English Professor Jason Wiens and PhD Student Jordan Bolay examine Guy Vanderhaeghe’s archives.

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Department of English

What is thesis-based study?

Pursue independent research guided by a supervisor who shares your research interests. If you want to advance your knowledge or expand your expertise in a specific field or research area, our thesis-based programs are for you.

What is course-based study?

Ideal if you're seeking to advance your career, our course-based programs offer research, project and group work components in a wide variety of delivery methods.

What is a supervisor?

A supervisor is a faculty member who oversees your research and the development of your thesis.

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Graduate programs in the Department of English

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MA in Literature in English

Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based / Master of Arts (MA), course-based

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PhD in Literature in English

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Creative Writing option

Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based with creative thesis / Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with creative dissertation

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The Department of English publishes two noteworthy journals, ARIEL and NōD Magazine.

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Graduate program contacts

Contact us for any questions you may have about the programs we offer in the Department of English.

Graduate Program Advisor

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Lori Somner


Associate Head (Graduate Program)

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Morgan Vanek


Creative Writing Coordinator

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Clara A.B. Joseph