January 15th is the deadline to apply if you wish to begin the program in September and be considered for funding. Late applications may be considered but after April 1st they will not normally be considered for fall admission.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The Department of English provides graduate training in literary studies towards M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Nearly thirty faculty supervise graduate work in a variety of areas: American, Canadian, Decolonizing, Digital Humanities, Aboriginal, Literature by Women, Theory, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration/Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Modern British, and Cultural and Media Studies.

The M.A. program offers either a thesis-based or a project-based option, requiring students to do course work and fulfil a language requirement (for the thesis option), and to complete and be examined on a thesis or a project. The Ph.D. program requires students to do course work, fulfil a language requirement, pass a Field Exam, and to propose, complete and be examined on, a dissertation. The M.A. programme is normally one to two years' work, and the Ph.D. takes a minimum of four.

Students have access to resources provided by the Humanities Research Unit, the Digital Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, and the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application, but please read through list below to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Lindsey BancoCultural Studies, Literature, United States, culture, film, nuclear, science
William BartleyUnited States, culture, fiction, film, literature
Kristina BidwellAboriginal, Metis, indigenous, literature, storytelling, writing
Len Findlay19th Century, Aboriginal, Academic Freedom, Culture, Humanities, Indigenous, critical theory, education, literature
Kevin Flynn19th Century, Canada, culture, literature, poetry
Richard Harris17th century, England, Iceland, literature, proverbs
Peter Hynes18th Century, Diderot, drama, fantasy, novel, science fiction
Kathleen James-Cavan18th Century, England, Jane Austen, disability, literature, women
Yin LiuEnglish, digital humanities, history, language, literature, medieval, technology
Marie LovrodAutobiography, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Transnational Feminisms, Trauma and Resilience
Jeanette LynesCreative writing, culture, feminist theory, gender, poetry
Ann R.C. MartinDorothy L. Sayers, England, Modernism/Modernity, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The Motor-Car, Virginia Woolf, learning
Allison Muri18th century, England, London, communications, cultural studies, digital humanities, history of science & technology, history of the book, literature, media studies, print culture, social media
Brent NelsonJohn Donne, Renaissance, book history, cabinets of curiosities, cultural history, digital, digital humanities, early modern, literature
Ella OphirBritish literature, United States, digital humanities, fiction, literature, poetry
David J. ParkinsonScotland, early modern, literature, medieval
Peter RobinsonChaucer, Dante, Digital humanities, editing
Joanne RochesterEnglish literature, Italy, Renaissance, Shakespeare
Wendy RoyAdaptations, Canadian literature, Popular culture, Sequels, Travel writing
Douglas ThorpeVictorian culture, art, history, literature, old age, sociology
Nancy Van StyvendaleIndigenous, Indigenous North American Literatures, aboriginal, community-based scholarship, discourse analysis, prison literature, trauma theory and discourses of healing
Lisa Vargo18th Century, 19th Century, Mary Shelley, fiction, hypertext, women
Ludmilla VoitkovskaCritical theory, linguistics, literature, translation
Francis ZichyCanada, United States, drama, fiction, literature, poetry

Tuition and funding


Upon admission each student is automatically considered for all forms of available funding, which may include scholarships, teaching fellowships, and various bursaries. No separate application is necessary. Most M.A. students are funded at some level during their first year of study.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) or equivalent in English (a degree with ten full-year courses or equivalent in English literature and criticism, covering a wide range of historical periods and critical approaches)
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

To qualify unconditionally for admission into the M.A., you should have the equivalent of an Honours B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan. This is a degree with ten full-year courses (or equivalent) in English literature and criticism, covering a wide range of historical periods and critical approaches. The minimum admission requirement for anyone studying under the British system is an Upper Second.

If your academic preparation is not equivalent to the University of Saskatchewan Honours B.A., you may be recommended for admission as a conditionally qualified or probationary student. If so, the Graduate Committee may require you to take one or more undergraduate courses in specific areas, and get a minimum of 70% in each. You will not be eligible for funding during the qualifying or probationary period.

To be eligible for the M.A. program, you must show an undergraduate average of at least 70% (or its equivalent), with at least 75% in English. In practice, applicants showing a minimum of 75% overall and 80% in English are given first consideration. Normally the Department of English expects higher than the minimum language requirements set by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

  • Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

For admission into the Ph.D., you must have successfully completed an M.A. (courses with thesis, or courses only) deemed equivalent to a Saskatchewan M.A., with a minimum average of 80%. Normally the Department of English expects higher than the minimum language requirements set by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

If your academic preparation is judged not equivalent to the University of Saskatchewan M.A., you may be recommended for admission to the M.A., or as a conditionally qualified Ph.D. student. In the latter case, you may have to take one or more courses in specified areas. Ph.D. applicants must indicate a proposed area of research. Acceptance depends on supervisory resources being available in that area.

Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to describe (in the covering letter) the graduate work they have done so far, and to propose a plan of study.

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to the Graduate Program Assistant listed below:

  • Statement of Intent: The statement of intent should include your choice of program, research proposal, and why you wish to study at the U of S. It provides the admissions committee invaluable information for assessing your application.
  • Writing Sample: The writing sample should be a recent essay or chapter of a thesis that demonstrates your writing and research skills.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience


Graduate Admissions
Department of English
9 Campus Drive, Arts Room 515
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Allison Muri

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner