How To Apply

We welcome applicants with interests in English literature and culture (including language) of all periods and geographical areas and from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. We do not, however, offer a graduate degree or instruction in spoken English, translation, or teaching English as a second language. We currently do not offer graduate degrees in Film Studies, though it is possible to make the study of film part of your graduate coursework toward an English MA.

Online applications are open October 1, and close January 7.

 

MA Program

1. Decide whether you want to apply to the course-based MA or the thesis-based MA.

2. Determine if you meet the program requirements.

  • academic standing in English of at least 3.3 on a 4 point scale (B+ equivalent)
  • wide coverage of English courses (historical period, theory, approaches)
  • BA in English or at least 60 credits (20 courses) in English

3. Are you applying as an international admission? If you are, consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies International Admissions Page.

  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency. International applicants who are not exempt need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exam scores:
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 22 in each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) Please note that the University of Alberta does not accept computer-based TOEFL results
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 6.5 on each band

4. Ask 3 referees to provide a reference for you. The online system will contact them.

5. Open an Online Application Form. Fill out the form and upload:

  • 1 copy of all transcripts
  • your curriculum vitae
  • the Statement of Program: 350-500 words (see Application Tips for more information)
  • TOEFL/IELTS score if required

PhD Program

1. Determine if you meet the program requirements.

  • academic standing in English of at least 3.5 on a 4 point scale (B+ equivalent)
  • wide coverage of English courses (historical period, theory, approaches)
  • MA in English or equivalent degree with English emphasis

2. Are you applying as an international admission? If you are, consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies International Admissions Page

  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency. International applicants who are not exempt need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exam scores:
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 22 in each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) Please note that the University of Alberta does not accept computer-based TOEFL results
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 6.5 on each band

3. Ask 3 referees to provide a reference for you (the online system will contact them).

4. Open an Online Application Form. Fill out the form and upload:

  • 1 copy of all transcripts
  • your curriculum vitae
  • the Statement of Program: 1000-1200 words (see Application Tips for more information)
  • TOEFL/IELTS score if required

Any questions you have about the application process or the program itself can be addressed to Graduate Program Administrator or to the Associate Chair Graduate Studies.

We look forward to receiving your application!