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English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) Edmonton, Canada
The graduate English program at the University of Alberta in the Department of English and Film Studies is large and diverse, with internationally recognized strengths in many fields including Canadian literature, Cultural Studies, English literature, American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Modernism


The graduate English program at the University of Alberta has excellent internal funding packages and a very high success rate for external funding. We are often able to offer incoming students a funding package approaching, and occasionally, exceeding $30,000 for PhD and $20,000 for MA students annually. We have very high success rates for SSHRC and other major scholarships: currently about half of our PhD students hold a major external award, including a Trudeau scholarship and two Vanier scholarships. 

We support student travel for research and conferences, and we have innovative program structures that allow students to pursue exciting and original research. We have an active and very supportive Graduate Students of English Collective, and a department culture that values graduate student participation.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • NeoMctorianism 
  • Revisions of the Past 
  • Indigenous women's/LGBQT Strategies 
  • of Disengagement from the English 
  • Language 
  • Anne Carson's Strange Hybrids 
  • Victorian Science Fictionality: The 
  • Hollow-Eam Novum in England & 
  • America 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • an undergraduate degree in English or its equivalent in number of courses (usually 54 credits, or 18 courses).
  • a breadth of courses representing the major historical periods [Old and Middle English, Early Modern, Restoration and Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century literature and culture] and in Canadian, American, Indigenous, and postcolonial literature and culture, as well as some grounding in literary and cultural theory.
  • high academic standing (a minimum 3.3 GPA in courses in English).
  • proof of English language proficiency, where applicable (see How to Apply for details).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Edmonton

  • 1201 - 2000 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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