MA in Literature in English
The MA in English at the University of Calgary offers the opportunity to complete a range of graduate courses. You may undertake an independent research project in either the one year course-based MA or the two year thesis-based MA.
Course-based versus Thesis-based
The course-based MA degree is an intensive program designed to be completed in a year and specifically for students interested in moving into PhD studies relatively quickly. The thesis-MA degree takes two years, has a slightly slower pace, and can often be the “terminal degree”. Students holding a course-based and thesis-based MA are equally admissible to the PhD degree.
Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based
Thesis-based programs require that you pursue independent and original research culminating in a thesis. You will work under the supervision of a faculty member whose expertise matches your research area.
Master of Arts (MA), course-based
In a course-based program, all degree requirements are fulfilled by completing courses. These may include courses that involve a project, such as a major research paper or group project.
You must meet the minimum entrance requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Graduate programs in English also have the following requirements:
MA degree admission requirements
- A completed four-year undergraduate program, or equivalent, with a Major in English Literature or in a closely related discipline;
- A minimum admission grade point average of 3.3 on a 4 point scale over the final 60 units (10 full-course equivalents);
- A Statement of Intent (no more than 400 words);
- A sample of critical writing, 5-10 pages;
- For creative writing applicants, an additional sample of 5-10 pages of creative writing;
- For applicants whose primary language is not English, proof of English language proficiency must be provided in one of the following ways: TOEFL score of 105 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based); IELTS score of 7.5 with no section less than 7.0 (academic version), MELAB score of 86, PTE score of 75;
- Two academic references
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