English Language and Literature

Queen's University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
12927 CAD/year
5773 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Offered by Queen’s University since 1929, the MA in English Language and Literature is a model of academic rigor recognized by doctoral programs across the country and around the globe.


Welcome to Queen’s English! Whether you are passionate about literary classics like Shakespeare’s plays and Jane Austen’s novels, or you prefer exploring contemporary popular fiction and the cultural place of comics, the Department of English offers courses that will pique your interest and stretch your mind.

As a Major or Medial, each year you will have access to a seminar experience that promotes discussion and debate, giving you a voice in your own learning.

At the heart of our program in English Language and Literature is a commitment to helping you develop exceptional skills in analytical thinking and proficiency in written and spoken expression. These are the hallmarks of our graduates, preparing them for a wide range of careers including law, teaching, library and information science, marketing, and human resources.

 Designed to foster student success in both further academic pursuits and the workforce, the MA in English offers Course-Based and Thesis-Based patterns of delivery while providing students meaningful opportunities for professionalization and scholarly growth—from the “Literary Internship” to funding for Conference Travel to participation in the Departmental “Research Forum.” 

Career options:

Queen’s University Master’s students consistently demonstrate high rates of success in national awards competitions, in achieving entry into doctoral programs, and in securing employment in fields as varied as editing, publishing, teaching, law, civil service, business, NGO work, and information technologies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Professional and Pedagogical Skills
  • Research Forum
  • Medieval to 1660
  • 1600–1900
  • 1900 to present

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
More about PTE Academic

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submission method: electronically via the online application
  • Upon acceptance, one hard copy of the transcript will be requested by the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Please note that you do not need to send your Queen's transcript if you are a graduate or current student of Queen's.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • An outline of your research interests and goals with respect to the degree you are pursuing. Doctoral Statements of Intent should identify the dissertation project you intend to undertake and indicate why our Department is suited to its pursuit. 
  • Writing sample: MPhil Applicants: 8-10 pages maximum (including bibliography)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12927 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12927 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5773 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5773 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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English Language and Literature
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