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Applied Linguistics (MA)

In our applied linguistics MA, you’ll study linguistic topics and research methods, focusing on second language acquisition in all its diversity. This includes the practice and methodologies of teaching second languages. You’ll pursue your research under a supervisor with expert knowledge in your topic. Our program offers both thesis- and project-based options.

You may also be interested in our one-year Diploma in Applied Linguistics. It's a shorter and more focused alternative to this master’s program.

Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • develop graduate-level knowledge in a wide range of topics in applied linguistics and second language teaching and learning
  • develop a solid grounding in current applied linguistics theories to explain language acquisition and development
  • develop a solid knowledge of the principles and mechanisms involved in how language is acquired and used and their implications for language instruction
  • develop skills in a variety of research methodologies and their applications in applied linguistics, including skills in designing empirical research and analyzing and interpreting data
  • develop knowledge in specialized areas of linguistics appropriate to their studies, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, and Indigenous language revitalization
  • develop an ability to contribute to the field of applied linguistics and other related disciplines

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Alexandra D'Arcy

Professor, Associate Dean Research, Humanities Variationist sociolinguistics

Hossein Nassaji

Professor, Graduate Advisor Applied linguistics

Hua Lin

Associate Professor Second language phonetics and phonology

John Archibald

Professor Second language phonology

Li-Shih Huang

Professor, Learning & Teaching Scholar-in-Residence, Undergraduate Advisor Applied linguistics

Martha McGinnis

Associate Professor, Chair Syntax, morphology

Sonya Bird

Associate Professor Phonetics, language revitalization

Suzanne Urbanczyk

Associate Professor, Advisor - Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization Phonology, morphology, language revitalization

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