The English and Film Studies (EFS) Department offers graduate programs in English language, literature, and society that lead to Master of Arts and Ph.d. degree degrees.
English and Film Studies research encompasses a diverse range of scholarly endeavors devoted to the comprehension, explanation, and development of literary texts in their broadest sense. Researchers at the departments of English and Film Studies do groundbreaking research in four areas: literature history, print culture, critical and cultural theory, and cinematic cultures.
The University’s libraries house almost 9,000,000 volumes, placing them second in Canada and among the top twenty in North America. They also subscribe to over 100,000 electronic journals and 1100 databases. The Special Collections has about 100,000 rare books and important archival materials.
ABA in English (or equivalent) from the University of Alberta, with a minimal GPA of 3.3 in English courses and an admission GPA of at minimum 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or an equivalent degree and ranking from a recognized school, are the minimum admission criteria for the MA program. The latest 60 hours of graded coursework completed, or the equivalent of two years of full-time marked coursework will be used to compute the admission GPA. The two GPA criteria are used by the graduation committee in its decision-making process.
The following required courses must be completed before applying to the MA program:
- at least 54 in English courses,
- at least 27 in a variety of courses covering the major historical durations [Old and Middle English, Early Modern, Restoration, and Eighteenth-Century literature and culture, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century literature and culture] as well as Canadian, American, Indigenous, and postcolonial literature and culture, and
- some grounding in literary and cultural theory.
The Department’s minimum admission requirements for the Ph.D. program are an MA in English (or its equivalent) from the University of Alberta, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in English courses and an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or an equivalent degree and standing from a recognized institution. The latest 60 hours of graded coursework completed, or the equivalent of two years of full-time graded coursework will be used to compute the admission GPA. The two GPA criteria are used by the graduation committee in its decision-making process.
If applicable, candidates must meet the minimum English Language requirements.
All applicants to submit the following documents:
- Academic transcripts in their entirety three referees’ names and contact details
- a curriculum vitae
- a Declaration of Program
- consult the Department’s website for further information.
Requirements for Graduate Programs
Courses for Graduate Students
Graduate courses are listed under the topic category English in the Course Listings (ENGL).