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Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and by the Department of English.

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Department of English requires the following for:

MA Admission Requirements

  • A completed four-year undergraduate program, or equivalent, with a Major in English Literature or in a closely related discipline;
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.3 on a 4 point scale over the final 60 units (10 full-course equivalents);
  • A Statement of Intent (no more than 400 words);
  • A sample of critical writing, 5-10 pages;
  • For creative writing applicants, an additional sample of 5-10 pages of creative writing;
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, proof of English language proficiency must be provided in one of the following ways: TOEFL score of 105 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based); IELTS score of 7.5 with no section less than 7.0 (academic version), MELAB score of 86, PTE score of 75;
  • Two academic references

PhD Admission Requirements

  • A completed four-year undergraduate program (or equivalent), and a completed Master's degree.  At least one of the degrees must be in English Literature.  In exceptional circumstances, degrees in a closely related discipline may meet admission requirements;
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.5 on a 4 point scale at the graduate level;
  • A Statement of Intent (no more than 600 words);
  • A C.V.;
  • A sample of critical writing, 5-10 pages;
  • For creative writing applicants, an additional sample of 5-10 pages of creative writing;
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, proof of English language proficiency must be provided in one of the following ways: TOEFL score of 105 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based); IELTS score of 7.5 with no section less than 7.0 (academic version), MELAB score of 86, PTE score of 75;
  • Two academic references 

Note: 

  • Applicants are not required to have a supervisor in place before admission.
  • Application for advanced credit for previous graduate-level work must be made to the Department Head at the time of admission.