English, Film and Theatre

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Degree Options

Degrees Offered Expected Duration
 M.A. 2 years
 Ph.D. 4 years

General Information

The English program offers graduate courses over a wide range of periods, genres, and critical approaches, and it also gives M.A. students the option of doing a creative writing thesis.

Students are welcome to consider all areas of literary specialization: Canadian literature, American literature, prairie literature, 20th-century literature, 19th-century literature, 18th-century literature, Milton, medieval literature, film, drama, theatre, post-colonial literature and theory, modern and post-modern literature, literary and critical theory, cultural and media studies, women's writing, and creative writing.

Why Study at U of M?

One of the major strengths of the faculty is its commitment to teaching excellence, with three of its current members having been honoured with the University’s highest teaching award, and several others having been honoured with Merit Awards, Graduate Teaching Awards, and UMSU Certificates of Teaching Excellence. In keeping with this record, graduate student teachers have also won a number of the Teaching Excellence Awards offered by the Faculty of Arts since 1994.

Admission Requirements

M.A. - Honours B.A. in English, or its equivalent.

Ph.D. - Applicants must present evidence of superior capacity and accomplishment in the field. A Master's in English is a normal requirement for admission. Students applying to the Ph.D. program must have maintained at least a 3.5 average in their work at the M.A. level.

Pre-M.A. - Students who wish to undertake graduate study in English but lack the prerequisite may apply to enter the Pre-M.A. program, which is designed to allow such students to attain the equivalent of an Honours B.A. in English.

See the Department website for full admission requirements. All applicants must also meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Possible Start Dates

Application Deadlines
Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated.

Term Start Date Canadian/US
Fall September January 5 November 1


University of Manitoba Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to M.A. students ($12,000 annually for 2 years) and to Ph.D. students ($16,000 annually for 4 years). Historically, our students have also fared well at the national level, with one or more SSHRC Doctoral and Master’s-CGS Fellowships awarded annually.

Full-time M.A. and Ph.D. students may be nominated for one of the departmental awards or apply for any suitable faculty awards. Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are often available for qualified applicants, or for entering Ph.D. students who serve an apprenticeship and take a course in “Teaching Literature at University.” Please contact the Department of English for more information.

English Film and Theatre

Department of English, Film, and Theatre
625 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
p: 204.474.9678
f:  204.474.7669
e: english@umanitoba.ca

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