Career Development

With an MA degree, you can follow an academic or a non-academic career path. The same is true with the PhD degree. Please check our Alumni page for information about what previous graduates are up to. Also check McGill's MyPath program.

An academic career path after the MA often means applying to PhD programs to continue your research. After the PhD, this oftentimes begins with postdoctoral study, and also job searches. Non-academic paths after earning an MA or a PhD are numerous. For more information, start by scheduling a meeting with McGill's Career Planning Service (CaPS).

Job search resources

McGill Career Planning Servics (CaPs) Resources for Grad Students

ChronicleVitae - Job search and resources from The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. and international

University Affairs Job Search - Academic job search for Canada, published by University Affairs magazine - Canadian Association of Teachers higher education job search

College Art Association (CAA) Career Center - Large database of visual arts job opportunities

HigherEdJobs - Higher education job search for Canada and the U.S.

5 Big-Picture Mistakes New Ph.D.s Make on the Job MarketThe Chronicle of Higher Education 

Professionalization resources ​

McGill SKILLSETS - Professional development workshops for McGill graduate students

Jonathan Sterne's Academic Professionalization Resources 

Work Your Career: Get What You Want from Your Social Sciences or Humanities PhD (Loleen Berdahl and Jonathan Malloy)

Mitacs Training workshops - Professional skills development workshops for graduate students at Canadian universities 

​Postdoctoral Fellowships

American Council for Learned Societies

Mitacs Elevate

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students (PBEEE & DE/DS)

Provostial Research Scholars in Institutional Histories, Slavery, and Colonialism














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