Application Info

Deadline: Our application deadline is January 7th.

Tips for Applying to the Graduate Program in English (PDF document)

Application Materials

Web-based applications should be submitted electronically to FGSR. Please send supporting documents (transcripts, letters, etc.) to Graduate Program Administrator, University of Alberta, Department of English, 3-5 Humanities Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E5.


  • a web-based Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research application (Available October 1)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (forms included with web-based application)
  • 1 official copy of all transcripts
  • a curriculum vitae (form included with web-based application)
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency. International applicants who are not exempt (see www.gradstudies.ualberta.ca/applyadmission/elp.htm) need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exam scores:
    TOEFL: minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or a total score of 100 with a score of at least 22 in each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) Please note that the University of Alberta does not accept computer-based TOEFL results.
    IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 6.5 on each band.
  • Statement of Program: 350 - 500 words for MA applicants, 1000 - 1250 words for PhD applicants. This statement should describe your previous university studies in English and your research interests for this university. The Statement of Program should state what you hope to accomplish during the program, including a detailed description of the project you wish to undertake if applying to the  thesis-based MA or the PhD. The most effective statements provide context for the work, demonstrate a clear, focused approach, and explain how your research will advance the discipline. This is your chance to tell us about yourself and your work; the Statement of Program weighs as heavily in our assessment of your application as do your grades and your referees' comments.


We welcome applicants with interests in English literature and culture (including language) of all periods and geographical areas and from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. We do not, however, offer a graduate degree or instruction in spoken English, translation, or teaching English as a second language. We currently do not offer graduate degrees in Film Studies, though it is possible to make the study of film part of your graduate coursework toward an English MA or PhD.

A limited number of places in the graduate program is available each year, and admission is competitive: we admit roughly one in three applicants.