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Course-based MA

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.

 Program and Course Requirements

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.

  1. Twenty-one (21) units (7 half-courses of one semester length each) in addition to the pro-seminar (ENGL691).
  2. ENGL 691 (offered in Fall term, pass/fail). 

  3. English 710 (normally offered in Summer term, pass/fail). The capstone to the course-based MA is the independent research project completed in the summer after course-work has been completed. Though shorter than the MA thesis, this research project still offers students the opportunity to conceive, research and engage in a significant piece of original work under the direction of a faculty member in English. This final project will normally develop out of research previously completed and submitted for credit in one of the graduate courses, expanding the argument and the scope of the materials considered, for instance.  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 project will normally be approximately 50 pages in length. The capstone research project will be evaluated by the faculty director of the project, and the student will receive a grade of Pass or Fail on the transcript for the requirement. There is no oral defense of this project.
  4. 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

Creative Writing Option

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

Timeline

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.

  • By June 1, students will approach a faculty member in the department, normally one with whom they have completed (or are completing) a graduate course, to request supervision for their capstone research project; this project will normally develop out of research or creative work completed and submitted for credit in the course taught by that faculty member.
  • By June 15, and with the support of the faculty member, students will prepare a proposal of two-pages plus bibliography and submit it to the Graduate Program Office for approval.

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.