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.

The Graduate Program in English at York University is pleased to offer Canada’s first Graduate Diploma in World Literature.

MA

Offered

Full-time and part-time available

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Major research paper AND
  • Thesis OR
  • Course work only
Average Program Length (Full-time)

1 year(s)

Language Requirements
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)

600

Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

IELTS (Academic Module)

7.5

York English Language Test (YELT)

Band 1

YUELI

Level 6 with Distinction

MELAB

Overall score of 85, no component score less than 80

CAEL

Overall score of 70, no component score less than 60

Minimum CPE Score

C

Minimum CAE Score

B

Number of Recommendations Required
3
Other Requirement(s)
  • 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.
Application Deadline(s)
January 27, 2016 (Fall Entry)
We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile -- supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

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.
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

PhD

Offered

Full-time and part-time available

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Qualifying examination(s) AND
  • Dissertation
Average Program Length (Full-time)

6 year(s)

Language Requirements
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)

600

Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

IELTS (Academic Module)

7.5

York English Language Test (YELT)

Band 1

YUELI

Level 6 with Distinction

MELAB

Overall score of 85, no component score less than 80

CAEL

Overall score of 70, no component score less than 60

Minimum CPE Score

C

Minimum CAE Score

B

Number of Recommendations Required
3
Other Requirement(s)
  • 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.
Application Deadline(s)
January 27, 2016 (Fall Entry)
We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile -- supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

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.
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