The majority of graduate programs are NOT impacted by recent government announcements about tuition increases.

PhD students from the rest of Canada will continue to pay Quebec fees.
International PhD fees will see the same 3% increase as Quebec fees.

English (M.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) English (Thesis) offered by the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive program that emphasizes engaging and disciplined learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical reading, the communication of complex ideas, and reflection to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

Keywords: Literary Studies and Theory, Cultural Studies, Drama and Theater, Literary History, Gender Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Victorian Studies, Modernism and the Twentieth Century, Decolonization and Contemporary Cultures, Digital Humanities.

Unique Program Features

  • All qualified applicants are considered for financial support;
  • Unlike many other master's programs in English, our program culminates in a major piece of independent research, either a thesis or research paper, which is carried out under the supervision of a faculty member;
  • The thesis-based option can be completed in three academic terms (one year);
  • The program brings together three different (though related) areas of study: Literature, Drama and Theater, and Cultural Studies;
  • Faculty members are affiliated with collaborative research projects in the Burney Centre, the McGill Medievalists, the Bibliographic Society of Canada, and research teams on Shakespeare and Performance, Early Modern Conversions, Interacting with Print, Eating in Canada, and Novelists on the Novel.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MA in English website

Department Contact

Graduate Program gradstudies.englishlit [at] (subject: MA%20in%20English%20(Thesis)) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

INTAKE Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 January 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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