Admission requirements

Applicants for a Master's degree normally hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution. Those seeking admission to the Doctoral degree program have normally completed a Master's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The Graduate Admissions and Records Office determines whether or not a particular institution is 'recognized' for the purpose of admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Any queries about the status of an institution should be directed to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

Most MA candidates have completed the equivalent of an English major, though exceptions can be made in cases where an applicant has taken a sufficient number of upper-level English courses.

Applicants to the program normally have at least a B+ average or higher in the final two years and at least a B average overall. Most funded applicants, however, will have at least an A- average (i.e., grade point average of 7.0 on a nine-point scale, 3.7 on a four-point scale, or a high second-class standing) in the final two years of all their undergraduate work.

Preference is normally given to those with an Honours BA or a major that has included courses in all or most areas of English literature, including critical/literary theory. As noted, however, graduates of other programs may also be considered if they have taken a wide spectrum of English courses.

Applicants to the PhD program should normally hold an MA degree with a minimum average of A- in graduate courses.

The Graduate Studies website will have a full list of requirements including:

  • Dates and deadlines for admission
  • Admissions checklist
  • Admissions requirements
  • Program information

You can also find out:

  • How to submit your supporting documents
  • how to provide proof of English proficiency
  • Information before you apply