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Department of English


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Allison Muri

Graduate Secretary: Nadine Penner

Phone: (306) 966-5797

Department of English
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A5


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, Aboriginal, Literature by Women, Theory, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration/Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Modern British, and , and Cultural and Media Studies.

The M.A. program offers a thesis-based and a project-based option, requiring students to do course work, fulfill 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, fulfill a language requirement, pass a Field Exam, and to propose, complete and be examined on, a dissertation. The M.A. program is normally one to two years' work, and the Ph.D. takes a minimum of four. On average we offer 8-10 one-term graduate seminars and 2-3 two-term graduate seminars each year.


Students wishing to receive funding will be admitted for September. To be considered for funding, an application should be received by January 15. Applications received after 1 April will not normally be considered for admission that fall.


Upon admission each student is automatically considered for all forms of available funding. No separate application is necessary.

Regular M.A. funding (with the exception of those holding a Dean’s Scholarship) is limited to one year. Ph.D. students continue to be eligible for major awards in their second, third, and fourth years. New students are evaluated for academic standing and promise as indicated in the application file; continuing students are also evaluated for standing and progress in the program.

University Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available for a maximum of 24 months of total support for each M.A. student and 36 months for each Ph.D.; a scholarship and a fellowship may not be held concurrently.

Departmental Teaching Assistantship

Teaching assistants are responsible for conducting undergraduate tutorials and/or for grading essays. Current rate of pay is $15.51 per hour.


A graduate degree in English is a gateway to a wide variety of potential careers, including, but not limited to: University instruction/research; high school teaching; teaching English as a Second Language (in Canada and around the world); journalism/communications; editing; freelance writing for newspapers and magazines; authoring; instructional design; literary criticism; civil service; higher level administrative work; law; ...and many other careers that require an analytical mind, an attention to detail, and strong writing ability.

M.A. +

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) or equivalent,
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study. In practice, applicants showing a minimum of 75% overall and 80% in English are given first consideration. 

Ph.D. +

  • Completion of a Master of Arts (M.A.), either thesis or course based, with a minimum average of 80%. 
  • 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.