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Fashion (MA)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

The master of arts in Fashion program is the only graduate degree of its kind in Canada. Fashion Studies examines the broader social, cultural and economic implications of the production, marketing and consumption of fashion. Working closely with faculty and experts in an academically rigorous environment, students will have the opportunity to develop advanced research skills by completing a written or creative Major Research Project (MRP). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, we welcome applicants from a variety of undergraduate programs in fine arts, humanities, social sciences, design and business.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a master’s (or undergraduate- whichever is applicable) degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the Master's program or 3.0/4.33 (B) in the last 2 years of study
  • Statement of research interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (or three, depending on program)
  • English Proficiency Test (if applicable)

More information on admission requirements.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

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For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

Students are equipped with a critically informed approach to fashion studies, including familiarity with key theorists and critical debates relating to the fashion system. Appealing to a wide variety of students, this program does not require prior fashion industry knowledge. Students will gain advanced research skills by completing an original written or creative major research project. 

Fashion (MA) graduate program calendar

Apply to work as a Research Assistant or Grad Teaching Assistant. Program funding is awarded to top candidates.

The optional internship course provides students with professional experience in fashion or cultural industries, locally or internationally.

From gowns by Dior and Balmain, to early beaded moccasins and embroidered silk kimonos, the FRC contains over 3,000 garments, accessories and ephemera dating back to 1820 that are available to support on-site objectbased research. 

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Email: grdadmit@ryerson.ca

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Alison Matthews-David
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Art History, Stanford University
Research areas: examines the dress, gender, material culture, medicine, occupational health, technology, and the democratization of elite fashions during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4696
Email: amdavid@ryerson.ca

Mauro Chiera
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 557608
Fax: 416-979-5153
Email: gradfashion@ryerson.ca

"This program has launched me into the world of fashion, becoming a platform for learning fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking, alongside a support network of diverse peers, academics, and fashion leaders that continuously challenge the status quo."

Emilie Chan, MA student

Student Profile: My Voice, Our Future Video Contest – 1st Place

Inspired by her research in Ghana and Nigeria, Annika Waddell (fashion MA alumna) started her own company and launched a natural skincare brand in 2018.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Fashion (MA).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.