English (MA)

The English program challenges students throughout each stage of an intensive year of study in order to prepare them for the widest possible range of career options. Students engage in a critical examination of the power of texts to reflect and shape both communities of origin and communities of reception. They also examine the ways in which texts, both literary and non-literary, are produced and used in the often-conflicting discourses that constitute the culture of community.

Entry point:

  • September (full-time or part-time)


  • MRP or Thesis – 3 terms (1 year)

This program is funded for the defined length above as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • February 1st
  • This program is no longer accepting applicants for fall 2022 entry. 
  • Applications are expected to open in mid-October for fall 2023 entry.

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements .
  2. Complete the online application  and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • Two academic references are required.
    • A statement (of no more than two pages in length) of your specific academic interests and your related background preparation, with particular attention to a topic or topics and potential supervisor(s) appropriate for the Major Research Paper component of the program.
    • A recent writing sample demonstrating your ability to generate an informed academic argument pertinent to the field.

Career outcomes

  • PhD programs in English, Comparative
  • Literature, and other Humanities programs
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Library and Archival work