English

We are proud of our reputation for adventurous, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to literature.

For us, it is axiomatic that reading be informed by theory, history and criticism, and our faculty and courses represent a comprehensive range of theoretical, historical and critical approaches to literature across the historical sweep of English-language literatures in all genres from their very beginnings to today’s global spectrum of voices and expressive forms.

Our tradition has always been to challenge the idea of tradition itself, to seek out the limits of established ideas and to attend to new ones.

Study with prize-winning graduate faculty in American, British, Canadian and Postcolonial Literatures. Study in depth in such fields as Medieval and Renaissance, 18th-century and Romantics, Victorianism and Modernism, Contemporary Literature, Diaspora literature and various types of theory.

Degrees Offered
Degrees Offered
Full Time
Part Time
Average Length of Program (full-time study)
MA
1 year
PhD
6 years
Application Deadline
Fall: 
January 14
Minimum Admission Requirements*

Language Proficiency

CAEL

Overall Score of: 
70 with no component score less than 60

CAE

Minimum Score of: 
B

CPE

Minimum score of: 
C

IELTS

Overall Band Score: 
7.5

TOEFL

iBT: 
100

MELAB

Overall score of: 
85 with no component score less than 80

YELT

Band: 
1

YUELI

Level: 
6 with Distinction
3
  • Statement of interest (500 words)
  • Sample of scholarly writing (max. 3,750 words)

* Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Glossary of Terms

Graduate Application Address

Completed Application Package means:

  1. Use York University's graduate studies online application.
  2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile.  All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package. (Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.) See checklist (PDF).

Mail or Courier Completed Application Package to:

Mail
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
CANADA M3J 1P3

Courier
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
CANADA M3J 1P3