Master of Arts in English (MA)

Overview

The UBC English Graduate Program, one of the most vibrant and wide-ranging in Canada, has been awarding the M.A. degree since 1919. Students may earn the degree in each of two areas: English Literature and English Language. Indeed, the UBC English Department is one of the few departments in North America to offer a language program in addition to its literary programs.

English Language

The English Language program includes specializations in history and structure of language, discourse and genre analysis, and history and theory of rhetoric. Faculty members in the Language program teach and supervise research in descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, functional grammar, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, stylistics, genre studies, and history and theory of rhetoric. Students in the English Literature program can take advantage of Language graduate courses; recent offerings include courses on reported speech and its rhetorical versatility across genres; the uses of classical rhetoric for contemporary critical practice; and cognitive approaches to the language of literature. By the same token, Language students can take advantage of the wide variety of Literature courses our department offers.

English Literature

The English Literature program includes specializations across the periods, genres, and major figures of British, North American and World Literature in English. Current research initiatives on the part of faculty include such diverse topics as the ecocritical study of Renaissance drama; the triumph of transport in Romantic poetry; the impact of radio and television on modernist poetics; the politics of post-identity in Asian American literature, and the role of war and its traumatic shocks in twentieth-century Canadian, U.S. and British literature. Graduate students can also choose to work across disciplinary fields, taking advantage of UBC's outstanding interdisciplinary programs in Medieval Studies, Canadian and U.S. Studies, Studies in Sexuality, and Science and Technology Studies, among others.

The M.A can be completed with or without thesis, in one or two years, and in full- or part-time programs.

What makes the program unique?

The department is unique in Canada by offering two tiers of programs in English Literature and English Language and Linguistics at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We teach courses in all of the literary historical periods (Medieval, Early Modern, Eighteenth Century, Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, Postmodern, and Contemporary), national, transnational, postcolonial, transpacific, and Indigenous literatures in English, as well as language, linguistics, rhetoric, critical theory, media studies, and a range of interdisciplinary topics.

As reflected in their field-leading research and publications, our department members are among the most productive in Canada. Our diverse expertise is well reflected in books published in 2012 and 2013 alone. We also work on collaborative research projects across the world, many funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and other significant funding bodies, on topics such as ecology and literature, English linguistics, rhetoric and science, musical-textual improvisation, and narratives of migration. Many of our faculty are currently engaged in projects devoted to new and digital media and are pioneering their intersection with both established and emerging modes of humanities research.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Arts
Subject
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
English
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Arts

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

104
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20172016201520142013
Applications898964103102
Offers2419202727
New registrations2017182218
Total enrolment5251545249

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 89.16% based on 83 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 59 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 1.33 years and the maximum time is 5.33 years with an average of 2.25 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Kesler, Roland Lincoln (First nations)
  • Kreisel, Deanna (Victorian literature, 19th-century British literature, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, feminist theory, Victorian literature and culture)
  • Kroller, Eva-Marie (Canadian literature, comparative literature, travel writing, cultural semiotics (for example, the new Canadian embassy in Berlin) )
  • Lee, Christopher (Asian North American literatures and cultures, Asian diaspora studies, American Studies, race and ethnicity, aesthetic philosophy, critical theory)
  • MacKenzie, Scott (Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Artistic and Cultural Heritage, Artistic and Literary Analysis Models, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Eighteenth Century British Literature, British Romantic Literature, Prose Fiction, Poetry, Scotland, Jane Austen, Walter Scott, James Hogg, Laurence Sterne, Henry Fielding, Ann Radcliffe, Gothic, Picturesque, Aesthetics, Home/Domesticity, Poverty, Scarcity, Ecologies, Political Economy, Edmund Burke, Animal Studies, Literary Theory)
  • Mackie, Gregory (Victorian Literature, drama, and book history)
  • McNeilly, Kevin (Literary theory, music history)
  • Moss, Laura (Public poetry, public policy, strategic nationalism)
  • Mota, Miguel (Post-1945 British literature, print culture)
  • Nadel, Ira Bruce (Biography, the Victorians and such Modernists as Joyce, Pound and Beckett )
  • Nardizzi, Vincent (Renaissance literature , ecotheory, queer and disability studies)
  • Paltin, Judith (Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Modernism, Cultural Theory, Gender and Sexuality)
  • Partridge, Stephen (Middle Ages )
  • Rouse, Robert (medieval, crusades, Chaucer, middle ages, monsters, medieval islam, medieval maps, medieval sexuality, spatial theory, historical racism, medieval law, arthurian literature, , Medieval romance, English national identity)
  • Rymhs, Deena (First Nations and Indigenous (Aboriginal) literature, First Nations issues, gender and First Nations cultures, violence against Aboriginal women, prison writing in Canada., Indigenous writing and art, Canadian literature and criticism, spatial theory, mobility and gender)
  • Segal, Judy (Public discourse and personal experience(health and illness))
  • Severs, Jeffrey (postmodern and contemporary U.S. fiction; Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, and John Edgar Wideman; )
  • Tomc, Sandra (Nineteenth-century US literature, twentieth- century US entertainment and film, gothic literature and film, screenwriting, affect and psychoanalytic theory, fear and horror, film and image theory)
  • Vessey, Mark (classical/Christian literary culture in late antiquity; European Renaissance; church fathers (i.e. Augustine, Jerome); Erasmus; bible and book history, Biblical and classical traditions, very early Latin middle ages, intellectual history, 16th century English literature, history of books)
  • Weir, Lorraine (Indegenous studies )
  • Zeitlin, Michael (American literature, twentieth century and contemporary, Faulkner, Psychoanalysis, Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan)

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Program Identifier

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 February 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
04 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
04 January 2019

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