Degree Requirements

The MFAc degree offers students two options for completion:

  1. The Coursework Option: students must complete eleven courses (33 credits)
  2. The Major Research paper option: students must complete nine courses (27 credits) and a Major Research paper (6 credits). This option is contingent on finding a faculty member who agrees to supervise the project.

Length of Program

The MFAc is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters of full time study. It is a trimester program, so the four terms span 16 months. Students take 3 courses in each of their first three terms and 2 courses in their final term and can start in either September or January.

Part-Time Study Option

The MFAc is primarily designed as a full time program. Part -time study is allowed for students who are in full-time employment. Students register for one course per term over 11 terms (44 months) and leaves of absence are permitted to extend this timeline. However, since courses are offered during both the day and evening, a part-time student needs an agreement with their employer to permit a flex-time work schedule. For this reason permission of the Director should be sought and a customized study plan showing coursework and expected completion date would be designed for each admitted student.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year round and there are two start dates in the program (September 1 and January 1). Students should indicate their preference for start date. Applications have to be received by August 1 for fall start and December 1 for winter start. However given the need for securing references, transcripts and visas for international students, much earlier application is encouraged.

For complete program requirements, see page 48 on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Calendar