Admission Requirements

The M.A. degree program is governed by the regulations of the College of Graduate Studies, including its standards for admission of students.

Applicants to the M.A. in English program should have a B.A. degree with a Major in English or a background that sufficiently prepares them for advanced work in English. Applicants are expected to have a standing of a B+ (76%) average or better in their third- and fourth- year classes or at least 12 credits in third- and fourth- year English classes with an A- (80%) or better average.

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competence to pursue studies in the English language.

Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:

MA in English:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 104 overall with a minimum score of 25 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 24 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version); minimum score of 25 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 24 in Writing (paper version).

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 7.5, with no individual score less than 7.

At the discretion of the English Graduate Committee, a student who does not meet the minimum requirements, but who has a strong undergraduate record, may be allowed to take a qualifying term in the M.A. program. The student's admission will be assessed at the end of the qualifying term to ascertain whether the student can continue in the M.A. English program.

The University of British Columbia

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