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    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • PhD in English

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

Program details

The Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media offers a program of study leading to a PhD in English.

Expected duration: 4 years

The PhD program consists of coursework, candidacy exams and a thesis component.

Tuition and fees: Tuition fees are charged for terms one and two and terms four and five. A continuing fee is paid for term three, term six and each subsequent term. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)

The first year of full-time PhD study will normally include:

  • 18 credit hours of coursework, including:
    • At least 12 credit hours of graduate seminars in English literature at the 7000 level
    • 6 credit hours of ancillary coursework at the 3000 level or above in English or in a related discipline

Candidacy examinations, consisting of a paper on the student’s period of specialization and a paper on the research area, will normally be written in the second year of PhD study. Each paper will be followed by a one-hour oral examination. Students must also prepare and successfully defend their thesis.

Second Language Reading Requirement

Students are required to have some knowledge of a language other than English.

For a PhD degree, a grade of C+ or better in, normally, 6 undergraduate credit hours of (2000 level or equivalent) courses satisfies the requirement.

Sample course offerings

  • ENGL 7050: Studies in Canadian Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7030: Studies in American Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7090: Studies in Contemporary Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7140: Studies in International Literature (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7160: Studies in Modernism (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7180: Studies in Old English Poetry (6 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7190: Special Topics in Literary Figures (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7300: Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7880: Studies in Literature and Film (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 7860: Topics in Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Admission decisions are based on the qualifications of the applicant as well as the ability of the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media and the University of Manitoba to serve the applicant’s intended program of study and area of specialization.

To be considered for admission to the PhD in English program, you must hold a Master’s degree in English with a GPA of at least 3.5 in your work at the MA level.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The PhD in English program accepts applications for Fall entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
  • A sample of the student’s scholarly writing (maximum 20 pages)
  • A detailed proposal (approximately 1000 words) explaining the student's intended research focus
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Application deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a committee basis. The Admissions committee for English reviews applications in February.

Applications open up to 18 months prior to start term.

Canadian and US applicants

Term Annual application deadline
Fall (September) January 5

International applicants

Term Annual application deadline
Fall (September) November 1

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media, Faculty of Arts
625 Fletcher Argue Building
15 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9678
Fax: 204-474-7669

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