English : Admission Requirements
In addition to the application materials required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (see Faculty Admissions), the department requires a statement of intent (not to exceed 1 typed page for MA applicants or 2 typed pages for PhD applicants), a 10-15 page typed essay demonstrating advanced literary and/or critical studies ability, and a CV. GRE scores are not specifically required, but students who have taken the exam are advised to submit the results since a high score can only strengthen their application.
International students whose first language is not English may be required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to demonstrate competency in English (see English Language Proficiency) by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language/TOEFL (with a minimum 630 on the paper-based test or 101 on the internet-based test) or the International English Language Testing System/IELTS (with an overall score of at least Band 7).
Students applying to the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) concentration—an interdisciplinary graduate concentration open to selected MA and PhD students in Anthropology, English, Environmental Studies, Germanic Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology—must meet the admission requirements for the MA or PhD program. MA applicants are expected to have some background in theory; PhD applicants are expected to have a strong competence in theory. Students must apply online, choosing the Concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) option for English. If approved by the department, the application will be reviewed by the CSPT Admissions Committee. For full information about the program see http://www.uvic.ca/interdisciplinary/cspt/. Students must meet the core graduating requirements of the individual departments as well as specific requirements of the CSPT Program.