MA in English

  • 1 year (3 consecutive terms), full–time, funded;
  • Up to 4 years part-time, unfunded;
  • 24 credits in total:
    6 credits max. may be taken outside of the Program in English;
    6 credits max. may be taken as directed reading courses.

There are three ways of earning a MA degree in English:

  1. Courses only:
    greatest exposure to a rich diversity of ideas, literatures, and theories. Most amount of practice writing conference and article-length research papers.
  2. Courses (18 cr) + MRP (6 cr):
    exposure to diversity with sustained focus on a critical research topic. The MRP requires an approved proposal, faculty supervisor, two faculty assessors, and is approximately 60 pages in length.
  3. Courses (12 cr) + formal Thesis (12 cr):
    most focused, but also most formal. The MA Thesis is over 100 pages in length, requires an approved proposal, faculty supervisor, and formal oral defence in front of a committee and external examiner. Given its length and rigour, the MA Thesis option usually requires more than 3 consecutive terms. Any additional terms require additional tuition at the student’s expense.

For more information about the MA program, see the MA handbook under the “Handbooks” menu.

Admission Requirements

Students will be considered for admission as Candidates for the MA degree with at least the following:

  • an honours degree in English, or its equivalent;
  • a minimum B+ average and at least a B+ in English and Humanities courses in the last two years of study.

While applicants are ranked initially for consideration according to their GPA, full assessment of an applicant’s file includes careful attention to the Statement of Interest, writing sample, and letters of recommendation (see How to Apply). We look at numbers, but we want people who are as imaginative as they are capable.