Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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Master’s Program

 

Offered by Queen’s since 1929, the MA in English is a model of academic rigor recognized by doctoral programs across the country and around the globe. Designed to foster student success in both further academic pursuits and the workforce, the MA in English offers Course-Based and Thesis-Based patterns of delivery while providing students meaningful opportunities for professionalization and scholarly growth—from the “Literary Internship” to funding for Conference Travel to participation in the Departmental “Research Forum.”

Our Master’s students consistently demonstrate high rates of success in national awards competitions, in achieving entry into doctoral programs, and in securing employment in fields as varied as editing, publishing, teaching, law, civil service, business, NGO work, and information technologies.

 

Convocation Fall 2013

Recent Master's Graduates (front row: Jeremy Gardiner and Lindsay Young; back row: Shalom Cumbo-Steinmetz,Tara Forbes, Adam Cotton, and Rebecca Norris)

 

The Course-Based Master’s

The Course-Based Master’s is a 12-month program.

This pattern is the recommended standard for an MA in English and is welcomed by doctoral programs in Canada and abroad for the breadth of study it encourages.

Students enrolled in the Course-Based Master's are required to take 27 units of the following graduate courses:

  • ENGL 800 (3.0 units) Introduction to Professional and Pedagogical Skills in the fall term
  • ENGL 803 (6.0 units) Research Forum in the fall and winter term
  • 2 courses (3.0 units each) in the fall term
  • 3 courses (3.0 units each) in the winter term
  • 1 course (3.0 units) in the spring term

All graduate students must select one course from each of the three periods:

  • Course Group 1: medieval to 1660
  • Course Group 2: 1600–1900
  • Course Group 3: 1900 to present

One of the courses may be taken outside the department.

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Thesis Master’s

The Thesis Master’s is a 12-month program.

This pattern is recommended only for those students who have conceived of a significant and viable thesis project at the time of application. We require that MA applicants considering this pattern contact and secure the participation of a potential supervisor before applying.

Students enrolled in the Thesis Master's are required to take 18 units of the following graduate courses:

  • ENGL 800 (3.0 units) Introduction to Professional and Pedagogical Skills in the fall term
  • ENGL 803 (6.0 units) Research Forum in the fall and winter term
  • 2 courses (3.0 units each) in the fall term
  • 1 course (3.0 units) in the winter term

All graduate students must select one course from each of the three periods:

  • Course Group 1: medieval to 1660
  • Course Group 2: 1600–1900
  • Course Group 3: 1900 to present

One of the courses may be taken outside the department.

MA Thesis

An MA thesis is about 15 000 words in length and should be finished and defended before a committee within the year.

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Literary Internship

The literary internship provides students with work experience that is directly related to literary studies. MA students have the opportunity of applying for one of our literary internships with such organizations as Kingston WritersFest, the Strathy Language Unit, or McGill-Queen’s University Press. Students apply directly to the Graduate Chair upon admission to the graduate program.

I found the entire internship experience to be extremely rewarding. I was happy to be conducting research, and grateful to have been assigned a subject I had a real interest in. The environment of my internship was always happy and encouraging… Seeing how the work I did is actually serving McGill-Queen’s University Press in the next stage of developing one of its series is perhaps the most rewarding part of an all-around wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend continuing this program, and am very glad to have been a participant!

(Elizabeth Heinricks, MA 2015—Literary Internship with McGill-Queen’s University Press)

 

The internship was a really amazing experience. It gave me the opportunity to support literacy skills as well as to adapt literature in a new and creative way. I am passionate about creative interaction with literary works and about increasing accessibility to classic texts, so I could not have come up with a placement that would better suit my interests. It served as a good reminder that I want to be doing similar work in the future, and it was encouraging to see that there are markets for my passions.

(Tara Hilman, MA 2015—Literary Internship with Kingston Literacy and Skills)

MA Admission Requirements
  • Honours BA with minimum average of B+ (77-79%, 3.3/4.3 GPA)
  • Cumulative minimum average of A- (80%, 3.7/4.3 GPA) in 10 full-year English Literature courses (or equivalent)