Start your path to your next degree in English with these steps.
Follow these steps before you apply for grad studies. Admissions to graduate programs are highly competitive, as there are a limited number of spaces. There is no general right of admission, so it's best to be as prepared as possible.
Before you start
Ensure you meet admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies and your program.
Plan 2 to 6 months to prepare required documents. International students may need longer.
Your online application and all application components must be received by Dec. 15 to be considered for funding for September admission.
Writing a Statement of Purpose / Letter of Intent / Statement of Intent
These letters are your opportunity to tell the graduate program:
Your specific area of academic interest (research topic you want to work on)
How your past education and other experiences have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program
What you hope to achieve in the graduate program
Why this particular program is the best place for you to pursue your interests
Generally, these statements are in the form of a short essay. Make sure to carefully read the specific instructions given by the English graduate program and ensure you provide us with all the materials asked for.
Other tips for a strong Statement of Interest
State any work you have done in this area already (mention specific skills/techniques you have picked up)
Connect your area of interest to work being done in the program (mention
specific faculty members and projects)
Refer to academic publications that have informed your interest (use correct
citation as footnote)
Mention any publications, presentations or conferences you have been a part of
Tips for your reference letters
Your letters of reference must address your suitability for academic study in literature in our department. They should be detailed, addressing gaps, strengths, how you are unique, your grades, your research proposal, and any significant achievements.
If you are interested in our creative writing stream, your referees should also be aware that our degree programs emphasize and require in-depth literary study and a background in literature in English as well, and should address your research plans, your critical writing and your creative writing abilities and potential.