In the Department of English, M.A. and Ph.D. students receive mentoring as researchers and teachers in a close-knit and collegial 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 Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, and the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program.
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.
The Department of English cultivates innovative interdisciplinary research, with concentrations in Indigenous Literature, Digital Studies, Modernist Studies, Canadian Literature, and Cultural Studies. Our students have benefited from the opportuntiy to work as Research Assistants on a diverse range of research projects in these concentrations, including:
- Connecting Aboriginal Literatures and Community Service-Learning (Nancy Van Styvendale, Indigenous Studies)
- Aboriginal Writing in Community Context: The Dissemination of a New Edition of Lydia Campbell's Sketches of Labrador Life by a Labrador Woman (Kristina Bidwell, Indigenous Studies)
- the Medieval Codes Project (Yin Liu, Digital Studies)
- the Canterbury Tales Project and the Textual Communities Project (Peter Robinson, Digital Studies)
- the Culture of Curiosity in England and Scotland, 1580-1700 (Brent Nelson, Digital Studies)
- the Grub Street Project (Allison Muri, Digital Studies)
- the Note Books of a Woman Alone (Ella Ophir, Modernist Studies)
- Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf (Ann Martin, Modernist Studies)
- Popular Culture and Repetition in Early Twentieth-Century Canadian Women's Sequel Fiction (Wendy Roy, Canadian Literature)
Students also benefit from other research opportunities with the the Humanities Research Unit led by Len Findlay and the Digital Research Centre, which supports a number of digital projects including the Modelling and Prototyping Team led by Jon Bath of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project.
See also our Graduate Supervisors page for a full list of faculty who can supervise M.A. or Ph.D. projects in a range of specializations.
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 $1,243 per four-month term (or $3,729 per year) for the duration of their graduate studies. International students pay $1,864 per term or $5,593 per year. For more information see the university's Graduate Tuition Rates.
Most graduate students gain teaching experience at some point in their programs, either as Graduate Teaching Fellows (weekly tutorials, grading) or as tutor-advisors at the University Learning Centre. University Graduate Scholarship holders are obliged to provide up to 4 hours per week service to the Department, which may mean a teaching assistantship.
Graduate students are encouraged to present their work at conferences. There are several sources of funding for Grad Student Conference travel.
English Course Council
The ECC offers a vibrant social community for graduate students in the English Department. 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.
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 website and, especially important, CGSR Graduate Studies & Research Policies.