MA in English

The MA in English at the University of Toronto is a one-year course based program.

U of T English MAs follow a variety of exciting career paths! Some go on to complete a PhD in English and pursue an academic career, while others enter the fields of education, publishing, journalism, communication, business, social work, and public policy, among many others.

Program Description

The MA program typically takes 12 months.

Students must successfully complete a total of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

  • ENG6999Y Critical Topographies: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Literary Studies in English (1.0 FCE) [please note that students in the MA in Creative Writing program are not required to take this course]
  • 3.0 graduate FCEs in English (6 one-term courses)

Students must attain a B standing in each graduate course.

With the approval of the Associate Director, MA, students may take up to 1.0 FCE of relevant coursework (1 full-year course or 2 one-term courses) outside of the Graduate Program in English.

Cross-listed courses (that is, courses taught by English graduate faculty in other units) and courses required for a collaborative specialization are equivalent to English courses and may be taken without special permission from the Department.

Entry Requirements

Please see the Application Information page (under “Programs”) for further information.

Admission to the MA program is based upon the applicant's undergraduate record, references, writing sample, and statement.

Minimum qualifications for entry into the MA program include:

  • A minimum of 7 full-year undergraduate courses in English or the equivalent in half-year courses (i.e., 14), or any combination of full-and half-year courses that add up to the equivalent of 7 full-year courses
  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (i.e., a four-year undergraduate degree), or its equivalent (preferably in English), with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 / B+ or better and evidence of first-class work in English. The department favours a broad training in the major genres and all periods of English literary history
  • Recommendations from two referees
  • A statement of purpose
  • A writing sample consisting of 12 to 15 pages

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. While historical coverage is especially important, a strong grounding in the major literary genres is also an asset, as is study of the range of literary writing in English across national cultures and ethnic/racialized, gendered, and sexually diverse communities. 

Fees & Financial Assistance

Although we do not offer teaching assistantships to students in the MA program, we regularly make significant financial awards to our top MA applicants. In addition, many of our incoming MA students are supported by prestigious external awards, including Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Canada Graduate Scholarships. The department also offers unrivalled help to MA students applying for fellowships for further graduate study.

Deadlines for applications for external awards often precede the program application deadline, so your first step should be to consider applying for financial support. For more information, see  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters (SSHRC CGS-M) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).

Please see the Department's Finances & Awards page

Tuition fees for full-time domestic and international students are posted on Student Accounts site.

Further Information

School of Graduate Studies

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