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English Language and Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #239 (QS) Kingston, Canada
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 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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  • Minimum required score:


    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. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: A-

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    14899 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14899 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    9428 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Kingston

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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