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Master of Arts (MA) in English and Film Studies




What will I learn?

Laurier’s redesigned Master of Arts (MA) in English and Film Studies offers courses and faculty expertise in English literature and global cultures, film and media studies, and professional skills. You will develop your understanding of the discipline, and improve your critical thinking and communication skills through analysis and research.

The program teaches you to apply your critical thinking and communication skills in concrete situations, through practical assignments and projects such as organizing debates and class colloquia, and through producing conference papers, chapbooks, book and film reviews, author interviews, blogs, reports and media releases. Our program also gives you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice as teaching assistants in the department and in an optional Professional Skills placement in the spring term.

Works to be studied may include: fiction, film, poetry, autobiography, drama, graphic narratives, digital and visual media, travelogues and essays.

Ideas relevant to our fields of study include gender, representation, aesthetics, narrative, adaptation, memory, identity and genre. Our faculty has a diverse range of expertise in areas such as global culture, periodical culture, music, memory, animation, gaming, youth culture, ecocriticism, human rights, media history, life writing and diaspora.


Our graduates have gone on to do doctoral work in English, women’s studies, Canadian studies and cinema and television studies in Canada, the United States and England.

Our graduates also go on to successful careers in publishing, education, government, media and entertainment, journalism, law and more. Graduates find employment in areas that require creativity, writing and oral presentation skills, and research abilities.

Examples of jobs held by our graduates include:

acquisitions editor for a university press
CBC researcher
high school teacher
public relations specialist

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,171.39 (US$ 15,658) per year
CAN $7,057.13 per term
Start date

Expected September 2023


Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,


Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Four-year (honors) bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an approved university and have a Minimum of second-class honors, or B standing, or equivalent. English language requirement: TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening); Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573, IELTS: minimum score of 7, Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60, CAEL: minimum score of 70.

For international students

A Bachelor of Arts (honours) with a major in English, or related field.
A minimum cumulative average of B+ in English courses above the first-year level.

English Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening).

Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60.

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment: minimum score of 70.


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