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English & Creative Writing (BA)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Why study English and Creative Writing?

Immerse yourself in the writing life – and develop a cultural vocabulary – by looking at the human condition through many literary modes, while studying works which include aspects of psychology, history, and philosophy. The Honours in English and Creative Writing program allows you to both work on your craft as a creative writer, and develop a broad context in which to see your own writing through the academic study of English Literature. 

The combined English and Creative Writing degree offers you a rare balance between creative and scholarly environments. Studying literature will sharpen your abilities as a critical reader, thinker and writer, and invite you to imagine alternative worlds and perspectives. As a writer, you can start to create those realms yourself.

Our writing program is one of the best and most established in the country. Students have the opportunity to supplement their regular courses with master classes conducted by internationally renowned writers and by participating in one of the department’s literary journals.

Program Details

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Honours in English and Creative Writing (66 credits)*

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia.

See full degree requirements in the undergraduate calendar.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

This program is only available for internal degree transfer or concentration change. Students wishing to start an Honours program must typically first finish one year of classes at Concordia.

  • University Transfers (internal): B+

  • English proficiency
    Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test with the following minimum scores: TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) – a minimum score of 100 with 22 in the writing component or IELTS – 7.0 overall with a 6.5 in the writing component.
  • Learn more about the Portfolio & Letter of Intent requirements

We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

You've sent your application from: Fall term deadline Winter term deadline
 Inside Canada March 1
Certain programs have extended their deadlines. Please check program availability.
November 1
Not all programs are available for this term.
Please check program availability.
Outside Canada (International)  February 1    September 1

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

  • The Creative Process
  • Writing for Diverse Audiences
  • The Rise of the Novel
  • Postwar Canadian Fiction
  • First Nations/North American Native Literature

Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current English courses.

Honours graduates leave with the knowledge and skills required for graduate studies in literature and in creative writing. All our graduates receive training that prepares them for careers that include not only literary creation but teaching, law, journalism or any field where communication skills are necessary for success.

Many graduates leave to successful writing careers. Read our alumni pages for inspiration.

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