MA Linguistics

University of Western Ontario, Canada

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About Programme

The Master Program in Linguistics at Western can be summed up as not purely formal, nor purely social, nor purely applied, but as all of these: the humanistic and scientific study of language as an abstract system of symbols that is known and used.

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


  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $4,665
  • Fee international: $10,192


    For decades, linguistics was taught as an undergraduate subject area in Anthropology at Western, with a combined program in Linguistics and Psychology. In the last fifteen years, several linguists joined the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This has led to a wealth of experience and interest in linguistics as a cohesive discipline for which there is significant student demand across disciplinary boundaries. The success of the recently created undergraduate program in linguistics at UWO confirms the strength of the discipline at the University of Western Ontario. Through the enthusiastic and effective participation of linguists on campus we have been able to obtain a Canada Research Chair in Linguistics and a state-of-the-art research facility for linguistics (the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Laboratory).

    Objectives of the Master's Degree Program in Linguistics: The objective of the MA program in linguistics is to foster scholarship and research in the discipline, both for students who are planning on continuing with a PhD program in linguistics and for those who will be seeking professional work in a range of fields (such as education, communicative disorders, speech technologies, or elsewhere) for which a background in linguistics is either required or very useful.

    Our diverse faculty, made up of researchers from various fields (including Anthropology, Computer Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education, French Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Psychology) will offer students direct training in current research methods from a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives, enabling them to undertake independent research of their own in linguistics.

    Entry requirements

    An Honors B.A. with a minimum average of B+ (78%) for the last two years of study is the normal requirement for admission to the program with financial support. It is expected that the student’s undergraduate degree will be either an Honors degree in linguistics, a Combined Honors degree including linguistics or the equivalent (e.g. Major). In exceptional cases in which students are admitted without having fulfilled all the above requirements, they will be required to take supplementary courses in linguistics at the undergraduate level in addition to the normal program requirements. International applicants should contact the program if they have questions regarding grade conversion before beginning the application process. Requirements as outlined by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies stipulates that every student from overseas whose first language is not English must take ONE of:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version; [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service of the British Council) and receive a score of at least 6
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) of the University of Michigan and receive a score of 85 overall with a minimum of 80 on each of parts 1, 2 and 3.

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