Program Description

The Department of English and Theatre offers a one-year programme leading to the Master’s degree in English literature. Students participate in small seminar classes, work closely with a supervisor to complete a thesis that takes a fresh approach to a literary subject or a suitable editing project, and where possible are offered the opportunity to gain teaching experience. The Department welcomes a wide variety of scholarly and critical approaches, and its distinguished faculty have expertise in a broad range of literature in English.

MA candidates must complete the following requirements:
• 4 single-term courses (12 credit hours)
• ENGL 5060 Scholarly Methods (non-credit)
• ENGL 5960 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Early in the Fall term, students submit to the Graduate Committee thesis proposals developed in consultation with departmental supervisors. Once the proposals have been approved, students begin the research and writing process in earnest, again under the guidance of their supervisors. Please note that the Graduate Committee has set firm dates for the submission of proposals and thesis drafts in order to ensure that students are able to complete the programme within one academic year. Upon completion, each thesis is read first by an Internal Examiner from Acadia’s Department of English, then by an External Examiner from another university, and is then defended by the candidate at an oral defence arranged by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

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