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Graduate programs

The English department offers four graduate degrees with a focus on academic innovation:

Master of Arts in Literary Studies (LIT)

This program educates students in historical and contemporary areas of British, American, Canadian, and postcolonial literatures in English.

Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)

The MA-RCD focuses on rhetoric, multimedia design and critique, discourse and text analysis, and professional writing.

Master of Arts in Experimental Digital Media (XDM)

Our newest program trains students in the critical and creative use of digital media. XDM is a lab-based program for people who wish to explore the challenges and possibilities of critical digital media.

Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature

Our unique doctoral program is one of a kind in Canada. It allows students to develop research projects that integrate literary studies with fields of study related to professional writing and communication.

English MA by co-op

At the University of Waterloo, you can complete your English Masters in any of our three programs.  This option offers Masters students the opportunity to build work skills and contacts while earning an income to help offset the costs of graduate school.

Graduate courses

As a graduate student at uWaterloo, you may choose to take any of the exciting courses on offer:

  • Shakespeare and Religion
  • Global Communications
  • What is an African American Slave Narrative?
  • New Media Genres
  • Becoming Animal
  • Sound Interaction Design
  • The Lord of the Rings: Novel, Film, Game

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Master's of Arts options

All of the Master's degree programs that we offer here in the English department can be completed through a co-op stream.