Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies


Master of Arts (MA)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Leanne Trask (leanne.trask@uwo.ca)
Graduate Affairs Assistant

Department of English

Western University
Arts & Humanities Building Rm 2G02
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85793
f. 519-661-3776

The Department's graduate program ranks as one of the strongest and most diversified graduate programs in Canada. Its central attraction is the Department's distinguished faculty and its considerable accomplishments in all areas of criticism and scholarship. The faculty's range of expertise provides the advantages of traditional scholarship and an array of historical approaches to the major literary periods and genres, as well as diverse theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives that include discourse analysis, cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist and gender studies, gay studies and theories of masculinity, ecological criticism, film, hypertext, theories of race, and the intersection between literature and the discourses of science, medicine, music, art, and law.

Times to Completion

  • 3 Terms (1 year)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based, course-based or project-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Honours B.A. in English or in English combined with another subject.
  • Achieved at least an A minus average in the Honours English courses of their B.A. program.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15

Fields of Research

  • American Literature; Canadian Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • English Drama to the Restoration
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Old and Middle English Language and Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Textual Studies (may only be chosen as a secondary field)
  • Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • Women’s Literature and Gender Studies