Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building, 6299 South Street
Halifax, NS
Canada B3H 4H6


Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Graduate Studies
Degree: Master
Field of Study: English Language and Literature, General
Description Students in Dalhousie's Master of Arts program are highly competitive candidates for places in top PhD programs across Canada and internationally. Many have been awarded major fellowships in support of their doctoral studies throughout North America. Other have gone on to careers in law, publishing, communications, journalism, and education. Dalhousie’s program 
is one of the few in Canada that requires students to write 
a 10,000-12,000 word thesis with a thesis supervisor. 
Though relatively short, the thesis allows your to 
pursue personal research interests and develop your 
research profile. All MA students are given the opportunity 
to work as Teaching Assistants in the Department. You will develop skills and experience in teaching, writing, 
research, communications, and inter-professional 
collaboration, which are assets on the job market and 
essential for professional degrees and competitive PhD programs.
 The MA in English is designed to be completed in one 
calendar year (September to August) and the majority of our students receive scholarship funding and a teaching assistant position. Part-time MA students complete the degree over three years and are eligible to apply for teaching assistant positions.
Website: English at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or CanTEST [min. 4.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written. Applicants from abroad whose first degrees are from a non-English-language university will need a first MA in order to apply to our MA program. Applicants from abroad with an MA from a non-English-language university should apply to our MA rather than our PhD program.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation with the confidential reference form attached, and a 500-word statement describing specific interests in the program to be pursued. Applicants whose first language is not English should submit a writing sample in addition to the usual statements. That sample could be an essay written for an English course. Please visit the website for complete details.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: October 22, 2016