Department of English

University of Toronto

MA CRW Information

Information about the MA Program in the Field of Creative Writing

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Admission Requirements
(Please refer to the main Graduate English Application Information web-page for detailed information including application deadlines)


The MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing requires students to attend graduate-level English courses. The degree can lead to a PhD in English. Therefore, students must have at least seven full-year undergraduate courses in English. It is not necessary to have an English major, as long as you have the seven undergraduate English courses. Students who do not meet this requirement cannot be admitted into the program.

A B+ average (GPA of 3.3) is the minimum requirement for entry into the program. Once this is met, the primary basis for the selection of candidates is the quality of the portfolio submission. It is not expected that students will have publication credits. Applicants do not need to provide GRE results.

Applications must be submitted online and are considered complete only when the following documentation has been received by the Department of English:

- Maximum 25 pages of drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction (Double-spaced, 12-point font)
- OR maximum 25 pages of poetry
- OR a combination of the above (maximum 25 pages; all prose must be double-spaced and 12-point font)
- Portfolio pages exceeding this length will not be read
- Do not submit academic essays

Please note that payment of the non-refundable and non-transferable application fee ($120) triggers the electronic submission of reference letters. Supporting documentation (ONLY official transcripts and portfolios that are 1 megabyte or larger in size) should be mailed to Graduate Admissions, Department of English, 170 St. George Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5R 2M8.

Deadline for Applications:

On-line applications must be complete and supporting documents (with the exception of letters of reference and official transcripts) received in the department by December 12, 2017*.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Letters of reference and official transcripts will be received until January 19, 2018*.  We recommend you allow at least 15 business days for mailing any supporting documents.

HOW TO APPLY (SGS Online Applications): 
BEFORE proceeding to the SGS application form below, the Department of English strongly recommends that applicants apply for all external funding for which they may be eligible, that is,

  •  Applicants to the MA and MA CRW programs: SSHRC CGS M and OGS (see links for applicable deadlines);
  •  Applicants to the PhD and PhD U programs: Doctoral (CGS D) SSHRC and OGS (see links for applicable deadlines). 

 

 

Students are advised that applications for external awards (OGS and SSHRC) should be submitted to the appropriate funding body independently of their MA application. Deadlines for external awards begin in September of each year. All information regarding external awards can be found online through the links above.

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Program Requirements

The M.A. program in English in the Field of Creative Writing usually requires 18-24 months to complete. Applicants must have an overall average of B+ or better and evidence of first-class work in English for admission to the program. The program requires the completion of two FCE’s (full course equivalents) in English; ENG6950Y Writing Workshop; and a supervised Writing Project (the equivalent of a thesis) completed under the direction of a mentor.

All candidates must complete the Writing Workshop in the first year of their program. Some sessions may feature on-campus visits from editors, publishers, professional archivists, researchers, and agents so that students can learn the pragmatics of the publishing industry. In their second year, students undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice – poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Each student is assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All advisors are published writers.


Writing Workshop

English 6950Y: All candidates for the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing must complete this workshop in the first year of their program. Students will also submit creative work in order to receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students, and this will allow them to develop their portfolios.


Writing Project

In the second year of the program, students will undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice (poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction). Each student will be assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All mentors will be published writers. The completed Project should normally be submitted before the beginning of April of the second year. The Department will then arrange an oral defense, to be chaired by the Director of the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing. The Writing Project can be designated as Pass, Fail, or Distinction.

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Student Financial Support

Students accepted into the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing will be eligible for Teaching Assistantships beginning in the spring of their first year. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for external funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, click here for more information and Department of English Application Deadlines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are admitted each year?
We admit seven students each year.

I do not have 7 full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in English. Can I still apply?
Because the program is an MA in English, students must have a strong background in English literature. Students who do not have sufficient undergraduate training may wish to take additional courses in English in order to qualify for admission.

My average is less than a B+. Can I still apply?
The academic requirements for admission to the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing are very strict. The B+ minimum must be met or a student’s portfolio will not be considered. Students who do not have an adequate GPA may wish to take additional courses in order to improve their academic standing and qualify for admission.

I have taken courses in literature in a language other than English. Can I apply?
Unless the texts were studied in English translation, courses in literature in a language other than English do not qualify students for admission to the program.

How should I choose what to submit?
Choose your best writing.

Can I apply to enroll in January?
There is only one entry point for students in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, which is September. Students may not begin the program in January.

Can I enroll in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing part-time?
Students must enroll full-time.

How much Financial Support can I expect?
Currently we are able to offer students in the Creative Writing program a TAship each year (number of hours TBA at the start of the program), to a maximum of two years. Successful applicants for the SSHRC CGS-M award can expect $17,500. OGS award holders can expect up to $15,000. Each domestic student also receives an Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Scholarship in the first year. Regrettably, there is no entrance scholarship or TA funding available to international students for MA CRW studies at this time.

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Contact Us

For more information please contact us by e-mail, phone or Canada Post.

creative.writing@utoronto.ca  
Director, MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing
Department of English
170 St. George Street
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5R 2M8

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