Graduate Program Admissions

Master of Arts in Indigenous Languages and Linguistics (INLL MA)
Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Languages and Linguistics (INLL GC)

Applications for Fall 2024 intake to the Master of Arts in Indigenous Languages and Linguistics (INLL MA) and to the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Languages and Linguistics (INLL GC) are now open! Apply here

General Linguistics MA and PhD

The next application cycle for the MA and PhD program in General Linguistics will open mid-October 2024 for Fall 2025 intake.

See the Graduate Studies webpage for general instructions for the online application process. An application fee of $110 CAN (applicants with Canadian transcripts) or $150 CAN (applicants with international transcripts) is required. Applicants will not be able to proceed to the document uploading or referee entry process until the application fee is paid and processed. Note: international payments can take up to 3 business days to process.

Applicants with credentials from institutions in countries where the primary language is not English must also submit English Language Proficiency Test scores meeting the university requirements. This test must include a writing component. Note that official test results must be sent directly to the Graduate Studies office from the original source. Processing of submitted test results can take up to 3-4 weeks. Test scores are valid for two years from test date. See more about submitting English language proficiency test scores in the Application Process document.

How To Apply

Download the Application Process document for detailed information about the required supporting documents.

Application Checklist

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

1. Availability of supervisor

Admission to our MA and PhD program is dependent on suitable faculty availability and ability to supervise incoming graduate students. Applicants are not expected to have secured a suitable supervisor prior to application; however, the online application provides applicants the opportunity to indicate up to 3 faculty members with whom they share research interests. Faculty identified through this process will be asked to review the application for suitability and determine availability for supervision.

2. Linguistic prerequisites

Linguistic courses required prior to applying for either MA or PhD program:

  • Introduction to Linguistics 
  • Phonetics 
  • Phonology 
  • Syntax 
  • Morphology
  • Semantics 

Additional linguistic courses and background required for PhD applicants:

  • Grad course in phonology | PhD applicants
  • Grad course in syntax | PhD applicants
  • An MA in linguistics
  • A developed area of specialization as demonstrated by a thesis, project, or extended course work.

For admission to the MA and PhD programs, students must be able to demonstrate an adequate background in linguistics. Applicants having little or no academic preparation in linguistics will not be admitted to the program. In most cases, we require applicants to have completed significant course work covering core areas in linguistics, as covered in the bullet lists above. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to admit students who do not meet the above requirements. We understand that courses like the above may not be available at all universities. In this case, the admissions committee may stipulate a number of courses that must be taken by the student beyond the basic requirements for the degree. Students admitted under such circumstances should expect to take an additional year or two to complete their programs. For the university admissions guidelines, please visit Applying to Grad Studies, prepared by the Graduate Studies office.

3. GPA

4. Strength of references

  • We require at least three (3) references, submitted electronically through the online application system.
  • Referees should include a combination of academic and professional references.
  • Referees are to indicate the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study in Linguistics.

Guidelines for References (send to referees):

  • A frank appraisal of the ability of the applicant to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study.
  • Comment on the applicant’s scholarly competence and academic ability to undertake advanced studies in Linguistics.
  • Personal qualities that relevant to the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work.
  • Length of time and the context of the relationship to the applicant.

Important Note:
When providing us the email addresses of referees, the only acceptable type is the official email address provided by the academic institution. Unofficial email accounts such as Gmail and Yahoo are not accepted for referees. 

5. Quality of writing sample

This should preferably be a thesis, project, or paper written for a Linguistics course. Applicants should not submit co-authored papers.

The writing sample must illustrate an applicant’s ability to:

  • Express ideas in clear and appropriate language
  • Sustain an argument and develop a logical conclusion.

6. Quality and appropriateness of statement of research interests

Applicants must upload to the online application system a brief statement (one to two pages), stating their background, motivation, research interests and career goals. The proposal does not have to be specific, but it does have to show a general direction for research, which can be refined later on. 

7. Availability of funding