Applicants for admission should hold a BA Honours degree in English or equivalent.

Applicants may be required to submit a TOEFL score. The minimum score required by the Department is 630 (paper-based) or 93 (internet based). For an IBT, a minimum score of 22 in each of the 4 categories (reading skills, speaking skills, listening skills and writing skills) is required. We also accept an overall IELTS of 6.5 or higher (with no subtest score below 6.0). The English language requirement MUST be met at the time of application.
Candidates must have at least a 3.67 GPA for admission with scholarship. To determine whether your GPA meets this minimum requirement, please go to

Qualifying Year
All students interested in pursuing an MA in English at Acadia should officially apply. When a student does not meet the minimum graduate admission requirements, a qualifying year may be proposed. The purpose of a qualifying year is to ensure a student is prepared to complete the MA in English at Acadia. The basis of a qualifying year will be determined from the material submitted in the application and through further conversations with the applicant as needed. A qualifying year may be taken to fill in gaps in the student’s academic background, including the breadth of courses taken in English at the undergraduate level (time period, genre, and theoretical approach should be considered) and the student’s experience writing research essays and delivering seminar presentations (level of courses should be considered). Students must reapply to the MA program to be admitted.

We offer a limited number of entrance Acadia Graduate Awards valued at $9,450 to qualifying students. To be considered for this funding, you need to apply for admission to the MA program no later than February 1st. In addition, the English Department offers four other fellowships and scholarships to complement the Graduate Award.

Application process
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For a complete list of supporting documents, see

The documents to be submitted include a critical writing sample of approximately ten pages, a resume/CV, and two academic reference letters. Applicants should also submit a detailed statement of research interests of about 500 words to indicate the type of research they intend to pursue at Acadia University. The purpose of the statement is to identify the intended focus of study, the media and/or genres involved, the authors of choice, and the approach.

Program costs
For a list of the current fees, please see

Department of English
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