English Short MA
Master of Arts English Literature (MA)

Short duration MA

Capitalize on your passion.

Whether it’s to sell a product, influence a policy decision or shape a country, storytelling is a fundamental skill. Program graduates are experts in processing information and using new ways of storytelling that shape the modern world. This program will challenge you to be open to abstract thinking, while equipping you with the tools to analyze and map out complex subjects and write forcefully.

Work now — don’t wait.

The University of Ottawa is one of the very few universities in Canada to offer paid CO-OP work terms in its English literature master’s program. Your CO-OP experience and professional network will be an added value for you when applying for jobs in tech startups, publishing companies, the federal government or postsecondary institutions.

Learn from exceptional professors and engage in a tight-knit community.

Professors invest time in having meaningful conversations and building rich relationships. You will find experts in both established fields such as Canadian, English and American literature and in evolving fields like ecocriticism, which discusses the relationship between human beings and the environment through literature. Join our sound poetry group, Rhombus, or participate in our 48-hour novella writing contest to connect with the local writing scene.

Student testimonial

“Grad school gives you opportunities to work much more closely with faculty than you usually get to do during undergrad. And it’s often from these working relationships that you learn the skills and ways of thinking that really stay with you long after you finish your program, like how to explore and develop complicated ideas, how to give and receive meaningful feedback and how to collaborate with others on ambitious projects.”

Rory Tanner, technical writer, Shopify
MA English Literature (’08) and PhD English Literature (’14)

Learn more


  • Coursework (12 months)
  • Research paper (12 months)
  • Coursework + 2 CO-OP terms (20 months) 
  • Research paper + 2 CO-OP terms (20 months)


  • Full- or part-time enrolment
  • In-person courses
  • September or January start — three study terms (plus two CO-OP terms  if applicable)
  • Courses taught in English

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Professor Lauren Gillingham

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