University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

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Comparative Literature

University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Comparative Literature
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,210


The Comparative Literature PhD program accommodates a diverse range of students’ interests united by a shared concern for comparative issues. The interdisciplinary and transnational character of the program is reflected in the fact that students may take up to approximately half their courses in other departments of their choice. Students work in at least two languages other than English, and their study may include work in a non-literary discipline. All incoming students meet with the Graduate Coordinator to discuss their program and to decide on their course of study before beginning classes. The Centre for Comparative Literature only provides supervision in areas which fall within the competency, interests, or availability of its graduate faculty.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 93] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
An appropriate master's degree with an average grade of at least A- is required. Normally, the master's degree will be in comparative literature; however, students with a master's degree in a humanities discipline involving literary studies, especially specific language and literature programs, will also be considered. Demonstrated ability to do advanced research in two languages and literatures other than English.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* 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.

Modified on May 08, 2023