Program list & descriptions

English ( Masters )

Areas from Anglo-Saxon through contemporary, postcolonial, Canadian and American literature and theory are offered, as well as concentrations in cultural, social, and political thought; literatures of the West Coast; and medieval and early modern studies.


Prerequisite Minimum standing

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September January 15 January 15


  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of intent
  • Writing sample from within last 12 months
  • TOEFL 101 (internet-based test)
  • For details, please consult the English website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Chair Iain Higgins 250-721-7234 CLE C317
Receptionist Melanie Hibi 250-721-7236 CLE C343
Administrative Officer Patricia Ormond 250-721-7235 CLE C343b
Graduate Program Adviser Gary Kuchar 250-721-7248 CLE C329
Graduate Secretary Colleen Donnelly 250-721-6331 CLE C343c
Honours Program Adviser Magdalena Kay 250-721-7268 CLE C328
Honours Secretary Cathy Ruszel 250-721-7230 CLE 343
Literature Program Adviser Mary Elizabeth Leighton 250-721-7244 CLE C337
Professional Writing Minor Adviser Elizabeth Grove-White 250-721-7263 CLE C318
Director of the Division of Academic Writing Lisa Surridge 250-721-7246 CLE C333

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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