University of Victoria

M.A. On Campus
24 months
6499 CAD/year
5182 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The English program of University of Victoria, British Columbia helps both MA and PhD students gain advanced expertise in literary studies and achieve their research and professional goals.


The English program of University of Victoria, British Columbia offers students advanced courses in a range of literary periods and critical approaches, and their degree culminates in a research-based Master’s Essay or Project (10,000 words or equivalent). 

The programme

The MA prepares students for PhD programs and for secondary advanced credentials (e.g., Education, Library and Information Sciences, or Archival Studies). An MA in English is also good preparation for a variety of humanities careers.

The MA Program is competitive. Incoming students normally have a BA in English or a related discipline, first-class grades or Honours, and a record of academic potential. All applicants are expected to articulate research goals in their application statement and demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills in their submitted writing sample. Canadian applicants are expected to apply for SSHRC CGS-M awards.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Textual Studies and Methods of Research
  • Teaching Literature and Composition
  • Special Studies
  • Studies in Literary Theory: Area Course
  • Studies in Literary Theory: Special Topic
  • Digital Literary Studies: History and Principles

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor degree in English or related discipline
  • Online application form
  • Application fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (if you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts).
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of intent
  • A 10–15-page double-spaced typed essay demonstrating strong academic writing
  • Resume or CV
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6499 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6499 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5182 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5182 CAD per year and a duration of 24 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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

University of Victoria


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