Jun 25, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022

The Degree of MA in Comparative Literature (Comparative Literature Program) [Graduate]


Program Requirements


Students admitted to this program are expected to have a minimum of ★30 in Comparative Literature, or equivalent courses approved by the Graduate Coordinator, beyond the 100 level in their undergraduate studies.

Students who satisfy this requirement and who wish to complete a thesis-based master's degree will be required to take C LIT 501 , C LIT 502 , C LIT 511  and C LIT 560 . An additional ★6 at the graduate level will be determined on an individual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator in the first year of their studies, and write and defend a thesis in their second year of the program.

Students who satisfy this requirement and who wish to complete a course-based master's degree will be required to take C LIT 501 , C LIT 502 , C LIT 511  and C LIT 560  and a capping exercise (usually done in the last term of study). An additional ★12 at the graduate level will be determined on an individual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator.

Students admitted with less than the ★30 course prerequisite will be required to take up to ★27 (thesis-based MA) or ★36 (course-based MA). The exact number of extra courses will be determined individually by the graduate committee.

The minimum period of residence for the thesis-based MA is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta. There is no residence requirement for the course-based MA.

Length of Program


A student's previous background and experience will determine the length of time required to complete an MA.

A candidate for the thesis-based MA, entering from a four-year specialized program and continuing work in the same field, is normally required to complete the equivalent of one calendar year of course work. The normal time of completion for the thesis-based program, including thesis, is two years. The maximum time allowed to complete the thesis-based program is four years. Other candidates are normally required to complete the equivalent of three terms of course work.

A candidate for the course-based MA is normally required to complete the equivalent of two calendar years of course work. The normal time of completion for the course-based program, including the capping exercise, is two years. The maximum time allowed to complete the course-based program is six years.