Programs and Courses


Why Folklore @ Memorial?

The only Anglophone university in Canada to offer comprehensive folklore programs at all levels, Memorial is also a vital part of its community - one steeped in unique lifestyles and traditions, and where the study and celebration of culture and heritage is considered crucial. This provides folklorists with rich opportunities for innovative community partnerships and learning experiences.

In the 40 years since its creation, Memorial's Department of Folklore has built an international reputation as a thriving, imaginative, eclectic, and highly professional department. Ethnographic field research practices are fundamental to folklore studies. Excellent library and archive services are also available to graduate students, including the Folklore and Language Archive, the Centre for Material Culture Studies, and the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place.

Training in folklore studies offers valuable preparation for careers in a variety of cultural enterprises, particularly those involving intangible cultural heritage. Graduates of our program teach at universities and colleges in many parts of North America and Europe, not only in folklore departments but also as interdisciplinary appointments in fields such as communications, dance ethnography, English, French, and women's studies. Not all have followed academic careers; our graduates have also gone on to work in museums, archives, print and broadcast media, public sector folklore, and arts administration.

Description of programs

  • MA – The MA program includes three options: 1) courses and comprehensive exam, 2) courses and thesis, and 3) courses and co-op education work term. The MA can normally be completed in two years of full-time study.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis. It can normally be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Folklore website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor’s degree (minimum second class) in Humanities or Social Sciences with minimum 75% average
  • PhD – Master’s degree in Folklore or closely related field, with an average of at least 80%


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA, MA (co-op), PhD


course, thesis


MA: 2 years
PhD: 4 years

Campus: St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 15 for Fall admission


MA: $8,000
PhD: $11,000

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Tuition (Canadian students):

MA: $632-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (International students):

MA: $822-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,153/semester

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