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English Language, Literature and Creative Writing

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Graduate Programs

The Department of English at the University of Windsor offers two fields within the M.A. Program in English: Literature and Creative Writing, and Literature and Language. Within the Literature and Language field, there are two different options: the Thesis Option and the Course Work Option.

The Literature and Creative Writing field allows students to combine graduate-level study of literature with advanced work on creative writing in a two-term workshop and a significant independent writing project. Within the Literature and Language field, the Course Work Option offers exposure to a wide variety of topics in literature, composition, and rhetoric. The Thesis Option allows students to investigate a single topic in depth through independent, extended research with faculty supervision.

Programs of Study

The specific requirements for each field are:
M.A. in English: Literature and Creative Writing
  • 26-591 / 592: Creative Writing Seminar A and B (Fall and Winter Terms)
  • Four graduate seminars
  • 26-794: Creative Writing Project
  • 26-500 Scholarship and the Profession (a pass/fail 3-week course)
M.A. in English: Literature and Language
Thesis Option
  • Five graduate seminars
  • 26-797: Thesis/project
  • 26-500 Scholarship and the Profession (a pass/ fail 3-week course)
Course Work Option
  • Eight graduate seminars
  • Scholarship and the Profession (a pass/fail 3-week course)

Graduate Seminars

Enrollment in a graduate seminar is limited to 10 students, and each student is expected to make a considerable contribution. Each term all graduate students are given a Seminar Preference Form. This form lists the seminars to be offered next term and asks that students number the seminars in order of preference. Every effort is made to accommodate students' preferences for seminars. However, demand may preclude some students from receiving all their choices. Criteria used in allocating places in seminars are:
1. Students' stated preferences.
2. The total number of courses and terms already completed.
3. The number of courses competed in a particular area.
The Department ordinarily requires the corresponding undergraduate survey course as a prerequisite for the seminar. In the descriptions in this booklet, professors may indicate alternatives to this requirement.
Every student in a seminar is usually responsible for:
1. A seminar presentation.
2. A seminar paper.
3. The reading necessary for each weekly meeting of the seminar.
4. A fair share of work within the seminar meeting, which includes asking questions, stating other points of view, probing the arguments that are advanced, querying documentation, etc.
The statements on grading in the course descriptions in this booklet should be regarded as provisional. Any changes will be provided in writing by the instructor within the first two weeks of a course.


The Faculty of Graduate Studies requires that students maintain at least a 70% cumulative GPA at all times.  Courses in which a grade of 70% or higher is received will be accepted for graduate credit.

In accordance with the Policy of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the Department of English allows the grade of Incomplete to be assigned to a student who so requests, at the discretion of the instructor, after discussion concerning the nature of the work to be completed and the time period for completion. Normally, the Department of English requires that all work must be competed within six weeks after the last date of the examination period for a letter grade to be assigned.
A record of the specific conditions must be recorded on the Incomplete form, available from the Departmental Graduate Secretary. This form must be signed by the student, the seminar instructor, and the Department head. If the work is not completed within a twelve-month period, then a permanent grade of "Incomplete" will be assigned.

Duration of Study and Time Limits

Full-time students must complete work on a Master's degree within three years after their first registration as candidates. Three or four terms of full-time registration should suffice to complete the course-work program. Programs of study involving a thesis or a project may require additional time. Part-time students admitted to candidacy should complete their work within five years after first registration. See also the statement in the current Graduate Calendar.
All full-time students are required to maintain continuous registration through all terms of their graduate program. Students wishing to take a leave of absence for a term must apply to the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and pay the appropriate fee. All students must be registered graduate students in the term preceding the proper deadline for Spring or Fall Convocation in order to be permitted to graduate. See the current Graduate Calendar, "Graduate Registration Regulations," for details.
NOTE: All dates affecting thesis submission or graduation should be confirmed with the Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Financial Assistance

While there is no guarantee of financial support for individual students, the University of Windsor strongly supports and encourages graduate study. See the section "Postgraduate Awards and Financial Aid" in the current Graduate Calendar for details of available awards.


Ontario Graduate Scholarships and SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships are major external sources of financial support for graduate study at the Master's level. They are highly competitive, and students are encouraged to apply for these in the fall of their final year of undergraduate study, and/or first year of graduate study.
University of Windsor scholarships and tuition bursaries are awarded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research on a competitive basis. Entrance scholarships may be worth up to $7,000 paid out over a year.

Graduate Assistantships

Most full-time candidate-level students are awarded Graduate Assistantships. The maximum Graduate Assistantship requires 10 hours work per week during the Fall and Winter Terms for a total stipend of $5,135.20 per term (2015-16). Partial assistantships with prorated stipends may also be awarded.

Students holding Assistantships may be assigned to a number of different teaching-related duties in the Department. For example, they may be instructors in the first-year Composition course (26-100) (N.B. Graduate students assigned to teach Composition are expected to enroll in Composition Theory and Practice, 26-596), they may assist a faculty member in an undergraduate literature course, or be assigned editorial duties in conjunction with editing and publishing practicum courses. Most financial awards have early deadlines.

Inquiries should be directed to:
Department of English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4
Fax: 519-971-3676
Telephone: 519-253-3000, ext. 2288
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