Graduate Programs

We offer a variety of programs at the graduate level, catering to students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Our PhD program and two of our Masters programs (MA in Linguistics and MA in Applied Linguistics) are offered "in house" in the Linguistics department; the MILR program is offered in partnership with Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education.

You can combine any of our graduate programs with UVic's internationally renowned Fine Arts and Humanities Co-op program, incorporating work terms into your studies. To find out more about co-op and work experience opportunities geared towards Linguistics students, contact Allison Benner.

You will find general information on our PhD and MA program requirements under Degree requirements (see menu on the left). The UVic calendar provides additional details on these requirements. 

If you have questions about our programs and cannot find the answers on our Graduate pages, check the FAQs page, or contact us directly: 

PhD Program

Regardless of where you are ultimated headed, as a PhD student in our department you will start by acquiring a solid foundation in Formal Linguistics. This will provide you with the tools you need to explore language and linguistics from a wide range of intertwined perspectives.

You can get a sense of the kinds of topics you might work on by scrolling through our recent projects, theses, and dissertations. As you can see, our students tackle cutting-edge research questions in many different areas of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics (language learning and teaching), and Indigenous language documentation and revitalization. 

Masters Programs

Our department is unique in Canada in offering three different master's programs that reflect the specializations of our department: theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics and Indigenous language revitalization.

MA in Linguistics

As a student in our MA in Linguistics program, you will be able to conduct research on a wide range of topics from language variation and change, to theoretical linguistics, to topics in language revitalization and community based research. 

MA in Applied Linguistics

As a student in our MA in Applied Linguistics, you will receive graduate training in formal linguistics as well as in theories and research in the areas of second language acquisition (SLA) and the practice of second language teaching methodology. You will be able to pursue your own research goals through course work and either a thesis or a major research paper. We offer both thesis-based and non-thesis based MA in Applied Linguistics programs, to meet the varied needs of our students.

Note: if your primary goal is to become certified by TESL Canada to teach EAL/ESL/EFL, you may be interested in our one-year Diploma in Applied Linguistics, as a shorter and more focused alternative to the MA in Applied Linguistics.

Masters in Indigenous Language Revitalization

Our department in the Faculty of Humanities works in partnership with Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education to offer a Graduate Certificate and Master’s Degree (MA or MEd) in Indigenous Language Revitalization, the first program of its kind in Canada. The purpose of the program is to ensure a generation of language experts who will have the language and academic skills to participate and lead successful language revitalization efforts in Indigenous communities, and to develop language scholars who will have the expertise to support post-secondary instruction in the revitalization, recovery and maintenance of Indigenous languages. The first class began their coursework in July 2012.