Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

Why study this program?

The Comparative Literature Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature. The Comparative Literature Program offers an area of specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies in conjunction with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. Entrance requirements, financial assistance and application procedures are through the Comparative Literature Program, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

Admissions to this program have been suspended as of July 1, 2016.

For students interested in the area of Comparative Literature, see Transnational and Comparative Literatures in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

Entrance Requirements

Normally, minimum admission requirements for an MA in Comparative Literature are an undergraduate degree with an average of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution. Minimum requirements for a PhD are an MA with an average of at least 3.0 in the last two terms of graduate work. Exceptionally qualified students holding a BA degree can bypass the MA and be admitted directly into a doctoral degree program. In addition to these minimal requirements, a TOEFL score of 95 (Internet-based with at least 21 per section) or equivalent where applicable is required. (see English Language Requirement ).

Graduate students in Comparative Literature are required to have one language, other than English, at the MA level and two languages, other than English, at the PhD level. Details regarding language requirements may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Coordinator.



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Graduate courses can be found in Course Listings , under the subject heading Comparative Literature (C LIT).

Tuition and Fees

Comparative Literature annually provides a number of scholarships or graduate research and teaching assistantships. Scholarships and assistantships will not be offered to any student until the student has been formally admitted to the graduate program. Graduate students are also eligible for various University Fellowships and Bursaries depending on eligibility. For details see

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