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Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Students must demonstrate adequate linguistics preparation. Those with little or no academic linguistics preparation may not obtain clear program admission or admission as a qualifying student. See Graduate General Regulations 1.3.5 Admission Under Special Arrangements and Graduate General Regulations 1.3.4. Admission to a Doctoral Program in the Graduate General Regulations.

Areas of Specialization

Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, documentation and linguistic analysis of North American Indigenous Languages, historical and comparative linguistics, first and second language acquisition, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics.

Time Limit

Although University regulations allow a six calendar year time limit (or 12 terms of full-time enrolment) for MA degree completion, (including the MA degree work), an MA student is normally expected to complete the degree in two years. See the graduate general regulations.

Program Requirements

Students complete at least 24 units of approved graduate course work, including all of

LING 800 - Phonology (4)

An overview of contemporary phonological theory and its relation to phonetics, morphology and psycholinguistics.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Ashley Farris-Trimble
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7402, Burnaby
LING 801 - Syntax (4)

Introduction to formal syntactic analysis. Topics include categories, phrase structure, word order, grammatical relations, binding, and long-distance syntactic dependencies.

LING 851 - Research Techniques and Experimental Design (4)

Introduces the use of experimental methods and laboratory techniques for carrying out research in speech and language sciences. Topics include reading research literature, research design and hypothesis testing, statistical methods and data analysis, and research paper write-up.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Murray Munro
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7402, Burnaby

and 12 additional units of graduate course work. Only one course may be a directed research course.

and, in the first year of program enrolment, both of

LING 890 - Graduate Seminar I (1)

An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LING 891 - Graduate Seminar II (1)

An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7402, Burnaby

NOTE: SFU Students enrolled concurrently in a bachelor's degree program and a master's degree program within the Department of Linguistics may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units taken while completing the bachelor's degree to the requirements of the master's degree. For more information go to: and


All students complete an MA thesis based on original research, and will comply with University regulations concerning completing and defending the thesis.

Language Requirements

Candidates must show a high competence in at least one language other than English.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.