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Creative and curious individuals seeking a two-year thesis based degree will find the English program stimulating, challenging and rewarding. The program appeals to students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of topics in English, a more rigorous set of research and writing skills, and wishing to complete a longer creative or research project. 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 do PhDs and other professional programs nationally and internationally, as well as into successful careers in publishing, business, government and creative industries.
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 thesis-based master’s degree in English is a good way to go on to a PhD.
A thesis-based master’s degree in English will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD, and is also often a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Six courses meeting historical breadth requirements, and a Graduate Pro-Seminar course
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
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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
University of Calgary
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Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
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