The Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University welcomes applications to our graduate programs for Fall 2021 admission. We offer two graduate degrees:

M.A. in English and Film Studies
Ph.D. in English and Film Studies

Graduates from our programs have continued on into careers as university professors, librarians, editors, marketing and communications officers, filmmakers and producers, advertising and graphic design specialists, teachers, and lawyers. Students appreciate our department’s caring, close-knit community, our efforts to integrate research and teaching, and the high level of individual attention they receive from our faculty. All students in our programs are fully-funded with a combination of TAships and scholarships. Canadian students are encouraged to apply for Ontario Graduate Scholarships and SSHRC Graduate Scholarships.

M.A. in English and Film Studies
The M.A. can be completed in an intensive 8-month program (coursework only) or 12-month program (coursework + Professional Skills Practicum). The Professional Skills option provides M.A. students with direct work experience and practical applications of their skills. Students in this option have worked for The New Quarterly journal, Laurier’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, and the Grand River Film Festival. We also offer a Major Research Paper option that can be completed in the summer term.

M.A. Student Funding
Students with a minimum average of B+ are guaranteed a highly competitive funding package of at least $14,500 per year as well as teaching experience in our first-year introductory courses in English or Film Studies.

Ph.D. in English and Film Studies
Our Ph.D. program provides students a unique opportunity to pursue rigorous, specialized research in either Literary Studies or Film Studies, or to take advantage of the rich intellectual and theoretical confluence between the two disciplines. We are deeply committed to the academic and professional development of our students. Students are given the opportunity to professionalize through their teaching, presentations, colloquia, research, and assistantships. Our areas of strength include Canadian literature, Asian cinema, feminist and gender theory, American cinema, Victorian literature, affect and memory studies, popular culture, and digital media. Students have access to the Tri-University Library system and an extensive film collection. 
Ph.D. Student Funding
Students with a minimum average of A- are guaranteed a funding package of $22,000 per year for four years. All students gain teaching experience, and a number of them have the opportunity to work as research assistants.

Sample Courses:

  • Women and Crime in Fiction and Film
  • Topics in Canadian Literature
  • Dangerous Medieval Sexualities
  • Mapping South Asian Canadian Literature
  • Posthuman(ist) Memory in Film and Fiction
  • Topics in Romantic Literature and the Victorian Novel
  • Film Historiography
  • Graphic Novel Adaptation Films

For more information, visit the web pages for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, or contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Eleanor Ty,


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