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Direct Entry PhD in English

Achieve a doctoral degree without having to complete an MA

Application deadline: Dec. 1

We offer exceptional undergraduate students with honours degrees in English the opportunity to proceed directly into our PhD Program. This five-year program allows students to achieve a doctoral degree without first having to complete an MA.

Admission to the direct-entry PhD requires a GPA of at least 4.0 in the final two years of the BA in honours English. A 4.0 GPA does not guarantee admission.


Students will normally undertake

  • 9 academic courses, including six courses (18 ch) in Year 1 and three courses (9 ch) in Year 2
  • English 6100: Research Methods (6 ch)
  • Advanced research project
  • Two comprehensive exams
  • English 6999: Teaching apprenticeship course (Year 3)
  • Dissertation

Any student who wishes to leave the direct-entry PhD without graduating with the doctorate, but has completed the requirements of a one-year MA, can apply to graduate with the MA.

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