Interdisciplinary Humanities (MA)


Think for good, train with purpose.

Interdisciplinary Humanities combines the disciplines to analyze significant aspects of Western culture, including those that are rooted in, are impacted by, and/or are challenges to a Christian world view.

The MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities will take you on an academic expedition through three related disciplines: English, Philosophy, and History. Delve into
the foundation of what it means to be human, considering major perspectives
on humanity’s purpose along the way. Whether you are a scholar, educator, or professional, this program will augment your intellectual toolkit, sharpen your critical thinking, and deepen your personal awareness and professional purpose. Trinity Western’s MAIH is uniquely positioned to help you navigate the spiritual or faith- based dimension of literary, philosophical, and historical thought, generating a more holistic understanding of your field of study. Enjoy the diverse and flexible learning environment and the exceptional faculty mentorship that makes TWU’s MAIH one of Canada’s most creative and vibrant interdisciplinary MA programs

Program Delivery

This MA comprises 30 semester hours and offers multiple entry points.  Complete the degree full-time in one year (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) or go part-time and create a program adapted to your unique educational plan. The program’s flexible learning environment, which includes some distance learning opportunities, can be tailored to your specific area(s) of interest, and you may choose a general humanities approach or concentrate on English, History, or Philosophy. Candidates satisfy their degree requirements by taking three core courses, disciplinary course electives and, in most cases, a final assignment, which may be a traditional major research essay / thesis or an applied-research project.  The applied research project is a creative and innovative experiential assignment that is directly relevant to the candidate’s desired academic, educational or professional outcomes.  No matter what approach to the program you take, academic accomplishment will serve you well in your career and personal journey.

Certificate Options - Forthcoming

We offer several certificates that recognize competency in specific themes that are informed by the Humanities. Certificates include one of the Core courses (English, History or Philosophy) and several additional courses that together form an expertise cluster.  Although you do not need to be enrolled in the MAIH program to earn stand-alone certifications, graduate courses completed for any of our certificates can be used to satisfy the MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities degree requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Program outcomes

  • Broaden your way of thinking and wrestle with what it means to be human.
  • Gain a holistic understanding of your chosen studies by analyzing historical, philosophical, and literary texts.
  • Learn how spiritual beliefs and practices shape the way we think about the world.
  • Prepare for entry into Ph.D. programs in Canada and internationally (future academics).
  • Qualify for salary upgrades through the British Columbia Teachers Qualification Service (educators).
  • Lead with meaning and purpose in your vocation or service (professionals).


Master of Arts (MA)

Program Highlights

  • Anticipated Length

    1-2 yrs or part-time
  • Application Deadline

    April 1 & November 1
  • Tuition Total


Alumni Perspective

"Philosophy done well, I think, has the capacity to help us to worry less. I have encountered several students of Western philosophy, as well as some public opinion, that tend towards almost the opposite conclusion: philosophy leads to entanglement in unsolvable or useless conundrums."

- Ben Birkenstock ('15)