MA Linguistics

Simon Fraser University, Canada

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About Programme

Located in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, SFU Linguistics is a place where diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives are combined to create innovative approaches to the study of language.

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


  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $8,087
  • Fee international: $8,087

Graduate students in our program engage in challenging coursework and enjoy unique research opportunities while working toward either an MA or a PhD degree.

Graduates of our program have pursued further studies (PhD and postdoctoral positions) at institutions worldwide, including Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Edinburgh, Massachussets Institute of Technology, University of Amsterdam, and University of Toronto. Graduating PhD students have also attained lecturer and faculty positions at California State University, University of Salzburg, University of Cologne, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and others.

At least six courses (24 credit hours) are required for the MA. Courses should include: LING 800 Phonology, LING 801 Syntax and LING 851 Research Techniques and Experimental Design. One of the six courses can be a Directed Research course. In addition, students in the first year of the program are required to take LING 890 Graduate Seminar I and LING 891 Graduate Seminar II. Students must also write and defend a thesis. Normally students are expected to complete the degree in six semesters (two academic years). The first year is usually devoted to course work and the second to the thesis.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Graduate Program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Availability of supervisor
  2. Linguistic background (see below)
  3. GPA

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