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Focus Areas

Students must choose at least one (a maximum of two is possible) from the following focus areas.

NOTE: Students admitted prior to September 1, 2011, will complete a specialization.

Literary Studies; Heritage and Social History; and Writing and New Media are not open to students admitted prior to September 1, 2011. Students interested in these areas are to contact the MA-IS Office.

*These focus areas are under development and may be subject to change. Degrees will not be awarded with these focus areas at this time

Upon completion of the two MA-IS core courses (MAIS 601 and MAIS 602) and two elective courses, students are required to declare a focus area by submitting a study plan to the MA-IS Office for the Directors or Associate Directors approval.

A minimum of four courses within a focus area must be completed before a focus area in that area of study is awarded. Students must complete at least one focus area and four elective courses before undertaking their Final Project.

Students who wish to declare 2 focus areas must obtain the permission of the MA-IS Office. Applications for permission must include: a complete list of courses, the sequence and timeline within which they will be completed, and an explanation as to how the focus areas will be integrated into their Final Project

Please Note:

MAIS 622, MAIS 638, and MAIS 640 are senior methods courses designed to better prepare students for their Final Project, but they can also serve as one of the four courses that comprise a focus area; at the discretion of the Directors, and only if the course's major assignment is tailored to that focus area.

Credits transferred from another institution (except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Directors) cannot be part of the 12 credits that comprise a focus area.

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Independent Track

Students who wish to declare an Independent Track focus area must contact the MA-IS Office to obtain the permission of the Director or Associate Director. The Independent Track is reserved for highly motivated students who have demonstrated excellence in their previous studies. Applications for permission must include: a proposed list of courses, the sequence and timeline within which the listed courses will be completed, and an explanation as to how the listed courses relate to one another and contribute to the student's overall learning goal(s). For further information on the Independent Track, please contact the MA-IS Office.

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Study Plans

To declare or change a focus area, please email a new or revised Study Plan to the MA-IS Office: E-mail: mais@athabascau.ca

Please use the Study Plan below as a template; we require your study plan using this format.

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Study Schedule Plan

The MA - Integrated Studies Program may be completed in 2 to 6 years. Students who wish to plan their program of study may find the two Study Schedules listed below useful (both currently Word documents).

Students are Not required to submit the worksheet to the MA-IS Office; these are provided to assist students with their study plan.

Please contact the MA-IS Office should you have any questions.

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Updated February 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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