The objectives of the Master program are twofold:
(i) to offer advanced education in all areas of Italian Studies and
(ii) to provide training in research techniques.
These objectives are reached through 8 half-year courses, to be selected from an average yearly offering of 12, and a mandatory half-year course on methods of research (ITA 1000H). All elective courses include a major research paper and seminar presentations based on research assignments. Some courses also include a final examination.
Applicants for admission to the M.A. program should submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of intent with their application (see ‘Application for M.A. and Ph.D.’ section)
For entry into a one-year M.A. program, applicants must have either a B.A. degree in a four-year program (20 full-year courses or equivalent) or completed seven full undergraduate courses (or equivalent) in Italian to include an appropriate upper-year full course (or equivalent) in language and three half courses (or equivalent) in three different periods of literature: medieval, Renaissance, 17th-18th centuries, or modern. Students who began studying Italian at university are advised to take a fourth-year language course. They must also have achieved at least a B+ standing in Italian courses taken in their University of Toronto 300- and 400-series courses (or in equivalent courses). An overall average of middle B in all subjects is required in the final year.
The undergraduate programs of students from other universities will be evaluated individually on their merits. The Department will determine whether candidates need to complete prerequisite work in order to qualify for admission to a Master of Arts program and will advise them accordingly.