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Curriculum & Courses

The English MA at Ryerson provides a high standard of literary education within a flexible program structure. The program’s principal goals are the following:

  • To provide a sustained, scholarly analysis of conventional literary forms such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, and less conventional forms such as digital poetics, life writing, the illustrated book, and manifestos,
  • To establish a foundation of research for PhD studies in English and related fields such as Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature,
  • To develop skills in literary studies and engagement that prepare students for a broad range of career options, and
  • To provide students with the opportunity to write a major research paper, to take up a practicum related to their program research, or to fulfill a combination of the two.

Core Structure of Program Requirements

This program is designed for completion by full-time students in three consecutive terms: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer.

Fall Term 

  • Foundations
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Winter Term  

  • Professional Skills
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course


* Courses offered in 2021/22