Doctor of Philosophy

Exploring English further

The Department of English at Simon Fraser University has a selective PhD program. Students interested in applying should have a well-conceived project that can be supported by the department's areas of specialization. The department is open to cross-disciplinary proposals and innovative studies.

The program is designed for completion in nine to 12 semesters, though the university allows an outside limit of eight years (24 semesters). Part-time students are permitted in this program.


For admission to the doctoral program, students are required to have an MA degree or equivalent with high-standing from a recognized university.

Students entering either program are expected to have a good background in English studies. To fill any gaps, students may be required to do make-up courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.