McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


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School:McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:English Language and Literature, General
Description:Students with an M.A. in English or a closely related discipline may apply to the Ph.D. program. In their first year (Ph.D. 2), doctoral students are expected to complete the two halves of the compulsory proseminar: ENGL 787 (taken in the Fall term) and ENGL 788 (taken in the Winter term), along with four seminars. The proseminars expose students to current academic issues, theoretical propositions, and professional questions. Students may substitute for the two second-term seminars one extended supervised Optional Research Project. Courses must be chosen in order to make possible the identification of a major and a minor area of concentration.

In Ph.D. 3, candidates complete a Compulsory Research Project in the area of the dissertation and submit the dissertation proposal. This Compulsory Research Project, a unique feature of the McGill Ph.D., serves the purpose of a field exam and replaces comprehensive exams, allowing students to work on a publishable piece of research. The language requirement must be fulfilled before the dissertation proposal is approved.

URL:English at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,151
National: $4,151
International: $1,870

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.

Admission Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Admission to the doctoral program is highly competitive. Generally, outstanding students with the M.A. degree in hand apply to the doctoral program and are accepted into Ph.D. 2. In very rare circumstances, outstanding graduates of B.A. programs will be considered for “fast-tracking” into the doctoral program, entering at Ph.D. 1. For their first year, students follow the M.A. program (Thesis option) and, if their work is given a strong evaluation at the end of the first year, they then go on to complete the remaining requirements of the Ph.D. program.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on October 21, 2017