Program Options

The English MA (Public Texts) is the only program in Canada to offer you four ways to complete your degree:  by Internship, by Major Research Paper, by Research Creation, or by Thesis.

Whichever path you choose, you will receive exceptional training in fields of inquiry that are receiving growing academic attention throughout the world: the electronic production and circulation of texts, oral performance traditions, the relationship between text and image, theories of publics, and the history of the book. Whichever way you choose to complete it, the English MA (Public Texts) gives you a unique opportunity to be part of an exciting intellectual community actively engaged in considering theoretical, historical and practical aspects of the production and reception of texts.

Part-time
Students may pursue their M.A. degree on a part-time basis. The minimum time for completion for part-time students will be 2 years and the maximum time will be 5 years.

Humber College Option
Students enrolled in the Creative Book Publishing Program will spend their third semester at Humber College. They will then have an extra semester to complete their degree at Trent.

Please visit the new website, EditionsTrent,  which outlines the editorial projects with which Trent English faculty are associated. The Professors involved include Zailig Pollock, James Neufeld, Margaret Steffler, Suzanne Bailey, Joel Baetz and Elizabeth Popham. These projects have been the source of internship placements, thesis or MRP topics, and research assistantships over the years. 

1. Thesis

Core courses (0.5 credit)
Colloquium and Research & Professional Development Seminar (1 credit Pass/Fail)
3 elective courses (1.5 credit)
Thesis (2 credits)

2. Major Research Paper

Core courses (0.5credit)
Colloquium and Research & Professional Development Seminar (1 credit Pass/Fail)
5 elective courses (2.5 credits)
Major Research Paper (1 credit)

3. Internship

Core courses (0.5 credit)
Colloquium and Research & Professional Development Seminar (1 credit Pass/Fail)
5 elective courses (2.5 credits)
Internship (1 credit)

4. Research Creation 

Core courses (0.5 credit)
Colloquium and Research & Professional Development Seminar (1 credit Pass/Fail)
5 elective courses (2.5 credits)
Research Creation (1 credit)

THE FOUR OPTIONS COMPARED  
  Thesis MRP Internship Research Creation
CREDITS 2 1 1 1
PAGES 100-120 50-60 30 30 + Research Creation Project
ADDITIONAL SUPERVISOR/ READER 2nd Member of 2-Member Supervisory Committee 2nd Reader Internship Placement Supervisor Co-supervisor if working with community members; otherwise 2nd reader
ADDITIONAL EXAMINER 3rd Member of 3-Member Examining Committee      
Suggested Timeline (to be worked out with Supervisor) YEAR 1      
SEPTEMBER Meet with Supervisor Meet with Supervisor Meet with Supervisor Meet with Supervisor
DECEMBER JANUARY Initial Proposal -  2nd Member of Supervisor Committee could be put in place at this point Initial Proposal - 2nd Reader could be put in place at this point Initial Proposal - Internship Placement Supervisor put in place at this point or as soon as possible Initial Proposal
MARCH Final Proposal Final Proposal Final Proposal Final Proposal
AUGUST   MRP Completed and Submitted Internship Completed and Research Essay Submitted Research-Creation project Completed and Analytical Essay Submitted to supervisor for grading
  YEAR 2      
APRIL 1 First Draft submitted to Supervisory Committee      
APRIL 30 Supervisory Committee Responds      
MAY 31 Complete Thesis Submitted to Director      
JUNE Thesis Delivered to External Reader Final draft signed off by Supervisor Committee      
JULY Defense      
AUGUST

Final Copy Submitted by student to Graduate Studies Office