Department of English

University of Toronto

MA Program

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The M.A. in English at the University of Toronto is a one-year program. Although we do not offer teaching assistantships to students in the M.A. Program and can only offer limited financial aid to M.A. students, many of our MA students are supported by prestigious external awards, including Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Canada Graduate Scholarships. The department also offers unrivalled help to M.A. students applying for fellowships for further graduate study. As you begin your planning, you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2018-19 academic year was $8,490 for domestic students and $24,853 for international students.

Deadlines for applications to external awards often precede the program application deadline, so your first step should be to consider applying for financial support. For more information, see the sections on Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters (CGS-M) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) in Financial Information. In the past, incoming M.A. students have been particularly successful at winning CGS-Ms (in 2018-19, worth $17,500 over twelve months).

For entry into the M.A. program, we require an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum of seven full (1) year courses (or equivalent, i.e. 14 one-term courses or any combination of full-year and one-term courses that adds up to 7 full-year courses) in English literature, an overall average of B+, and evidence of first-class (A) work in English. Admission to the program is highly selective: these are minimum requirements only. In considering applications, the Department favours a broad training in the major genres and periods of English literature.

The M.A. program usually requires twelve months to complete. Candidates are required to complete the equivalent of 3.0 full courses (6 one-term courses) in English plus Critical Topographies: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Literary Studies in English (note that MA CRW students are not required to take this course). A minimum of a B- must be attained in each course.

With the approval of the M.A. Associate Director, M.A. students may take up to 1.0 FCE of coursework (one full-year or two one-term courses) outside of the Graduate Program in English.

Courses that are cross-listed by English from other departments are equivalent to English courses and may be taken without special permission from the Department.

For further information about your application and our program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

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