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Graduate Studies

In the Department of English M.A. and Ph.D. students receive careful mentoring as researchers and teachers in a close-knit and colleagial atmosphere. More than thirty faculty provide graduate training in the traditional span of historical periods and national literatures with particular focus on Aboriginal and Indigenous literature and orature; Canadian literature and culture; digital humanities and textual scholarship; and health, the body, and disability studies. Students have access to resources provided by the Humanities Research Unit, the Digital Reserach Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, and Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program. The M.A. programme offers a thesis-based and a project-based option, requiring students to do course work, fulfil a langauage requirement (for the thesis option), and to complete and be examined on a thesis or a project. The Ph.D. programme 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.


All students accepted into the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are automatically considered for various funding packages. University Graduate Scholarships are valued at $15,000/year for M.A. students and at $18,000/year for Ph.D.s. Dean's Scholarships are offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, and are registering for the first time in a thesis- or dissertation-based graduate program. A Dean's Ph.D. Scholar will receive $20,000 for a one-year term, with a possible 12-month renewal year pending satisfactory academic standing. Dean's Master's Scholars will receive $18,000 in the first year of their program. Graduate Teaching, Fellowships are valued at $15,000 per year. Students are expected to apply for SSHRC Doctoral and Master's Fellowships, valued at $20,000 and $17,500 respectively. For more information about funding see Graduate Funding in the Department of English and the College of Graduate Studies and Research financial aid information.


Domestic Graduate students pay $1,103.00 per four month term (or $3,309.00 per year) for the duration of their graduate studies. International students pay $1654.50 per term or $4,963.50 per year. For more information see


Most graduate students gain teaching experience at some point in their programs, either as Graduate Teaching Fellowship holders (weekly tutorials, grading) or as tutor-advisors at the University Learning Centre. University Graduate Scholarship holders are obliged to provide up to 4 hrs/week service to the Department, which usually means a teaching assistantship of some sort.

Travel Subsidies

Graduate students are encouraged to present their work at conferences. There are several sources of funding for Grad Student Conference travel.

Office Space

All Ph.D.s get single office space. Most M.A. students in their first and second years share an office. Some student offices have internet wiring in place.

English Course Council

Graduate students in the English Department are the heart and soul of the grad program, and the ECC offers a vibrant social community for incoming students. The ECC also elects grad student representatives to serve on important department committees.

Applications & Registration

For application protocols see Department of English Applications & Registration.

For application forms see the College of Graduate Studies and Research's Application Process.

For on-line registration instructions see the College of Graduate Studies and Research's Polices and Procedures manual and U of S Registration and Access Dates.

International Students

Information for prospective students from outside Canada can be found at the U of S International Students page.

Living in Saskatoon

For information about the city see Tourism Saskatoon.

Rules, Regulations, Policies

For more detailed information about the administration of graduate programs at the University of Saskatchewan see the College of Graduate Studies and Research.


Welcome Graduates

M.A. Programme

Ph.D. Programme

Applications and Registration


Fall & Winter Seminars

Spring & Summer Seminars

Upcoming & Proposed Seminars

Graduate Supervisors

Graduate Committee

Important Timelines

Conference Travel Subsidies

Graduate Students' Council (ECC)

College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR)

Forms (CGSR)