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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: My undergraduate grades do not quite reach the B+ minimum average requirement; however, I have a lot of relevant overseas work/volunteer experience (or involvement in globally focused NGOs). Should I still apply?

Answer:

In exceptional cases we make offers to students whose grades fall just below the B+ minimum based on other considerations, such as work experience, volunteer experience and oversea experience.

Question: Will a Master's in Globalization Studies allow me to pursue further graduate work in a specific discipline?

Answer:

Many of our students have gone on to PhDs in specific disciplines, including Political Science, Global Studies, History and English/Cultural Studies. In allowing students to pursue three electives in whatever subjects they choose, along with three Globalization courses (most of which are cross-listed with specific disciplines) the program is designed to allow students to pursue a PhD or other graduate program in their chosen discipline. As requirements for PhD programs vary from institution to institution, it is a good idea to check with any program you may wish to apply to following your MA in Globalization Studies to determine specific course requirements.

Question: What do Globalization MA students do after they graduate?

Answer:

Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of work and educational opportunities, including graduate school, law school, and work in Canadian and international NGOs and arts programs.

Question: How long is the program? What are the requirements?

Answer:

The Globalization MA program is 12 months long. From September until April you take six half courses (3 per term), including twocore courses, two other Globalization courses, at least one of which should be offered by IGHC, and two electives (these can be in any department, subject to permission from the relevant department and the instructors). In addition to your courses, you will complete a Major Research Project (MRP), the bulk of which will be undertaken in the Spring/Summer and submitted in mid-August.

Question: Are students expected to identify their prospective supervisors prior to applying for admissions?

Answer:

No. Students start to approach the potential supervisors after they have started the program here.

Question: Is it possible to travel during the summer to conduct research? Is there any funding available for this purpose?

Answer:

Some students conduct fieldwork in the summer months, subject to prior consultation with their supervisor. Students must remain in communication with their supervisors during the summer months while they complete their MRPs. The Institute has some limited funds available to students to support their field work. The Graduate Student Association and School of Graduate Studies also have competitions for travel scholarships. Apply early!

Question: English is not my native language. Can I still apply?

Answer:

Yes, you can apply. If English is not your native language, you need to provide an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 or IELTS overall academic score of 6.5, or MELAB score of 90 is required for admission to the Social Sciences.

Question: What are the costs of the program? Are there any scholarships or bursaries available?

Answer:

For 2015-16, the standard fees for Canadian students are roughly $7,800. For visa students, the fees are roughly $17,000. However, depending on grades, visa students may be compete for tuition bursaries of up to $5,000. Costs are further offset by scholarships ranges from $3000 to $5000 and teaching assistantships which involving a minimum of 130 or 260 hours of work over the academic year and valued  $5559.4 or $11118.8. For more information on fees, you can consult the Graduate Studies website and the International Affairs website

Question: Is there any information on living in Hamilton?

Answer:

Please see the New to Hamilton webpage on the School of Graduate Studies site.