Program list & descriptions

Linguistics ( Doctorate )

Members of the Department of Linguistics teach and conduct research on topics in phonology, morphology and syntax; indigenous languages of North America and the Pacific Rim; applied linguistics; articulatory and acoustic phonetics; and sociolinguistics.


Prerequisite Minimum standing
MA A- average

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September January 15 December 15


  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of intent
  • For details, please consult the Linguistics website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Department Secretary Maureen Kirby 250-721-6634 CLE D341
Graduate Secretary Jenny Jessa 250-721-7424 CLE D341
FAX 250-721-7423
Chair Hossein Nassaji 250-721-7422 CLE D340
Graduate Advisor Sonya Bird 250-721-7434 CLE D351
Undergraduate Advisor Martha McGinnis 250-721-7429 CLE D350
Applied Linguistics Advisor Hua Lin 250-721-6643 CLE D343

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

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