McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
Gilmour Hall 212
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4L8

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
Degree: Master
Field of Study: International/Global Studies
Description Globalization Studies examines the complex political, social, economic, cultural, discursive and theoretical developments related to processes of globalization and how these come to bear upon our lives, our communities, and the environment in which we live. Research areas include: contemporary culture; diasporic, transnational and multicultural communities; global governance; international trade and finance; and social, environmental and labour issues. This unique interdisciplinary MA program provides students with the opportunity to think creatively and critically about cultural, political, social and economic globalizing processes and their effects on the human condition. It is designed to provide its students with the specialist knowledge and transferable skills to pursue careers in global corporations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. It also offers the benefit of a flexible and interdisciplinary set of courses while allowing for future study in a core discipline.
Website: Globalization Studies at McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:

Provincial: $7,008.00
National: $7,008.00

Cost per year is based on the 2017-2018 academic year, and represents tuition cost for three semesters. Mandatory supplementary fees are not included. Please see website for complete cost breakdown.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

An English Language Proficiency (if applicable) document is required from those whose university studies were completed at an institution where English is not deemed the official language of instruction and/or from those whose native language is not English. One official copy of an applicant’s English language proficiency exam dated within 2 years of the application due date is required. The most common English Language proficiency exams: TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based), minimum of 20 per band (Please use TOEFL department code 080 other Social Sciences); and IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section. Other English language tests may be accepted.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests

Applicants are required to have: an Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Humanities or Social Sciences (students with degrees in undergraduate Honours programs outside the Humanities and Social Sciences where there is a component of relevant courses will also be considered); and an average of B+ or better in the final two years of full-time studies (or equivalent). Facility in a second language and experience in another country or with an international organization are assets. Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission which is on a competitive basis.