Applied Linguistics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 6.08 k / Year(s) Deadline: Dec 15, 2023
StudyQA ranking:8705 Duration:2 years

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As a student in our MA in Applied Linguistics, you will receive graduate training in formal linguistics as well as in theories and research in the areas of second language acquisition (SLA) and the practice of second language teaching methodology. You will be able to pursue your own research goals through course work and either a thesis or a major research paper. We offer both thesis-based and non-thesis based MA in Applied Linguistics programs, to meet the varied needs of our students.

  • Introduction to Phonology
  • Second Language Acquisition Theory and Research
  • Seminar in Applied Linguistics
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Current Directions in Phonological Theory
  • Linguistic Field Methods
  • Introductino to Syntax
  • Researching Community-Based Initiatives in Language Revitalization
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
  • Sound Structures for Applied Linguistics
  • Studies in Language and Gender
  • Current Directions in Syntactic Theory
  • Coursework
  • Thesis


  • A Letter of Intent (maximum 2 pages) outlining a) why you chose to apply to the UVic Linguistics graduate program, b) how your background has prepared you for this program, and c) what area of study you hope to specialize in.
  • Transcripts from the post-secondary institutions at which you have studied
  • Two assessment reports (= letters of reference)
  • Your most up-to-date curriculum vitae (resume)
  • A writing sample: maximum 5 pages of a publication or major term paper (research-based if possible). Note: partial papers are acceptable, the idea is to give us a sense of your experience in  Linguistics (and/or related fields), as well as of your writing style.
  • Evidence of your language proficiency if you do not come from a designated English speaking country. Note that the requirements of the Linguistics department are stricter than the general UVic requirements. Here are the minimum required scores to be admitted to one of our graduate programs:
    • TOEFL: the minimum score is 600 on the standard paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test
    • IELTS: the minimum score is 7 on all components of the test


  • Bursaries
  • UVic awards and fellowships
  • University of Victoria Graduate Donor Awards
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships
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