This program is recommended for all students interested in a graduate program of studies and research in applied linguistics. It targets students who are interested in the vast area of language and linguistics research and in interdisciplinary interactions of language studies with computer science, psychology, communication, or other areas. This program is expected to be completed within two years of study.

For more information on this field of study, see the Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies website.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a minimum of 9 credit units of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics courses at the undergraduate level

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 994 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects

Students are advised that in cases when their proposed research involves human participants, they are required to submit an Ethics application and receive the approval of the Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the study.

15 credit units, including the following:

  • LING 803.3
  • LING 804.3
  • LING 806.3
  • LING 811.3
  • LING 990.0
  • LING 994.0
  • oral thesis defense

One 3 credit unit restricted elective from the following:


  • LING 808.3
  • LING 810.3
  • LING 898.3 (Special Topics courses may be offered if there are additional faculty resources and students who require studies in another area of applied linguistics.)


  • Note: Psychology students have priority for enrolling in the above courses; for registration in these Psychology courses students in the M.A. in Applied Linguistics program must obtain permission from the instructor of the course.
  • PSY 802.3
  • PSY 803.3
  • PSY 809.3
  • PSY 836.3
  • PSY 837.3
  • PSY 838.3
  • PSY 839.3


  • PHIL 817.3 (In cases where philosophy of language and logic are included.)
  • PHIL 819.3
  • PHIL 842.3
  • PHIL 846.3

Communication (Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development):

  • RCM 400.3
  • RCM 401.3
  • RCM 402.3
  • RCM 404.3
  • RCM 408.3