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A Message from the Graduate Program Director

A Message from the Graduate Program Director

Welcome to our MA in English!

As you will discover, we have taken full advantage of Ryerson’s central urban destination to design a program that complements coursework and research with scholarly and professional opportunities—both in Toronto and further afield. Our innovative courses investigate literature from cultural, historical, and global perspectives. Students can pursue a major research paper, complete a practicum placement at a literary or cultural institution, and develop competencies as teaching, research, and grading assistants.

A leader in experiential learning for over ten years, we offer Department resources that include the Centre for Digital Humanities, the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, and the Children’s Literature Archive. Through involvement with our internationally recognized creative-writing journal, White Wall Review, students acquire editorial and publishing skills and take part in launch parties, readings, and the annual Word on the Street festival. Ryerson’s downtown location has enabled our program to facilitate practicum placements with organizations like Book*hug, House of Anansi Press, ECW Press, Penguin Random House Canada, Simon & Schuster, Tightrope Books, Quill & Quire, The Literary Review of Canada, Broken Pencil, Dance Current, Exclaim!, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Dorset Fine Arts, The Toronto Arts Foundation, Workman Arts, the Writer’s Union of Canada, CookeMcDermid literary agency, The Rights Factory, the Osborne Collection at the Toronto Public Library, the National Ballet of Canada, the Toronto International Festival of Authors, PEN Canada, Toronto International Film Festival, and Wattpad, among others.

Adventurous in spirit and eager to network with like-minded peers, our students have participated in diverse intellectual, creative, and social activities, such as the Dickens Universe at the University of California, Santa Cruz; the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, BC; and the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland. Additionally, our students have presented scholarly papers at national and international conferences across Canada, the US, and Europe. Our MITACS-funded students have spent the summer honing research projects in Australia and Japan.

I hope you enjoy exploring our website and our program’s many scholarly, creative, and professional benefits. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss further what our MA has to offer you.


Liz Podnieks, Professor
Graduate Program Director