The MA in English helps students develop the advanced professional skills and the intellectual independence required for doctoral studies and for leadership roles in a variety of fields. Seminars are small, providing a stimulating environment for students to develop their skills and build supportive relationships with peers and faculty members. The academic seminars and, optionally, the research paper or thesis research foster rigorous study of British, Canadian, or American literary history from a range of critical perspectives. In addition, the program includes training in transferable professional skills such as grant-writing, presenting at conferences, teaching, publishing articles, and planning for academic and non-academic career paths. We also offer a unique MA with Co-op option, which enables students to gain paid work experience in government, business, arts administration and other professional careers while pursuing advanced studies in English Literature. Our MAs go on to PhD programs at universities across the continent, or pursue careers in government, education, non-profit work, writing and editing, law, and other professional fields.
We offer several options for the MA in English. All of the MA programs provide excellent preparation for either doctoral study or a non-academic career. Students in all programs must take ENG6302 and ENG6303, a series of bi-weekly workshops in Research Methods and Professionalization, in addition to their academic seminars.
- The one-year MA in English with Coursework (eight seminars) allows students to deepen their knowledge of a variety of areas of literary studies.
- The one-year MA in English with Research Paper (five seminars plus an independent research paper of about 12,000 words) allows students to focus more intensively on a research project of their choice while still completing the MA within a single year.
- The two-year MA in English with Thesis (four seminars plus a thesis of about 100 pages) allows students to undertake a more ambitious research project by writing and defending a thesis.
Both the one-year MA in English with Coursework (eight seminars) and one-year MA in English with Research Paper (five seminars and a research paper) can be done as part of the department's Co-op program. The Co-op option allows students to acquire workplace experience and professional connections that will give them a competitive advantage in the job market. The program takes five semesters, which includes two paid work terms. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Taylor, Director of Graduate Studies, at [email protected].
We also offer two collaborative MA programs which combine advanced studies in English with training in interdisciplinary research in either Medieval and Renaissance Studies or Feminist and Gender Studies.
- The Collaborative MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies consists of three English seminars, two interdisciplinary courses in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and a thesis. Students can alternatively do a one-year MA with a research paper, to which a CO-OP option can be added. This is a bilingual program, so students must have advanced competency in both English and French.
- The Collaborative MA in English and Women's Studies consists of three English seminars, two interdisciplinary courses in Feminist and Gender Studies, and a thesis. Students can alternatively do a one-year MA with a research paper, to which a CO-OP option can be added.