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International :12 Dec 

MA English

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20530 CAD
20530 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Department of English
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GMAT (avg)673

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About this course

One of the strongest and most diversified graduate English programs in North America, the University of Toronto’s Graduate English Department presents a wide array of approaches to the study of literature that includes both rigorous historical scholarship and the innovations of new theoretical, cultural, and interdisciplinary methods.

This rich variety is exemplified in the more than 40 graduate seminars offered every year and in the interdisciplinary conjunctions with other departments and collaborative programs. The Master of Arts  program offers a broad background in British, Canadian, Aboriginal, American, and Postcolonial literatures, a sophisticated command of current theoretical approaches, and exceptional support for significant research projects. 

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

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Course Modules

For entry into the M.A. program, we require an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a minimum of seven full (1) year courses (or equivalent) in English literature, an overall average of B+, and evidence of first-class (A) work in English. It should be noted that admission to the program is highly selective: these are minimum requirements only. In considering applications, the Department favours a broad training in the major genres and periods of English literature.

The M.A. program usually requires twelve months to complete. Candidates normally take the degree by course work only and are required to complete the equivalent of 3.0 full courses in English plus the 1.0 full course Critical Topographies: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Literary Studies in English (note that MA CRW students are not required to take this course).  A minimum of a B- standing must be attained in each course.

M.A. students hoping to proceed to the Ph.D. program may wish to choose some of their courses with the Ph.D. requirements in mind.

M.A. students may take up to 1.0 FCE of coursework outside of the Graduate Program in English, with the approval of the M.A. Associate Director.
Courses that are cross-listed by English from other departments are equivalent to English courses and may be taken without special permission from the Department.


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How to Apply


  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Two Reference letters
  • Official Transcripts (from each post-secondary institution attended)
  • Curriculum Vitae (Phd Program only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores if applicable (IELTS, TOFEL) - paper copy submitted to the department only if the testing agency did not send directly to the University

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