeking to solidify and deepen their understanding of economics prior to a career in government or the private non-academic sector, and those preparing for a Ph.D. in Economics. For students who wish to complement disciplinary training in Economics with research experience in applying statistical methods across the social sciences, the Department offers the Social Statistics Option.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Economics (Non-Thesis) — Development Studies (45 credits)
For those students interested in the interdisciplinary study of development, anchored in Economics, the Department offers the Development Studies Option (DSO). This program is offered as an option within existing M.A. programs in the Departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the M.A. requirements of that unit. Students will take an interdisciplinary seminar and a variety of graduate-level courses on international development issues.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Economics (Non-Thesis) — Population Dynamics (45 credits)
The Population Dynamics Option (PDO) is open to students wishing to specialize in population dynamics. The purpose of this program is to provide graduate training in demographic methods (including life table analyses) and enhance students' knowledge of critical population issues. As such, students will be required to take a course on demographic methods and a course in microeconomic methods relevant for population studies. In addition, students will take one complementary course in Economics, which focuses on a particular population issue such as population health, migration, aging, family dynamics, and labour markets and skills acquisition. Students will attend at least five of the seminars given in the Social Statistics and Population Dynamics Seminar series.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Economics (Non-Thesis) — Social Statistics (45 credits)
For students who wish to complement disciplinary training in Economics with research experience in applying statistical methods across the social sciences, the Department offers the Social Statistics Option. Students will normally complete the usual program course requirements, supplemented by further statistical courses, chosen in consultation with the option adviser, and subject to approval by the home department. Students will complete a statistics-based M.A. research paper (Economics, Political Science, Sociology) or thesis (Geography) in conjunction with an interdisciplinary “capstone seminar.” Acceptance into the program is by application to the Social Statistics Option Committee and is contingent on acceptance into the M.A. program in one of the participating departments (Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology), which in turn requires meeting Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies admission requirements.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Economics
The Ph.D. program in Economics is designed to prepare students for research, whether in an academic or government setting, and teaching. The Department's faculty members conduct research in numerous areas of economics. The low student-faculty ratio ensures students receive individual attention to their own research, and are able to act as research assistants to the Faculty. The Department collaborates with the four other Economics departments in Montreal to extend the Ph.D.-level course offerings and to offer numerous external speakers and conferences.
Note: Changes may take place after this information has been published. Students are advised to contact the Department for supplementary information, which may be important to their choice of program.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Economics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

An Honours B.A. in Economics is the normal requirement, although students holding an ordinary B.A., whether in economics or another discipline, may also be eligible for admission. Students judged by the Admissions Committee to have deficiencies in their preparation in economics may be admitted to a Qualifying year in which they undertake advanced undergraduate work.

Students who have not previously passed a suitable course in statistics must take the undergraduate Honours Statistics course, ECON 257D1/ECON 257D2. Students are also expected to have completed or to complete three terms of introductory calculus and at least one term of linear algebra.

If your education has been interrupted or if you do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree in economics from a Canadian university, you must take the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) and arrange for your scores to be sent to us. Note: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) cannot be substituted for the GRE. McGill University’s institutional code is 0935. The Department of Economics’ code is 1801. For more information about the GRE, please visit their website.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Information can be accessed on the Economics Department website at www.mcgill.ca/economics.

Additional Requirements

  • GRE – mandatory if your education was interrupted or you do not have a degree in Economics from a Canadian university
  • Personal Statement

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Economics Department and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

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