Our course-based MA program is a 12-month program consisting of both course work and a major research project (approximately 50 pp). This degree, with its slightly higher course load requirement, thoroughly and successfully prepares students for continuing graduate work in English at the PhD level. This program also appeals to anyone interested in an English MA program that can be completed within one year of initial registration.
The course-based MA in English is a twelve (12) month program combining graduate coursework and a final independent research project directed by a faculty member. The department normally offers graduate courses in each of the Fall, Winter and Spring (May-June) terms so that students can space their course work out accordingly.
ENGL 691 (offered in Fall term, pass/fail).
Historical Distribution Requirement: Of the courses taken above 1. at least one (1) half-course equivalent in literature from the twentieth century and after, AND 2. at least one (1) half-course equivalent in literature from one of the following four areas listed: i. Medieval literature ii. Early Modern literature iii. Restoration and eighteenth-century literature iv.Romantic literature and Victorian literature
A student may be permitted to submit a creative project for the MA course-based final research project, which will normally be based on work done in a creative writing course. For the creative writing option, the final project will represent a significant revision and/or substantial expansion of a manuscript submitted for credit in one of the creative writing manuscript courses. The final 710 project for the course-based MA would normally be half or one-third of that required of the creative MA.
Further information on the Creative Writing option is posted to: http://english.ucalgary.ca/graduate/creative
The typical twelve month program will look like this:
At the start of the Fall Semester: During Block Week, new students are required to attend orientation workshops at the University of Calgary. These workshops include important information about departmental and university policies and services, and resources on campus, as well as teaching workshops for students who have been offered Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GATs).
Fall Semester (Sept-Dec): Students are required to take ENGL 691, the graduate seminar on research methodologies and professional skills. Typically, students will also register in a further three (3) graduate courses.
Winter Semester (Jan-April): Students will typically register in three (3) semester length graduate courses of their choice.
Spring Semester (May-June): Students will typically register in one (1) semester length graduate course.
Summer (July-Aug): Students will undertake the research and writing for the capstone project, which will be due to the faculty supervisor by the second week of the last month of the student’s program (normally August 15). The faculty member will assign a grade of Pass / Fail. There is no oral defense.