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Graduate Degree

Program Components Duration
MA in English Thesis 16 - 24 months
MA in English Coursework 12 months

UBC Okanagan’s Master of Arts (MA) degree in English provides students with the theoretical and practical tools necessary for advanced study in literature and culture. 

Graduates will be prepared for PhD research and a variety of professions that value strong communication skills and a facility in writing and textual analysis—such as education, law, public administration, journalism, professional writing and editing, publishing, consulting, digital content creation, technical writing, and marketing.

The MA involves coursework and independent publishable research driven by student interests and supported by attentive supervision. Our mission is to train students to be successful scholars, who are capable of contributing important literary and cultural knowledge, both within our field and the culture at large.

To complete the thesis option MA in English, students are required to take 30 credits:

  • 18 credits attained through coursework: English 501, English 502, English 503, and three additional courses normally chosen from the English 520 series (details below;
  • 12 credits achieved by completing the thesis (English 599). On February 21 of the second semester, you will submit a Thesis Proposal of 2,500 words with a four-page bibliography to the Graduate Programs and Planning Committee; it is developed in consultation with your supervisor. The thesis ranges from 15,000 to 20,000 words and requires an oral defense administered by the College of Graduate Studies.
  • It is possible to complete the program in 12 months, but most students remain for two years.

Students are required to take core courses that are taught every year as well as courses chosen from the English 520 series.

English 501 Critical Theory: This course introduces students to the discourses of Critical Theory that address literature and culture. Exploring the interdisciplinary roots of Critical Theory in philosophy, linguistics, aesthetics, political science, cultural studies, feminism, and history, this course examines the ways in which knowledge is something that is produced rather than a pre-given entity to be found or “discovered.” 

English 502 Cultural Theory: This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the field of cultural studies and the heterogeneous body of cultural and social texts, objects, and events from the past and present that it critically analyzes. 

English 503 Professionalization Seminar: The Practices of the Profession: This team-taught course will involve modules on a variety of topics related to professional and academic development. Students will learn research methods, how to conduct archival research, participate in a marking practicum and discussions regarding pedagogies pertaining to their duties as Teaching Assistants. Students will learn proposal-writing skills that will assist in the creation of applications to granting agencies or future professional/degree programs. Pass/Fail.

The following courses will be taught based on faculty research interests and expertise. They will be offered on the basis of faculty rotation. We will offer at least four per year and content will change annually.All courses will align with the following rubric.

ENGL 521: Topics in Historical Periods and Movements

ENGL 522: Topics in Genre Studies

ENGL 523: Topics in National/International Literatures and Culture

ENGL 524: Individual Author Studies

ENGL 525: Studies in Diversity and Identity

To complete the coursework option MA in English, students are required to take 30 credits:

  • 21 credits attained through coursework: English 501, English 502, English 503, and four additional courses normally chosen from the English 520 series (details below);
  • 9 credits achieved by completing English 590, the Independent Research Paper (IRP). On February 21 of the second semester, you will submit an IRP Proposal of 1,500 words with a three-page bibliography to the Graduate Programs and Planning Committee (GPPC; it is developed in consultation with your supervisor. The IRP ranges from 7,500 to 10,000 words.
  • Most students complete the coursework MA English in 12 months.

Students are required to take core courses that are taught every year as well as courses chosen from the English 520 series.

English 501 Critical Theory: This course introduces students to the discourses of Critical Theory that address literature and culture. Exploring the interdisciplinary roots of Critical Theory in philosophy, linguistics, aesthetics, political science, cultural studies, feminism, and history, this course examines the ways in which knowledge is something that is produced rather than a pre-given entity to be found or “discovered.” 

English 502 Cultural Theory: This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the field of cultural studies and the heterogeneous body of cultural and social texts, objects, and events from the past and present that it critically analyzes. 

English 503 Professionalization Seminar: The Practices of the Profession: This team-taught course will involve modules on a variety of topics related to professional and academic development. Students will learn research methods, how to conduct archival research, participate in a marking practicum and discussions regarding pedagogies pertaining to their duties as Teaching Assistants. Students will learn proposal-writing skills that will assist in the creation of applications to granting agencies or future professional/degree programs. Pass/Fail.

The following courses will be taught based on faculty research interests and expertise. They will be offered on the basis of faculty rotation. We will offer at least four per year and content will change annually.All courses will align with the following rubric.

ENGL 521: Topics in Historical Periods and Movements

ENGL 522: Topics in Genre Studies

ENGL 523: Topics in National/International Literatures and Culture

ENGL 524: Individual Author Studies

ENGL 525: Studies in Diversity and Identity


Research & Supervisors

The MA degree draws on the expertise of faculty members with national and international publications in every period of English literature from medieval to postmodern.

Our research focus areas include:

  • 16th and 17th Century Literature
  • 18th and 19th Century Literature
  • Aesthetics
  • African Literature
  • American and African-American Literature
  • Autobiography
  • British Literature
  • Canadian Literature
  • Critical and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Children's Literary Cultures
  • Diaspora
  • Ecocriticism
  • Ethics
  • Feminist and Queer Theory
  • Film and Media Studies
  • The Gothic
  • History of the Novel
  • Indigenous Literature and Theory
  • Liturature and Medicine
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Modernism
  • Music and Culture
  • Peace and War Studies
  • Postcolonial and Decolonization
  • Reconsiliation
  • Social Activism
  • South Asian Literature

The success of UBC Okanagan’s MA in English program depends on exceptional students.

Please touch base with a faculty supervisor before you start the application process. We look forward to hearing about your research interests and career goals.

 
Anderson Araujo | 250.807.9589 | anderson.araujo@ubc.ca
Research interests: Transnational modernism; First World War poetry, 20th-century British and Irish literature; modernism and transatlantic modernism; peace and war studies; aesthetics.
Martin Blum | 250.807.9362 | martin.blum@ubc.ca
Research interests: Medieval and Renaissance studies; short narrative genres; German language and culture.
Jodey Castricano | 250.807.9196 | jodey.castricano@ubc.ca
Research interests: 19th-century studies, including gothic studies and psychoanalysis (Freud/Jung); critical animal studies; ecofeminism; critical and literary theory, film and media studies; feminist and queer theory; ethics; social activism.
Robert Eggleston | 250.807.9380 | robert.eggleston@ubc.ca
Research interests: Restoration and 18th-century theatre; ideological instability in the comedies and farces of Edward Ravenscroft; theories of comedy during the late 17th century; political satire and censorship of the stage during the 1720s and 1730s.
Greg Garrard | 250.807.8479 | greg.garrard@ubc.ca
Research interests: Ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; critical animal studies; film and media studies; literature and science; Canadian literature.
Lisa Grekul | 250.807.9347 | lisa.grekul@ubc.ca
Research interests: Canadian literatures; diaspora literatures and theory; postcolonial and decolonization studies; film and media studies; Ukrainian-Canadian literature.
George Grinnell | 250.807.9638 | george.grinnell@ubc.ca
Research interests: Critical and literary theory; cultural studies; Romanticism; peace and war studies; punk culture; cultural studies in music; aesthetics; critical and literary theory; feminist and queer theory; literature and medicine; ethics; African-American literature.
Jennifer Gustar | 250.807.9384 | jennifer.gustar@ubc.ca
Research interests: Contemporary British literature; UK transculturalism; gender and contemporary literature; literature of South Asia and the diaspora; diaspora studies; modernism and transatlantic modernism; postcolonial and decolonization studies; film and media studies; critical and literary theory.
Allison Hargreaves | 250.807.8446 | allison.hargreaves@ubc.ca
Research interests: Indigenous literature and theory; Indigenous feminisms; settler studies; Indigenous writing in Canada; postcolonial and decolonization studies; feminist and queer theory; reconciliation; social activism.
Melissa Jacques | 250.807.9537 | melissa.jacques@ubc.ca
Research interests: Literary studies and practices; critical and literary theory; the Gothic genre; peace and war studies.
David Jefferess  | 250.807.9359 | david.jefferess@ubc.ca
Research interests: Postcolonial studies; globalization; anti-oppression; cultural studies; peace and war studies; reconciliation; humanitarian discourse; ethics; social activism; South-Asian literature; African literature.
Daniel Keyes | 250.807.9320 | daniel.keyes@ubc.ca
Research interests: Film, television and media studies; critical whiteness studies; critical and literary theory; cultural studies; studies in the suburban culture of North America; cultural studies in music; postcolonial and decolonization studies; drama and theatre studies; digital culture; Canadian literature.
Sean Lawrence | 250.807.9415 | sean.lawrence@ubc.ca
Research interests: Shakespeare; canonical literature and 20th-century French philosophy; Medieval and Renaissance studies; peace and war studies; drama and theatre studies; ethics.
Marie Loughlin | 250.807.9330 | marie.loughlin@ubc.ca
Research interests: 16th-century poetry and prose; early modern women's writing; early modern drama; women’s literature; 16th and 17th-century literature; spiritual autobiography; speculative fiction; feminist and queer theory.
Oliver Lovesey | 250.807.9385 | oliver.lovesey@ubc.ca
Research interests: Victorian and 18th-century novel; postcolonial studies; restoration and 18th-century literature; history of the novel; cultural studies in music; postcolonial and decolonization studies; literature and medicine; social activism; African literature.
Janet MacArthur | 250.807.9355 | janet.macarthur@ubc.ca
Research interests: Autobiography; Holocaust studies; auto/biographical discourse; peace and war studies; postcolonial and decolonization studies; digital culture, literature and medicine.
Paul Milton | 250.807.9418 | paul.milton@ubc.ca
Research interests: 20th-century American and Canadian fiction; literature and space; fictional treatments of suburban life; Canadian poets and literature; African-American literature.
Margaret Reeves| 250.807.9639 | margaret.reeves@ubc.ca
Research interests: Early modern women’s writing; children’s literary cultures (early modern to contemporary); early modern childhood and youth; Milton and early modern political theory; satiric fiction; women’s literature; Medieval and Renaissance studies; 16th and 17th-century literature; history of the novel; auto/biographical discourse; speculative fiction; feminist and queer theory.
Karis Shearer | 250.807.9776 | karis.shearer@ubc.ca
Research interests: Canadian poetry and fiction; critical pedagogy; gender theory; American poetry; cultural studies; feminist and gender theory; modernism and transatlantic modernism; drama and theatre studies; digital culture; feminist and queer theory; creativity; social activism.
Jordan Stouck | 250.807.9663 | jordan.stouck@ubc.ca
Research interests: Composition studies; Canadian and Caribbean literature; postcolonial and decolonization studies; scholarship of teaching and learning.
Michael Treschow | 250.807.9356 | michael.treschow@ubc.ca
Research interests: Old and Middle English literature; Medieval and Renaissance studies, speculative fiction.
Assoc. Prof. Lisa Grekul
Literary scholarship, writing and research

Students & Theses

Meet our Students

FCCS students are significant contributors of artistic and cultural events on campus and off in Kelowna, the Okanagan Valley and beyond.

English Students have participated in digital initiatives on our campus such as Textual Editing and Modernism in Canada and Punk Pedagogy, learning valuable skills and gaining the opportunity to disseminate research and work directly with stakeholders.

Students have also participated in experiential graduate courses that move outside the traditional classroom, sometimes in the local area and sometimes travelling to remote locations such as the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island.

Explore the UBCO English course union, a student-led group that works to create a community for English students and faculty at UBCO. The group offers socials, workshops, discussion, and more for all those majoring, minoring, combined majoring, or even simply interested in English.

Theses

Search all UBC Okanagan English student publications at cIRcle, the university's digital repository for research and teaching materials.

Max Dickeson, Writer & Researcher
UBC alumnus ( 2014)

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts Applicants (MA)

Applicants to the MA in English program are expected to have a BA degree in English.

Applicants are expected to have a standing of a B+ (76%) average or better in their third- and fourth-year classes or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year English classes with an A- (80%) or better average.

In exceptional circumstances, a student who has a strong undergraduate record but does not meet the minimal requirements may be allowed to take a qualifying term in the MA English program on recommendation of the FCCS Graduate Program Committee. Further, a student cannot be admitted into the program if a suitable supervisor is not available.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Master of Arts Applicants (MA)

Applicants to the MA in English program are expected to have a BA degree in English.

Applicants are expected to have a standing of a B+ (76%) average or better in their third- and fourth-year classes or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year English classes with an A- (80%) or better average. A student cannot be admitted into the program if a suitable supervisor is not available.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of English language proficiency tests. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide — a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Visit the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.


Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MA Full-time $4,801.80 $8,435.94

Tuition is paid three times a year at the beginning of each term, and on the first day of the term, as per the Academic Calendar: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term.

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for detailed tuition and fees information; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct. 

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is committed to financially supporting our graduate students to the best of our ability and providing a variety of funding options.
Currently, the Faculty can provide up to two years of support for Masters students through a combination of Graduate Entrance Scholarships (GDES), Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) and University Graduate Fellowship (UGFs) funding. The specific source of the funding for an individual student will depend on a number of factors and may include a mixture of TA, RA and UGF support. 

Teaching Assistantships

TAs pay approximately $11,500 annually and we prioritize graduate students for these positions—Masters students have two years of priority for placement. The number of available positions is contingent on Faculty budget and overall student numbers. TA positions are posted online.

Research Assistantships

RAs are employment opportunities for qualified students offered by faculty members with research grants and contracts. As a paid research assistant, graduate students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student's thesis or dissertation. RAs are not guaranteed because they follow the financial cycles of the supervisor's external grants and contracts.

Scholarships and Awards

UBC Awards: The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards, including:

  • Graduate Entrance Scholarships (GDES): Applicants to the program are eligible for entrance scholarships if they meet the minimum program requirements (80% or better). 
  • University Graduate Fellowships (UGF): UGFs are a merit based scholarship that is awarded to current graduate students engaged in full-time, thesis based research with a GPA of 80% or better.  Awards start at $3,000, with a maximum of $24,000 total per student. 

External Awards: 

  • Students are also expected to apply for funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC). if eligible.  
  • Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations, private companies or foreign governments (check with your country's education authority). 

How to Apply

Find a Supervisor

Please contact our faculty before starting your application. Admission to the MA English program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as meeting program-specific criteria for admission requirements.

A complete application package will contain:

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application at least two months in advance of published deadlines.

The application deadline of January 15 qualifies MA in English applicants for Graduate Entrance Scholarships. After this deadline, however, applications will still be reviewed for admission.

For full consideration students should submit all application materials by the following:

Intake Apply Before
Domestic applicants
September January 15
International applicants
September January 15

UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the MA in English graduate program at UBC's Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—one of the fastest-growing populations in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university's respect for sustainability

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

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Full-time UBC Okanagan graduate students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about Important Dates for living on campus, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vacancies in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

* UBC does not verify or endorse information shared on this third-party website, which is offered here as a public resource only.

See what’s happening with FCCS News & Events, including readings by visiting authors and artist talks, performances in Theatre26, the AlterKnowledge Discussion Series, Hispanic Film Series, Okanagan Short Story Contest, the popular annual Art on the Line fundraiser, and much more.

Stay up to date—and keep in touch with us, too—by following the FCCS community on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the UBCO Grad community on Twitter and keep up to date with what is happening in the English program.  

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The Aboriginal Centre is a home away from home for all Aboriginal students by providing a sense of belonging and community, a place to catch up, wind down, make lunch, share opportunities and celebrate success.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library's Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

Graduates of the MA English program will be prepared for a variety of professions that value strong communication skills and a facility in writing and textual analysis—such as education, journalism, professional writing, publishing, law, consulting and marketing—or for PhD research.

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The 'Your Next Step' program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.

Inquire

George Grinnell
Graduate Program Coordinator
250.807.9638
george.grinnell@ubc.ca

Shauna Oddleifson
Graduate Program Assistant
250.807.9864
shauna.oddleifson@ubc.ca

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