University of New Brunswick - School of Graduate Studies

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English - Academic (Ph.D.)

University of New Brunswick - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:English Language and Literature, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $9,202


UNB's celebrated English graduate programs offer both creative writing and academic streams of study, helping students reach both their creative and critical potential. Students feel particularly welcome because of our small class sizes. They gain personal support and invaluable feedback from nationally-acclaimed professors and have opportunities to work with them on research and creative projects and on departmental publications, including Canada's longest continuously published literary journal, The Fiddlehead, and on the student-run, national literary journal, QWERTY.

Our cozy, quiet campus is the perfect workshopping environment for creative writers wanting to develop a book-length manuscript. Our PhD in Creative Writing is one of very few offered in Canada. In the academic streams, students examine important works of literature, undertake original research, and build their critical vocabularies. Their research is supported by excellent library resources. Graduate students in English acquire strong research, writing, editing and communication skills and develop connections with other academics, writers and publications across Canada. Doctoral students also gain exceptional applied teaching experience through the Teaching Apprenticeship Program.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    A GPA of at least 3.7 (A-) in an MA program is required for admission to the PhD program.

    Applications are processed through the School of Graduate Studies. The decision regarding admission is made by the Dean or an Associate Dean of the Graduate School, based upon the recommendation submitted by the Department of English's Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Graduate Committee. This decision is final and cannot be appealed.

    Admission to the English Graduate Program is limited and very competitive. Because it is based on the human and physical resources available to deliver the program of study, admission is not guaranteed for those who meet the minimum academic requirements.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio

    * 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 October 05, 2022