What will I learn?

Students may elect one of three MA options:

  • MA thesis (critical)
  • MA thesis (creative)
  • MA (course work)

The option must be declared at the point of registration. However, upon consultation with the Grad Chair, the option may be changed.

1) CRITICAL THESIS (Students will register for the thesis route): Students who choose to write a critical thesis must first complete 18 credit hours of course work. Twelve of these hours must be graduate seminars in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media at the 7000 level. The remaining 6 credit hours may be taken as ancillary course work at the 3000, 4000 or 7000 level in any department if appropriate to the student’s research program. All courses are subject to the approval of the Graduate Chair.

2) CREATIVE THESIS (Students will register for the thesis route): The creative thesis option requires the student to write original fiction, poetry, or drama in place of a critical thesis. In all other respects, the requirements are the same as in the critical thesis route. Students choosing this option should prepare a portfolio of work to submit to potential advisors and take an advanced creative writing course as part of their program (assuming the course is available), or have a strong background in creative writing.

3) COURSE WORK M.A. 24 credit hours of coursework are required. Normally, all 24 credit hours will be completed at the 7000 level or above. All courses are subject to the approval of the Graduate Chair.

The M.A. program consists of a combination of coursework and/or a research component.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$5,874.90 (US$ 4,749) per year
One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years.
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Manitoba

Fort Garry Campus,

400 UMSU University Centre,


Manitoba (MB),

R3T 2N2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements accepted: TOEFL paper based score of 550; Achieve minimum scores of 4.5 in Reading, 4.5 in Listening, and 4.0 in Writing on the CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees); Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 based upon the Academic Module on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System); Achieve a minimum score of 80 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) offered by the University of Michigan; Achieve a minimum grade of C in the University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.Achieve a score of 60 or more in the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment); Achieve a minimum of 58% in the Pearson Test of English.Achieve a minimum of 65% in Level 5 of the direct entry English program (also known as Intensive Academic English Program orIAEP), as taught by the English Language Centre of the University of Manitoba.

For international students

Students must have a Four-year Honours Bachelor's degree in English Literature, or its equivalent.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL - Achieve a minimum Internet-based -iBT (86; minimum score of 20 in each of reading, writing, listening and speaking categories)
  • IELTS - Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 in the Academic Module
  • PTE Academic - minimum 61 overall

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.