Department of English

University of Toronto

MA Program

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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) in English literature, an overall average of B+, and evidence of first-class (A) work in English. It should be noted that 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 normally take the degree by course work only and are required to complete the equivalent of 3.0 full courses in English plus the 1.0 full course 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- standing must be attained in each course.

M.A. students hoping to proceed to the Ph.D. program may wish to choose some of their courses with the Ph.D. requirements in mind.

M.A. students may take up to 1.0 FCE of coursework outside of the Graduate Program in English, with the approval of the M.A. Associate Director.

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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