Candidates for this degree are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies provided that they also satisfy the Centre for Comparative Literature’s requirements stated below. In all cases, their programs must be approved by the Centre.

PhD Admission and Program Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires a Master’s degree with an average grade of at least A-. Normally, the Master’s degree will be in Comparative Literature; however, students with a Master’s degree in a humanities discipline involving literary studies will also be considered. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to do advanced research in two languages other than English. more info

MA Admission and Program Requirements

Admission to the M.A. program requires a bachelor’s degree that includes courses in literature and languages with an average grade of at least B+ in the applicant’s overall program. Applicants to the M.A. program must demonstrate experience in the study of literature at the undergraduate level and an ability to work at the graduate level in at least one language other than English. All candidates must register as full-time students. more info


If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your proficiency in English using one of the following methods. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.

Students must arrange for their test score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The only test for which U of T will accept paper scores is MELAB (see below).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)
U of T School of Continuing Studies Academic Preparation Course
Graduate International Foundation Program (Grad IFP)

The IELTS Institution Code for the University of Toronto is 0982. 

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