Students who wish to undertake graduate study in English but lack the prerequisite may apply to enter the Pre-MA program, which is designed to allow such students to attain the equivalent of an Honours BA in English.
Pre-MA Program Requirements
Normally, the Pre-MA is a one-year program comprising thirty undergraduate credit hours in English (six of which will be from A History of Critical Theory) selected from areas not previously covered by the student. Since every student will have a unique background, each program will be individually established in a conference between the student and the Chair of Graduate English Studies. Students with a limited background in English may be required to complete more than thirty credit hours; students with a strong background may complete the program with fewer credit hours.
Pre-MA students are not eligible for graduate fellowships or teaching assistantships.
Applications for study leading to the MA in English are accepted from students holding an Honours BA in English, or its equivalent. The equivalent would normally include 60 credit hours of courses in English literature, with at least 24 credit hours in periods prior to 1900. Students are strongly encouraged to take a range of courses providing coverage in the major authors and showing study at an advanced level. Applicants who lack this prerequisite will normally be directed to the Pre-MA program. Students must have a B (3.0) average in prior English studies and a B (3.0) average overall to be eligible for admission (meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance).
Students who wishing to enter the PhD program in English are required to present evidence of superior capacity and accomplishment in the field. (See below) The Master's in English is a normal requirement for admission.
The Department of English reserves the right to limit the number of entering prospective PhD candidates according to faculty and research resources. Students applying to the PhD program must have maintained at least a 3.5 average in their work at the MA level.
Graduate Chair: Dr. Vanessa Warne
Department of English
623 Fletcher Argue Building