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, a shorter and more focused alternative to the MA in Applied Linguistics.

Requirements

Thesis option:

  • Coursework: 9 units (6 courses)
  • Language requirement: one language other than English - see the UVic Academic Calendar on how you can satisfy this requirement
  • Thesis: normally 6 units of Ling 599

Non-thesis option:

  • Coursework: 12 units (8 courses)
  • Language requirement: one language other than English - see the UVic Academic Calendar on how you can satisfy this requirement
  • Major research paper: normally 3 units of Ling 598

Timeline

These timelines serve as a guide to completing your MA, designed to be a two-year program.

Thesis option:

  • Year 1, September - April: Complete bulk of coursework (7 courses total = 10.5 units)
  • Year 1, Summer: Develop/defend thesis proposal; prepare/submit ethics application (if required)
  • Year 2, September - April: Finish up coursework; defend thesis proposal; get ethics approval (if required); write thesis
  • Year 2, Summer: Defend thesis

Non-thesis option:

  • Year 1, September - April: Begin coursework (10 courses total = 15 units)
  • Year 1, Summer: Begin to develop major research paper
  • Year 2, September - April: Finish coursework; work on major research paper
  • Year 2, Summer: complete major research paper

Staying on track

Every September, you should meet with your supervisor to review and update your program form, and then submit it to our graduate secretary ) by Sept. 30. This will let you keep track of your progress as you work through your program of study.

You can also always access your CAPP (Curriculum and Program Planning) report through My page, under Student Services. Here you will be able to see where you stand with respect to meeting your degree requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a handy checklist for completion of a master's degree.