IX. Graduate Programs


MA Program

The English MA program in the School of English and Theatre Studies is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to graduate-level work in English studies, within a flexible program. Students can draw on the program's strengths in the following fields: 1) studies in Canadian literatures; 2) colonial, postcolonial and diasporic studies; 3) early modern studies; 4) sexuality and gender studies; and 5) transnational nineteenth-century studies. Students can also pursue a wide range of research topics in consultation with faculty members actively engaged with the literatures of different historical periods and geographical locations, and with current debates in such areas as critical theory, cultural studies, gender studies, and queer theory.

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the English MA program is the equivalent of an Honours degree in English studies from a recognized institution with at least 78% or higher in the last two years of study. Students with degrees with excellent academic records in other disciplines will also be considered. Successful applicants will be admitted in the Fall Semester, the Program’s only entry point. Program offices should be consulted for admission deadlines. If the applicant's first degree was completed in a country where English is not the first language, English-language proficiency must be documented at the time of application.

Degree Requirements

Students enrol in one of two study options: 1) course work and major research project, or 2) thesis.

Course Work and Major Resarch Project (MRP)

Students complete six courses (6 x 0.50 credit); plus ENGL*6803 Research Project.


Students complete four courses (4 x 0.50 credit); plus a thesis of 20,000 to 25,000 words (80-100 pages).

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