At Western, we have outstanding graduate programs and an excellent research profile. However, no matter how qualified and dedicated our faculty, the quality of our programs depends on the quality of our graduate students. We strive, therefore, to attract the best and brightest and to offer them an intellectually enriched and challenging environment. We invite you to share in our tradition of excellence and experience the advantages of a Western graduate degree.
The University of Western Ontario offers graduate programs leading to both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Classics. We have a long history of success at the M.A. level (more than 50 years) and are excited to offer qualified students the opportunity to conduct advanced research and study in our new Ph.D. program.
Our graduate students represent an extremely wide variety of research interests in periods, languages, genres and theoretical approaches. The MA and PhD programs promote a truly global understanding of literature and its international diversity.
The English Department's graduate program ranks as one of the strongest and most diverse in Canada. Subjects offered encompass all areas of theory, criticism, and scholarship and all major periods and genres.
The MA in Film Studies will prepare students for an array of PhD programs and will also prepare them for work in the cultural and education sectors. Through seminar presentations and discussions, the writing of course research papers and a thesis, and participation in an interdisciplinary research forum, graduate students will develop superior research and communication skills.
The Department of French Studies offers both a MA and PhD program in the areas of French literature and linguistics.
Programs in Hispanic Studies are housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the working language of the Hispanic Studies graduate program is Spanish. Graduate programs offer a unique perspective with the availability of a cross disciplinary approach (including Comparative Literature, Visual Arts, Women's Studies, Critical Theory) and the interaction with faculty from varied backgrounds.
The objective of the MA program in linguistics is to foster scholarship and research in the discipline, both for students who are planning on continuing with a PhD program in linguistics and for those who will be seeking professional work in a range of fields (such as education, communicative disorders, speech technologies, or elsewhere) for which a background in linguistics is either required or very useful.
The Department of Philosophy offers a one year MA and PhD program with areas of strength including Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, History of Philosophy,Feminist Philosophy and Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy. New for 2013 is an MA Program in Ancient Philosophy. Our grad programs continue to attract international graduate students as the Department provides a friendly, stimulating, first-class environment for graduate study in philosophy.
The Department of Visual Arts offers three graduate degrees: Fine Arts (MFA) and Art History (MA) and Doctorate (PhD). These programs are unique in Canada because they combine an emphasis on current and historical art theory with traditional instruction and supervision in the studio arts and art history.
The graduate programs in Women's Studies and Feminist Research will engage students in using interdisciplinary, feminist methodologies to examine the ways in which gender interacts with race, age, class, ability/disability and sexual orientation.
MA Program in Ancient Philosophy
Western offers a two-year Masters program in Ancient Philosophy jointly run by the Departments of Philosophy and Classical Studies. The program is aimed primarily at undergraduate students interested in pursuing ancient philosophy at the doctoral level. READ MORE
Paul Mayne, Western News
Edgar Yanez Zapata, a Venezuelan-born architect, artist and graphic designer, is pursuing his PhD in Hispanic Studies at Western.
Be it as an architect, artist or graphic designer, Edgar Yanez Zapata finds himself focused on the relationship between art and urban space, or what he calls “laboratories for the arts.” While the physical location can’t help but affect his work, it’s the ‘inner self’ that makes his work come alive. Read More