Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Comparative Literature (M.A.)

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Field of Study:Comparative Literature
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)


Western’s program in Comparative Literature has recognized strengths in various literatures (especially – but not limited to – American, Canadian, Classical, English, French & Francophone, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Spanish). What distinguishes it from similar programs across the country (Toronto, Alberta, Montreal...) is the insistent focus on critical theory, postcolonial literature, East-West cultural relationships and inter-media studies (particularly visual art and film). Many of those teaching in the program are well established scholars of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and 18-20th-century cultures. Our MA students are employed as Teaching Assistants.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    An Honors B.A. with a minimum average of B+ (78%) for the last two years of study is the normal requirement for admission to the program with financial support. In addition to proficiency in English, the Program requires for admission proficiency - at a level sufficient to read original texts and pursue graduate-level work - in a language in which research can be supported by the Program's core faculty. If the applicant's transcript does not reflect adequate study in a second language, he or she may be required to demonstrate it through a language test. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide TOEFL scores as part of their applications.
    Application Notes : To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing Western with the following:
    1. Personal Information
    2. Academic History
    3. References
    4. Supplementary Questions
    5. Application Fee Payment of $100.
    6. Supplemental Documents
    7. Proficiency in English Scores

    * 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 November 11, 2022