PhD in Literature in English

Our distinguished graduate faculty represents a wide array of approaches to the study of literature, including global and transnational literatures; medieval and early modern studies; Canadian literature; American literature; Victorian literature; digital humanities; comic and graphic texts; gender studies and cultural studies.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in English

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in English

The Department of English offers a PhD degree with one specialization, Literature in English. The Creative Writing option is available within this specialization.

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Admission requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Graduate programs in English also have the following requirements:

PhD degree admission requirements

  • A completed four-year undergraduate program (or equivalent), and a completed Master's degree. At least one of the degrees must be in English Literature. In exceptional circumstances, degrees in a closely related discipline may meet admission requirements;
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.5 on a 4 point scale at the graduate level;
  • A Statement of Intent (no more than 600 words);
  • A C.V.;
  • 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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Graduate Program Advisor

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Lori Somner

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Morgan Vanek

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Clara A.B. Joseph