The degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in English.
Students for the M.A. in English may complete the program as either part-time or full-time students. Students for the Ph.D. in English must be in attendance as full-time students for at least three semesters of the program.
Admission to the M.A. in English is limited and competitive. Applicants should have an Honours B.A. in English (or the equivalent, 60 credit hours in English with an appropriate range of courses) and a strong academic record.
Strong students who have come close to achieving Honours equivalency may be admitted on the condition that they complete such undergraduate courses as the Department may deem necessary, in addition to the required graduate courses.
Students who have not completed English 4900 or an equivalent course will be required to complete English 5900 which will not count as one of the required courses for the M.A. The course will be graded 'pass' or 'fail'. As in other graduate courses a grade of 65 or above is considered a pass.
Students completing the M.A. with thesis will complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in graduate courses, which will normally include English 7003 and a thesis. The thesis may be a creative work.
Students must submit a thesis proposal which includes a statement of topic, a working title, a plan of research, and a preliminary bibliography. The proposal should be approved by the Supervisor or Supervisors and submitted to the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee for its approval by the end of the student’s third semester. The Departmental Graduate Studies Committee shall return the thesis proposal to the student no later than one month after receiving it.
Full-time students who choose the thesis option will usually complete their degree in two years.
Students completing the M.A. without thesis will complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate courses, which will normally include English 7003.
Full-time students who choose the non-thesis option will usually complete their degree in one year.
A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.
Since it is impossible to list in detail the many topics that may from time to time be offered, the titles below refer only to the major periods and general subject areas in which specific courses may be available. The content and approach in specific courses will vary according to the research interests of students and faculty involved in the course. Students should consult the Department's annual Graduate Student Guide (or the Graduate Co-ordinator) for detailed descriptions of specific course offerings. Normally, no fewer than ten graduate courses are offered in any given academic year.
English 5900 cannot be counted as one of the required graduate courses in any program.
All students will normally take English 7003 - Trends in Contemporary Literary Theory, usually in their first semester.
Students who took graduate courses in English at Memorial University of Newfoundland before 1997 should consult with the Department before selecting further courses.
- 602F Foundation English for Graduate Students
- 6999 Master's Essay (for non-thesis students)
- 7003 Trends in Contemporary Critical Theory
- 7099 Masters Internship
- 7100-7149 Author Studies
- 7150-7199 Book Histories
- 7200-7249 Creative Writings
- 7250-7299 Critical Theories
- 7300-7349 Cultural Studies
- 7350-7399 Genre Studies
- 7400-7449 Global Literatures
- 7450-7499 Indigenous Voices
- 7500-7549 Literary Movements
- 7550-7599 National Literatures
- 7600-7649 Period Studies
- 7650-7699 Regional Literatures
- 7700-7749 Special Topics
- 7750-7799 Visual Narratives