The Department of English has a strong reputation for its stimulating approach to literature and its high level of support for graduate students.

Our MA and PhD programs address questions about:

  • what people understand by the idea of literature in different times and places and why it matters
  • who should have access to literature, either as readers or writers
  • the power of literature to forge communities and become a force for change
  • how these issues are influenced by broader legal, technological, political and social contexts

Our MA program offers three streams: thesis, research essay or coursework. We also offer specializations in African Studies and Digital Humanities, at the Master’s level.

Our PhD program develops our students’ research agendas and nourishes their work within the theoretical, critical and historical study of the production of literature.

Graduate students can learn from our faculty researchers who are renowned for their expertise on many diverse areas of literature. For more details, you can explore the Bookshelf and Faculty Research Profiles.

MA in English

The MA offers students the chance to experience the challenges and expectations of graduate school in a collegial and stimulating environment.

PhD in English 

Carleton’s PhD program in English studies the production, circulation, and reception of texts through analyzing their institutional, technological, and discursive contexts.

For general information about our graduate programs please view our graduate program brochure.

Collaborative MA in African Studies

The collaborative Master’s program in African Studies is especially designed for current Carleton Master’s students in participating programs within the Faculties of Arts and Social Science, Public Affairs, and the Sprott School of Business who wish to enrich their training by developing expertise in the field of African Studies through interdisciplinary dialogue.

Collaborative MA in Digital Humanities

The collaborative Master’s program in Digital Humanities will help you to rethink how digital technologies are changing our understanding of art, film, music, literature and popular culture; to explore how new media are shaping our global communities, intercultural dialogue, and individual and collective identities; and to learn what new scholarly tools are available for studying and interpreting these developments.

International Students

For important information regarding graduate admissions, please click here. Please review information on required documents carefully.

Please contact the Graduate Administrator with any questions regarding MA or the PhD Program.