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Graduate Studies

Meghann Jack & Jerry Pocius

The Department of Folklore offers master's and doctoral degrees in folklore. Students from a variety of backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply. You may do so through the School of Graduate Studies. We advise you to submit your application no later than the 15th of January, although later submissions may be considered.

Entry to the graduate program is limited and competitive. An undergraduate record with a 75% overall average is normally the minimum requirement for consideration for entry to the MA program. For entry to the PhD program a master's degree in Folklore, or its equivalent, is required, with an average of at least 80%.

The graduate program combines coursework and research. In addition to the basic introductory and research methods courses, we cover a wide range of topics, including folksong, ballad, folktale, legend, language and play, ethnography of speaking, folk belief, traditional health systems, folk custom, folk drama, material culture, and vernacular architecture.

Courses are also offered on folklore and culture, folklore and oral history, folklore and literature, folklore and gender, folklore and popular culture, and public sector folklore, as well as a variety of courses with a regional focus.

Opportunities for fieldwork are rich in the province. Excellent library and archive services are available, including the Folklore and Language Archive, the Centre for Material Culture Studies, and the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place.

If you have specific questions or require further information, please contact our Graduate Administrator, Dr. Philip Hiscock -

New Grad

Fall 2012 Convocation. Newly minted MAs Michelle Hollett and Saeedeh Sadighjamali. Others graduating with a MA in Folklore were Crystal Braye, Barbara Graveniese, Amanda-Mari Hillyard, Heather King, Alison McEvoy, and Sandi Stewart.