Applied Literary Arts

Why Applied Literary Arts @ Memorial?

The Master of Applied Literary Arts is the first of its kind in Canada that combines academic studies with professional skills training in a flexible and experiential manner.

The MALA will prepare graduates for a wide range of arts-based professions in this province and beyond. Graduates will contribute to the creative economy, building on local arts, culture and tourism-based economies, enriching rural communities, disseminating shared history and heritage, decolonizing and diversifying, and giving shape to new cultural traditions.

Relationships with local communities, businesses and cultural actors will take students off campus to collaborate with local and professional artists. This engaged and community-based approach to learning emphasizes experiential opportunities for students.

Description of Program

  • MALA – The MALA program offers internship, research paper, and thesis options, with one to two year durations. The research paper option involves courses, an internship, and a major research paper, and can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The thesis option involves courses, an internship, and a thesis, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MALA – Bachelor's degree in Literature or related area from a recognized institution, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0; six undergraduate courses in English

  • Minimum TOEFL scores are: 580 for the paper-based test; 237 on the computer-based test; or 92 on the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score is an overall band score of 7.0. The minimum MUNTEL score is an overall band score of 70.

  • One seat per year will be reserved for a student with Indigenous ancestry who meets the minimum criteria for admission. There will be a bursary for an Indigenous student to study full-time for the MALA. Applicants wishing to be considered under this clause shall declare their Indigenous ancestry at the time of application. 

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Program Information
Degrees Offered:



course, thesis, internship, research paper

Duration (Full-time students):

1-2 years



Application Deadline:

February 15 for Fall admission


MALA: $11,000

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