MA Applied Linguistics

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

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About Programme

The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics involves coursework (five three-credit-units courses) in the areas of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics plus writing and defending an MA thesis based on individual research.

  • Type: On campus, research
  • Start: September
  • Language: English

Full-time

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $6,190
  • Fee international: $9,779

Graduate students pursue original research on national and minority languages and linguocultures of Saskatchewan and Canada, as well as the research on languages and language teaching throughout the world.

In particular, we are interested in research projects related to sociolinguistics, language maintenance in Canada and abroad, heritage languages of Canada, morphology, syntax, phonetics, TESOL, second/foreign/native language acquisition, and other areas listed below. Students can also make inquiries about other possible areas of language-related studies.

Areas of research projects for MA thesis may include:

  • general and applied linguistics
  • heritage and minority language maintenance in Canada and abroad
  • language teaching and language acquisition
  • second/additional/foreign/child language acquisition
  • sociolinguistics
  • phonetics
  • language and culture interactions
  • discourse analysis and pragmatics
  • empirical linguistics
  • corpus linguistics
  • language documentation
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • computational linguistics
  • English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Doukhobor Russian

Examples of recent topics chosen by students include extracurricular activities in university language classes, language attitudes of Ukrainian speakers in Saskatchewan, maintenance of Mandarin Chinese and Russian in the families of immigrants in Saskatchewan, Doukhobor language and culture, language attitudes and ethnic identity of Iranian immigrants in Saskatchewan, non-verbal communication in aquatic environments, discourse analysis of texts describing depression, language requirements of international students in Saskatchewan, euphemisms in medical communication, and non-verbal communication tools in ESL classrooms.

Entry requirements

  • four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts honours in Linguistics, language studies or language teaching (e.g., English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Modern Languages). Students with backgrounds in other cognate areas (psychology, English, social sciences, computer science, mathematics, and others) are also encouraged to apply;
  • the minimum of 12 cu in Linguistics or a closely related area is required
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

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