|Department/School||English Language and Literature|
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
Fall (September - December)
|Application and document submission deadline(s)||
February 1 (for admission in September)
|Program type||Doctoral, Research|
|Length of program||48 months (full-time)|
|Registration option(s)||Full-time, Part-time|
Research fields - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student's research concentration
Experimental Digital Media
Literary Theory and Discourse Analysis
What does it take to get in?
Minimum admission requirements
- Students may be admitted to the PhD program upon completion of an MA program in English. Although candidates normally enter PhD studies from Master's programs, it is possible for outstanding candidates to enter directly from an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA). Because enrolment in the program is limited, only candidates with an 85% average and up will be considered. Applicants should also complete a Plan of Study detailing plans for their PhD studies and describing their goals once their studies are completed.
- Review the finding a supervisor resources
- Supplementary information form (SIF)
- The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
- If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
- Three academic references are required
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
- TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)
How much will it cost?
- Use the student budget calculator to estimate your cost and resources
- Visit the graduate program tuition page on the Finance website to determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program
- Review the study and living costs
- Review the funding graduate school resources for graduate students
What can you expect at Waterloo?
- Review the degree requirements in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
- Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
- Check out Waterloo's institutional thesis repository - UWspace to see recent submissions from the department of English Language and Literature graduate students
- Check out the Waterloo campus and city tours
- Review the Department of English Language and Literature website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events