Creative and curious individuals seeking a one-year course-based graduate degree will find the English Literature program stimulating, challenging and rewarding. The program appeals to students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of topics in English and a rigorous set of research and writing skills ideal for future graduate study. Students learn from distinguished faculty members in a range of fields, including creative writing. Many of our prize-winning graduates have gone on to publish widely; others have gone on to PhDs and other professional programs nationally and internationally, as well as into successful careers in publishing, business, government and creative industries.
Completing this program
- Core Course: Graduate Pro-seminar on critical skills and professional issues in graduate-level literary study.
- Pre-twentieth century: Minimum of one course on medieval, early modern, restoration/eighteenth-century, romantic/Victorian literature.
- Twentieth century and later: Minimum of one course in twentieth-century and/or twenty-first century literature.
- Capstone project/course: Students propose and complete a final major research project of approximately 50 pages.
- Literature in English (a Creative Writing option is available within this specialization)
Editing, publishing, law school and PhD studies, archival work, educational software, post-secondary teaching, college, university, government administration and policy, communications, technical writing, creative writing, digital and online publishing, non-profit organizations and NGOs..
A course-based master's degree in English is an excellent way to proceed quickly to a PhD.
Seven courses meeting historical breadth requirement, along with Graduate Pro-Seminar and Capstone courses
A minimum admission grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale over the final 60 units (10 full-course equivalents) of the undergraduate degree.
A completed four-year undergraduate program, or equivalent, with a Major in English Literature or in a closely related discipline.
A 5-10 page sample of critical writing. For creative writing applicants, an additional 10-page sample of creative writing.
A statement of intent.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL score of at least 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813.
- IELTS score of 7.5 with no section less than 7.0 (Academic version).
- MELAB score of 86, or higher.
- PTE score of 75, or higher (Academic version).
- Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)
For admission on September 1:
Canadians and permanent residents - apply by Dec. 15 | submit all supporting documents by Jan. 10
International students - apply by Dec. 15 | submit all supporting documents by Jan. 10
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Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
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