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World Literatures and Culture - Graduate studies

Master’s in World Literatures and Cultures

This program is currently not accepting any applications.

The Master of Arts in World Literatures and Cultures is the first and only program of its kind in Canada.

This one-year bilingual MA brings together areas of study such as literature, film, media, sociolinguistics, gender, diasporas and minorities. The program explores the comparative and interdisciplinary nature of world cultures and arts, both past and present. It draws upon the combined expertise of professors from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and from other departments in both the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.

Discover how identities are shaped by cultural expressions in a national and transnational context. Explore the nature of representation and cultural diversity. Expand your intercultural knowledge in the dynamic setting of the nation’s capital.


  • MA with research paper (Short duration - 12 months)

Choose from one of eight profiles — ArabicAsian StudiesCeltic StudiesGermanItalianLatin American StudiesRussian, and Spanish — or a combination of these profiles and other languages (such as Polish, Portuguese or Yiddish).

Program structure

Course Sequence

Advance your existing career

  • Advance your bilingualism and knowledge of the world at the graduate level.
  • Raise your intercultural awareness.
  • Study full-time or part-time.
  • Our courses are scheduled in the afternoon and evening for your convenience.
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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

With global economic integration and the proliferation of communication technologies, the ability to speak, read and write at least one language other than English or French has become one of the most sought-after abilities in the eyes of employers the world over. Here in Canada, closer ties between North America, Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East are making it essential to learn foreign languages and cultures.
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Graduate programs and opportunities

Distinguish your professional or academic profile at one of Canada’s top 10 research institutes. The University of Ottawa’s diverse range of programs allows you to choose a formula that improves your employment prospects and fits your lifestyle.
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Contact info

Jorge Carlos Guerrero, Program Director
Associate Professor
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2432
[email protected]

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Hamelin Hall, 2nd floor
70 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5715
Fax: 613-562-5138

Office hours

Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
(June to August: closed at 4 p.m.)